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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 11-25-2018, 07:25 AM Thread Starter
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Little help?

Ok guys, I recently purchased 52 acres that cuts off access for a few camps and I have posted it. These camps have been using the trail through my land for years. And they are more than a little upset with me.
I have 3 kids, wife, dad nephew and a couple close friends hunt my land. It does no good for us to have people waltzing through while we are hunting.
Bottom line is the camps could/should have bought the land before I did if access was as big of an issue as they are making it out to be.
Any tips on how to smooth it over? Or just stand my ground and roll with it? Cant make everyone happy and it's my investment to protect.
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Is the access that was cut off the only access to those camps?
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post #4 of 40 (permalink) Old 11-25-2018, 08:03 AM
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If I owned one of the other camps I would be upset but I would understand why you wouldn’t want me walking through.
They are just going to have to deal with it and you don’t owe them a explanation.
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What are they using the trail to access? Public land, or something else?

If the trail has been used for a long time, and you cut off access, they might challenge it in court.

They may (or may not) have a right to continued use of the trail, through a prescriptive easement through adverse possession.

If you Google "prescriptive easement", you will find lots of info.

How the judge would rule on this would depend on the details of the situation.

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Stand your ground and consult with an attorney.
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Did you read your deed and are there any easements specified in the deed?


They may already have legal assess through your property.
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I suspect if there was an easement, that would have been the first thing brought up when he closed his property to trespass.
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No easements exist through the property. The trail is just an old firewood path the previous owners used to get wood for the house. There is public land on 2 side of my property if they want to get to the back side of myvland they are welcome to go around. Its further for them and an obvious inconvenience but that's not my issue.
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post #10 of 40 (permalink) Old 11-25-2018, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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For the record I have been on their side of the fence also. We have lost properties and access over the last 25 years also. It happens. It's tough to swallow but you have to move on.
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