Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Craig Plummer

Private Land...People acting like it's public

15 posts in this topic

Ok. I own 80 acres in mora with a stream going through the land. Occasionally I will walk the woods and I always seem to find a deer stand (most likely from neighbors backing my property) Ive talked to them about it and they removed the stands. I recently walked the woods again only to find another stand. and it really makes me mad since nobody even asks us or talks to us. So I just took the stand down and threw it in my shed.

What would you do? I don't want to start a war or anything because I'm only at my cabin maybe once a week so I don't want to come back to some vandalized property.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Our property is surrounded by Potlatch so finding the lessees isn't always easy but if we come across a stand, we'll take it down and leave it at the base of the tree. That usually gets the point across. Next time out it'll be gone. You could try working the perimeters with more No Tresspassing signs too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What we do at our cabin is we put up no tresspassing signs every 50 feet as well as a single strand of thick, visible wire about chest high. That way, in order to get on, you have to go underneath the wire. We don't have problems at all, but our neighbors really respect everyone else and are friendly with each other. We'll only "tresspass" if we're tracking they're deer, which we have an open invitation to do, or we need help with something.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I find a tent in our woods a few times. I told the person to stay out several times, but he would come back in a different spot. I don't walk through the land often...so I have sure he has been doing it for years.

So, two years ago...I took the tent and all of his camping items. Haven't seen him since.

What is worse, is people dumping garbage on your land...like old applicances. Don't people care?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

the bottom line guys, common since aint that common.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have had issues for years where we hunt private land in North Dakota. In the last two years I have had people come onto posted land and steal two of my better climbers.

I have always tried to be fairly kind to others that seem to think they can hunt without permission. Now, I call the Game& Fish or get the license number and call the Sherrifs office and charge them.

Nice just does not seem to stop it where we are hunting.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I too, have had this happen. It is more disheartening than anything. I sometimes wish they knew the time and effort in scouting and habitat rehabilitation I have put forth on the property in question.

I agree Harvey Lee, nice only goes so far, as much as you would like to believe people would understand, sometimes you just wanna pull your hair out.

Tom, as for someone stealing stands, wow, I haven't had that happen, but I will say one time I actually found someone who had the nerve to sit in one of mine. I really had to chuckle at that. When I confronted them, they tried to play the dumb card and say that they thought someone left it there for some time... When I explained that their vision of long time was 3 days ago and the fact that they parked about 20 feet from my posted property sign, they thought I was stupid or something. I may not be too smart, but smart enough to call the C.O. and earn them a ticket.

Guy's be thankful there are more of US (the good guys) than there are the bad ones.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

kingfisher1 "What we do at our cabin is we put up no tresspassing signs every 50 feet as well as a single strand of thick, visible wire about chest high."

I hope you are being sarcastic about the chest high wire??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 Originally Posted By: zrmo440
kingfisher1 "What we do at our cabin is we put up no tresspassing signs every 50 feet as well as a single strand of thick, visible wire about chest high."

I hope you are being sarcastic about the chest high wire??

whats wrong with that?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

nothing until some wild animal gets caught up in it and perishes or some unexpecting kid comes by on his 4 wheeler and is decapitated......sounds pretty dumb to me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

He won't be trespassing again.....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We have wire stretched out over land (much of it woods) to keep cattle in. Well, the cattle are not there anymore, but the wire still it. Some of it is barbed wire.

I have never seen an amimal caught in the wire or injured by it. Could it happen? I guess there is a chance. An animal could run into a tree too.

I have had people complain about the wire on the land (4 wheelers mainly). I would never wish anyone to be injuried with this wire. I have started to take some out, but some has been there for nearly 100 years.

My response to the tresspassers...what are you doing there in the first place? If the wire is visible, I see no problem.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A little story -

About 15 years ago, maybe longer - my great uncle put a cable accross the 2 mile driveway into our hunting shack.

One deer season they were visitied by the sherrif. A snowmobile driver was going too fast and was decapitated. The wire had reflector tape all accross it - and the driver was extremely intoxicated.

Since then we have never put a cable up. This year we are putting a cattle gate type accross our driveway. There has never been any retaliation to our property or any words about the wire; but not worth someone losing their life.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I feel sorry for the guy that lost his life, but you have to understand it was his "fault"...even though I know that could make you feel bad.

I think a cable over a driveway and one along a field or in the woods are totally different things. If you planted a tree on your land and a drunk ran into the ditch and hit the tree and died, would you feel as bad?

Terrible either way though...and sorry this is getting off topic. It is common for people to put fences around their land to keep people out or animals in. If you go where you are not supposed to, you risk running into this.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not that I really want to add to the off topic conversion, but I would think you would be setting yourself up for a lawsuit if someone got injured by it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • ZachD
      How did you do?
    • ZachD
      So I am torn I want to put a graph in my smaller boat.. I love my lx 6 flasher and am thinking about getting the high speed transducer for it and just going with that but I don't get why they charge $199 for it when bird and lowrance ducers are far less   I almost pulled the trigger on the lowrance hook 4 with down scan and chart plotter at gander for $179  I don't care about the chart plotter really as I have a big hand held gps that I use in that boat and that screen is larger than the hook 4 when you have it split plotter and graph they only had the display model left and wouldn't go lower price so I passed   If I can find the hook 4 at another gander that doesn't have the chart plotter for cheaper I may go with that   Does any one have experience with the lx on open water I hear it is at par with an lowrance elite 5 I am kind of wanting to go with that but don't know   What would you do run the lx open water or go with hook 4 with down scan  
    • bmc
      We survived our trip!  LOL   Fishing was steady.   We caught 30 walleyes in 3 days of fishing.  Usually fished from 11 am to 4 pm.  The 'eyes were running small, lots of 11 to 13 3/4" fish, but we did get 3 keepers.  We also kept a few nice perch and crappies.  We also caught a few snake northerns.   Jigging w/ chubs produced the best, but I did catch a few 'eyes on the crawler lindy rig combo.  Mid lake structure and underwater points off of islands all produced fish.  Mayflys were hatching, but the fish were still hungry. I did catch a 4-5 lb channel cat in the Savanna River one evening.   We stayed in the south loop of the Army Corp campground.  We liked that we were w/in about 30 yds of our boat which we kept at the dock.  The river on the north side of us and the lake on the south side offered a nice breeze to keep things cool and the bugs away for the most part.  Con's were the campsites are small and were too close together.  Also no turn around at the end of the south loop road.  The north loop was beautiful, spacious campsites, but surrounded by swamp and we heard the skeeters were bad at dusk.  Definitely want some thermacells or a screen tent to enjoy the evening by the sounds of things.  Also the docks aren't close/in view of the campsites.   We would definitely stay there again, on the north loop, in May or Sept. after the skeeters have died down a bit.   Staff was friendly, shower houses were nice, boat landings were nice.     Brian
    • MedicineMan
      Went out Thursday for a few hours. Caught a 28" Walleye along with a handful of nice sized Bass.
    • knoppers
      thanks for the report.
    • JBMasterAngler
    • JBMasterAngler
      Just got back from our 34th annual Grand Marais trip. Weather, and how bad it was, was the theme. At one point or another, it rained every single day we were there! The wind was miserable he last couple days as well. Really affected our fishing plans, as we had to cancel out on some of our normal lakes, and fish some less than desirable backup lakes.   As per tradition, we left in the middle of the night and pulled up to the Lester River just a few minutes before sunrise. Didn't catch anything there. Also got skunked at the Talmadge and French rivers. I got free admission at Tom's logging camp on account it was Father's Day  and as always, kids had fun feeding the animals. I did catch a few little rainbows out of sucker, knife, and Stewart rivers. Had our traditional "fisherman's breakfast" at McDonalds in Two Harbors. We stopped at the silver creek tunnel, and that was the first time I've been at the overlook since it was actually part of the highway back in '94. We rolled into Grand Marais at about 3:30 and had to wait out a rain storm before putting the boat out on Kimball Lake. We lost several trout, and in the end, only my 6 year old son caught 2 rainbows.   Monday we fished Greenwood Lake, and as was the case with my 2 older kids, my 3 year old daughter caught her very first fish here...a smallmouth bass! Between all of us, we caught about 130 bass, all of which were pretty small. Unfortunately no lake trout. However, a big surprise occurred...while casting for bass, I caught a herring! Then a few minutes later, my son caught one also! Never would have guessed I'd ever catch one in the summer, let alone 2!   Fished a "secret lake" on Tuesday and caught quite a few northerns. They were all either 5 pounds, or 6 inches long, nothing in between. My son caught an 8 pound, 33 incher, which ended up being the biggest fish of the trip. We was screaming, and excited, and wanted me to take his fishing pole. But after about 10 minutes he finally got it in so I could net it. He's still bragging about it. My 3 year old also caught her 2nd ever fish, a perch, which ended up being the only one of the trip.   Went up to Saganaga on Wednesday. I spent I don't know how many hours trying to catch lake trout, but didn't find any!  Finally gave up and ventured deep into red rock bay for the first time ever. Really nice back there, wish I would've went there first. Fishing was ok, considering the weather was starting to get bad. Caught the biggest bass of the trip, a hair over 18 inches. On the drive back we seen a bear. Ironically it was walking down the road to black bear lodge at Poplar Lake.   Biggest disappointment came on Thursday. The plan was to fish both Hungry Jack and West Bearskin lakes. The wind was terrible, and coming straight from the west. Had hungry jack not had the reputation as a big bass producer, I wouldn't have went here. Unfortunately the big bass weren't around, nor any bass for that matter. Only caught 4 small bass. Kids caught about a dozen or so sunnies from the dock at the resort, some of which were decent size. We didn't even bother with bearskin. There's no way we would be able to launch our boats in that wind. We went to Loon Lake instead. In the limited time we were there, we caught about 30 tiny bass. My 9 year old daughter also caught her first rock bass. I tried for lakers, and marked a lot of them, but didn't catch any.    So since we didn't fish West Bearskin as planned, we penciled it in for Friday. Knowing the weather was going to be bad, we picked Poplar Lake as our backup. I drove up to Mayhew Lake to start, because I wanted to check out the launch. I was able to get my boat down the launch, but it was a real tight fit. Nice little lake. We saw a mommy moose with 2 babies laying right on the shoreline. I got sick of trolling, so I decided to cast cranks along the drop offs of the one small stretch of shoreline that was out of the wind (relatively speaking). Hooked into a big fish! Got excited because I thought I finally had a lake trout! It was a northern!  never thought I'd be disappointed in catching a 5.5 pound pike, but that's what I was. Didn't bother going to Bearskin, as I knew the wind was too bad again. Went to Poplar, which is a lake I do not like! As is typical, the fishing was no good! He weather was bi polar! It would be bright and sunny, then rain for 20 minutes. Did that the whole rest of the day! Only caught 1 little pike and  1 little bass. Got excited for a minute, as whitefish started surfacing around my boat in the evening. I was hoping I could catch 1 or 2, but nope!    Saturday we were supposed to fish Two Island for a few hours before going home. But it was pouring rain. We didn't even bother driving around to different boat launches. So the trip ended on a sour note, but we still had lots of fun, seen a moose, had our donuts (I highly recommend the bacon maple longjohn by the way), and went to Sven & Ole's. I was going to go camping in Ely in July, but I think we'll come back to Grand Marais instead, and try to make up for what we missed out on due to the weather. IMG_6122.MOV
    • CaptJohnWis
      I have not been on Rainy much as of late. On June 12, I got 75 walleyes in about 6-8 FOW. On. June 15 (Sanctuary opener) I hit Stangi for several hours and only got four fish. June 17, got 20 fish in about five hours - mostly walleyes on a weed edge in about 8 feet of water. Many on jig with Lunker CIty trailers. Also some good ones on a feather jig. Bass were few and far between. Plus some pike but nothing huge. Biggest walleyes 24-25". Bass 18", pike 29". View my fishing report to see videos of lures that were working.   I did mark lots of fish in deeper water but they were dink walleyes so I did not fish them for long.The dinks are actually harder to catch on lures than bigger ones. They respond better to live bait which I don't use.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      We had a good bite on 1/2 crawlers today! Boated 45 walleyes and kept our limits of fish that were all between 15-1/2" and 19-3/4 "! Released at least 6 slot fish. Largest was a fat 25-1/2 inch fish. Best over all sized fish limit all summer! The walleyes were stuffed with either May fly nymphs or molted crayfish.  
    • Michael Felix