I personally posted signs around our property stating.
4. "Posted: No Hunting, No Fishing, No Nothing, Go home"
You might want to check with the Michigan DNR on #4
By stating no hunting or fishing. I was told by the DNR that even the land owner and guests can't hunt or fish on the property. I would just post no tresspassing every 50 yards.
I envy, the older generation. Our generation will never be as free to hunt as they were.
Huge, huge issue! Great question! To begin, with congratulations on the new spot. I've had some epic battles with trespassers myself and I'll do anything I can to help a brother out!
The good news is that trespassers are lazy. If they were not, they would secure legal permission just like the rest of us. A lot of times, if you can make it hard for them to trespass, they'll go somewhere else. Good fences and gates help a lot! Many of them will not get in beyond what they can easily drive to.
The bad news is that they do not respect the law. We already know that. But they can be made to respect the consequences. Call the Warden or Sheriff every time, no exceptions. In fact, call the Warden in advance and let him know of your concerns. Ask him to stop by for coffee. Make sure he knows that he can rely on you for tips about poachers or other law breaking. That relationship will bring him around and get get the trespassers thinking twice.
Another thing that may help are cameras, and even more importantly signs that warn of them. The camera that they see will get stolen, but the camera they cannot see, but are warned about, may scare them off.
Now here is my biggest caution. Do not get too wrapped up in it. When you confront them, be very polite and never get into an argument. That is how people get killed. Simply explain your right to the lease, take down information and report it to the authorities. And never, never put out tire spikes, booby traps or fire warning shots into the air! As much as I hate trespassers/poachers, it is not worth hurting someone over and innocent people do sometimes make mistakes.
Sadly, these guys will always be with us to some extent. I have allowed a rogue boot tracks to rob me of the enjoyment of a hunt. Don't do that to yourself. Be firm and vigilant, but accept what you cannot change.
Good luck and enjoy the lease!
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