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#5620288 - 02/25/15 03:39 PM Stopped the poaching
Gangly Offline
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Registered: 10/14/13
Posts: 315
The first piece of land that I had access to hunt on had some serious poaching/trespassing. It was only 50 acres, but it was a natural funnel for deer, and deer highways were present throughout. After posting private property signs on the barbed wire fencing and property border trees, we would still catch people coming and going on the property constantly. Being only 50 acres it wasn't hard to start scouring the property to find where they were coming in at. After identifying their entrance areas we started looking for stands and equipment. There were multiple stands on the property that were brand new, as well as trail cameras, feeder pipes, and a Mathews bow. Yes, one stand location had a bow hanging in the tree, maybe the guy went home for lunch and was planning on coming back later, I don't know.

So we removed every stand, camera, feeder pipe and the one bow. In their places we left private property signs and a laminated sheet of paper. The paper informed them that they had a limited amount of time to claim their property. If they chose to claim their property, there would be no strings attached other than them having to meet us and we would gladly give their property back to them. If they chose not to claim their property, it would be handed over to the game warden and they could get it from him if they still wanted it. Doing it this way allowed everybody to introduce themselves, for us to meet our neighbors in a non confrontational situation, and to let them know the property was being attended.

Some items were never claimed, others we're claimed within 24 hours, but since we did this the poaching has become stagnant.

It seems to have worked for us, maybe it can work for you, who knows.

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#5620337 - 02/25/15 04:01 PM Re: Stopped the poaching [Re: Gangly]
ttubudd Offline
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Registered: 09/08/09
Posts: 388
Loc: Plano, TX
Awfully generous of you. Glad it has worked for you, can't say I'd be that nice.
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#5620368 - 02/25/15 04:14 PM Re: Stopped the poaching [Re: Gangly]
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Loc: Wolfe City, TX
Glad you corrected the problem. Don't know if I could've been that nice.
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#5620442 - 02/25/15 04:41 PM Re: Stopped the poaching [Re: Gangly]
wisco-hunter Offline
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Registered: 12/12/11
Posts: 359
Good plan of attack, who would leave an expensive bow out on anothers property, boggles the mind juggle
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#5620559 - 02/25/15 05:40 PM Re: Stopped the poaching [Re: Gangly]
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Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
I like your style. Well played for your neck of the woods. up
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#5620785 - 02/25/15 07:23 PM Re: Stopped the poaching [Re: ttubudd]
JRJ6 Offline
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Registered: 03/13/14
Posts: 3899
Loc: Dallas, TX
Originally Posted By: ttubudd
Awfully generous of you. Glad it has worked for you, can't say I'd be that nice.


Agree

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#5620864 - 02/25/15 07:44 PM Re: Stopped the poaching [Re: Gangly]
Marc in Bastrop Offline
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Registered: 11/02/10
Posts: 713
Loc: Bastrop County
Wise move to try the nice way first.
Lets them know that you mean to enforce it, without starting a nasty and long running battle.
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#5621109 - 02/25/15 09:13 PM Re: Stopped the poaching [Re: Gangly]
jetdad Offline
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Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 934
Loc: Grayson county
You mean I can have my bow back? banana

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#5621148 - 02/25/15 09:32 PM Re: Stopped the poaching [Re: Gangly]
crooked horn Offline
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Registered: 01/20/14
Posts: 68
Loc: Brown County
Glad it worked out for you. I "played nice" a couple of times in the past. Then one of my local GWs told me that was the WRONG path to take, need to set the tone. He said habitual tresspasers don't care about others feelings/properties/rights, so why should I forgive them. And, he said if you let someone off easy, they are more likely to test you again. Amazingly enough, the first time I actually pressed charges (which I allowed to be reduced to simple trespass from felony trespass) I havent seen any further signs of a problem. That was a few years ago. All my neighbors know if they need to get on my place for a wounded deer, missing cow, whatever, just pick up the phone FIRST. We all have each others gate combos. Although the problems I was having in the past wasn't from owners, it was their leasors.
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#5621281 - 02/26/15 12:32 AM Re: Stopped the poaching [Re: Gangly]
Double Naught Spy Offline
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Registered: 05/18/11
Posts: 4182
Loc: Forestburg, Montague Cnty, TX
Wow, a lot of people finding Matthews bows left by poachers of late.

http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/5618048/1/Poachers_on_our_property


Edited by Double Naught Spy (02/26/15 07:30 AM)
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#5621326 - 02/26/15 05:54 AM Re: Stopped the poaching [Re: Double Naught Spy]
Western Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
Posts: 23592
Loc: Wise County Texas
Originally Posted By: Double Naught Spy
Wow, a lot of people finding Matthews bows left by poachers of late.
Noticed that too, they must be cheap blush

Glad you have it solved, for now. I tend to believe folks that have the brain to do that stuff, end up doing it again. If I had elected to handle it that way, the note I left would read more like.

" My place cost $750 per day to day lease, you spent at least one day placing equipment and one day hunting, so please bring $1500 when picking up your equipment. For future hunts, I will require prior notice and cash up front. Thank you, have a nice day"
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#5621433 - 02/26/15 07:50 AM Re: Stopped the poaching [Re: Gangly]
Double Naught Spy Offline
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Registered: 05/18/11
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Loc: Forestburg, Montague Cnty, TX
Maybe other folks just have a higher class of poacher than what I am used to seeing.
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#5621449 - 02/26/15 07:59 AM Re: Stopped the poaching [Re: Gangly]
colt.45 Offline
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9307
Loc: wondering about the woods
eeks333 WOW, top 3 topics are aboit poaching. Frst lease was on several time cam arosd people who thought no one would be hunting that day. An public land permit is only. $48.00 for a permit. Granted a tougher hunt. Brst wishes. flag
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#5621590 - 02/26/15 09:32 AM Re: Stopped the poaching [Re: Gangly]
aeb Offline
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Registered: 06/06/10
Posts: 16185
Loc: West Texas
You guys must have better Game Wardens than some of us. Never had any cooperation at all.
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#5621627 - 02/26/15 09:50 AM Re: Stopped the poaching [Re: Gangly]
Erathkid Offline
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Registered: 01/19/11
Posts: 14616
Loc: Dollas,Taxes Bluff Dale Tx
I've 'played nice' before with a neighbors Son. It only emboldened him further. Destroyed feeders, etc. Finally had enough and called the Sheriff...No more problems...Yet.
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