[10/19/16] If You Go Hunting- Don’t Trespass

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It’s that time of year again…

Over the weekend, the Douglas County Sherifff’s Office received a large number of trespass complaints, and Douglas County Sheriff, Harvey Gjesdal says it is no coincidence that it fell on the opening day of hunting season…

101916 Trespassing Hunters 1 :32 “…or getting permission.”

Sheriff Gjesdal is asking hunters to respect other’s property- and know whether they are on private land, or public land…

101916 Trespassing Hunters 2 :29 “..out of their pocket.”

And, Sheriff Gjesdal adds, that if you are caught hunting on private property without permission, you could be facing more than a simple slap on the wrist…

101916 Trespassing Hunters 3 :31 “…just avoid it entirely.”

In the state of Washington, a No Trespassing sign DOES NOT have to be posted in order for trespass laws to be enforced.

If the land has indications of private ownership, such as buildings, fences, or signs, you cannot go onto the land without the landowner’s or tenant’s permission, if you go onto land despite seeing or being aware of No Trespassing signs, you can be cited for trespassing. If you trespass on private property that is not posted with signs or fenced, or is only sparsely posted with signs or fenced, and you refuse to leave the property when asked to do so by the property owner, you can be cited for trespass.