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Dealing with trespassers
« on: July 10, 2017, 11:40:19 PM »
 Sunday  noon out with the dogs found this on the rear of the property a quarter mile back along our power line ROW, past 2 no trespass signs. Seems the driver had a few to many and thought he'd go out for a little late night trespassing. After losing his quad in the stream he hoofed it home for wifey's nice 4wd. grocery getter.



This was bottomed out nearby.   


Spoke with a neighbor that thought he might know the quad's owner. Mentioned that if I'd call for a deputy and a wrecker in an hour. Twenty minutes later he's there hung over and very polite, his friend with a tractor following along. Took most of an hour to get them out on a nice sunny afternoon. My wife knows his mother and grandmother so no trespass charge, this time.

If he'd  been injured or worse we'd likely have been sued for somehow failing to prevent his injuries, this time.
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Re: Dealing with trespassers
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2017, 05:27:28 AM »
Who is going to clean up the damages?
Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

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Re: Dealing with trespassers
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2017, 05:42:06 AM »
I know of a vary similar situation in which the land owner refused access to the trespasser to recover his wife's vehicle.  There was easily an over $20k vehicle sitting in the field for over a month while negotiations took place.  Try explaining that to the wife when she wants to drive somewhere :D

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Re: Dealing with trespassers
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2017, 05:54:58 AM »
I know of a vary similar situation in which the land owner refused access to the trespasser to recover his wife's vehicle.  There was easily an over $20k vehicle sitting in the field for over a month while negotiations took place.  Try explaining that to the wife when she wants to drive somewhere :D




That's just what I'd do for at least a year.  ;)
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Re: Dealing with trespassers
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2017, 09:06:03 AM »
Back in the day my father had a place in Missouri that had a septic drain field that emptied into the middle of his property.  Teenagers next door decided to drive over his property.  Next morning their pickup was to the frame in the septic seep.  He told me he had some interesting conversations with the boys farther.
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Re: Dealing with trespassers
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2017, 10:46:05 AM »
Looks like they've punished themselves a good bit already.   :D  I'd probably handle it about the same, but would want some restitution for the ground damage.  Either straighten and reseed the grass, or labor on some other project to drive home the point.  $ would be too easy.

We have a good long term neighbor who's farm hand took his equipment one night and tried to rustle our cattle.  We were lucky on two fronts.  1.  They did it within 300' of where my cousins had their deer camp on our place.  ;D  2.  The farmhand was incompetent and got hung on a tree and stuck trying to back up to the corral.  My kin got a good description of the unique truck and were getting ready to shoot tires, but after he got stuck decided to watch the show instead.   :D  He ended up leaving the trailer to get a tractor with loader to unstick the trailer and then booked it out of there.  A week after discussing this with our neighbor we were compensated with a wagon load of hedge posts that were supposed to go to the farmhand as a recompense.  I wanted it taken further, but no actual theft occurred, and dad didn't want to drag the neighbors good name through court over his farmhand's action. 
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Re: Dealing with trespassers
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2017, 12:05:43 PM »
 :D Karma has a way of biting them in the butt. You handled the situations well, the perps paid for their misdeeds and your neighbors are still your friends.
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Re: Dealing with trespassers
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2017, 04:30:30 PM »
Hey Whiskers,
  You've got to stop watering your lawn!
If you  don't know where you're going, you'll probably end up somewhere else!

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Re: Dealing with trespassers
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2017, 04:35:34 PM »
Why should he stop. It looks like he got the desired result.

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Re: Dealing with trespassers
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2017, 06:19:46 PM »
 No real damage, just a couple ruts that'll fill in when the creek floods. That little stream can become several feet deep by 200' wide after a storm.

He was polite, apologized and said he would make it right. He understood that his family's good name was saving him a lot of grief and expense. Had he come off with an attitude I'd have spoiled his whole week. Been on a few fool's errands myself, some not all that long ago. But for the wisdom and kindness of strangers my lot wouldn't be as it is today. I'm guessing that he won't be back which is all I want.

Those kids finding the septic leach field could get expensive real fast. Recently had one replaced, $1300 for 100' in sand soil.
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Re: Dealing with trespassers
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2017, 07:41:44 AM »
i got caught one time by a lo and that was enough for me he wasn't bad but my dad well that was different story  :-X  after that i always asked  and most said ok  now that I'm a lo i know how he felt  ;D

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Re: Dealing with trespassers
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2017, 08:10:36 AM »
I have concerns that kids might plant illegal crops on land I pay property tax on.  Land owners are easy pickins for gung ho law enforcement. 

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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2017, 10:14:45 AM »
At times law enforcement appears more interested in the rights of the offenders, those four young men that went missing may have run afoul of someone with a shotgun, a backhoe and a crop to protect.
 
One problem around these parts, the illegals setting up camp. There's a church near here with some acreage and a stream. Their guests, invited or not, have some of it's unhappy neighbors selling out. A bad situation for all. Not sure how I might handle a deal like that.
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Re: Dealing with trespassers
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2017, 01:59:10 PM »
Hey Whiskers,
  You've got to stop watering your lawn!

this was from October '15

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Re: Dealing with trespassers
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2017, 09:40:44 PM »
i got caught one time by a lo and that was enough for me he wasn't bad but my dad well that was different story  :-X  after that i always asked  and most said ok  now that I'm a lo i know how he felt  ;D
I didn't want to deal with my dad either. I really didn't. He was not mean, I had too much respect for him.
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Re: Dealing with trespassers
« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2017, 06:18:11 PM »
Usually never works out well when one mixes booze and anything with wheels.

You may want to inform him 4x4 is for getting you back out,  Not in ;)

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Re: Dealing with trespassers
« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2017, 07:08:11 PM »
I rode my atv out to the back gate the other day for the first time in weeks and came up on a guy with a dirt bike !
He also had an antenna for tracking collared moose. Turns out to be a state wildlife biologist. I don't mind that kind of 'trespasser'.
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