Respect Our Decision to Post
Eight years ago I was hunting on property that my husband and I own and young, so-called hunters, drove by, hung out the door of the truck and shot at a doe standing in the middle of the field. Little did they know that I was sitting on the other side of the field and saw them approaching and was in direct line behind the deer they shot at. Needless to say, a frightening experience!
My husband and I later found the deer and called the Maine Warden's Service. The young men were cited for multiple violations, and it was that fall that we decided to follow suit with our neighbors and post our property.
We did this to provide a safety buffer for our neighbors and anyone with written permission from us to hunt on our property. There is nothing scarier than to have someone shoot in the direction of you or, in our neighbor's case, your home.
We have never had a problem with people respecting our choice and right to post our property until these last couple years. People have been completely disregarding the signs and parking in the field, driving around the posted signs and shining up the field under the cover of darkness and now, they have gone one step further and in their own twisted sense of humor, have torn the signs from their posts.
We paid for this land, we pay taxes on it, we spent our valuable time and money to post the signs and we have always allowed sportsmen to hunt or fish when they've been courteous enough to ask our permission to access the land. We thank them for being respectful and responsible.
Now, I know that the people who find humor in violating us and our property will not read this, but I'm sure they will hear about it through the grapevine. I am here to ask you, the responsible citizen, to pass along the information to the irresponsible, so-called hunters to please respect our decision to provide a safe buffer for our neighbors and those sportsmen allowed on our property.
The day will come when you, the violator, will own property and expect others to respect your decision to manage it how you please. You may want to start treating others how you wish to be treated, otherwise, your earlier decisions may come back to haunt you.
What goes around does eventually come back around.