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No Hunting Signage Frequently Asked Questions and Regulations

Q. Do no-hunting laws differ across states?

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Yes, trespassing and hunting laws differ across states and may have different requirements for owners about posting their land. In a lot of states, the state wildlife management agency may enforce and implement trespassing and hunting laws.
While a lot of states do not mandate posting to indicate hunting prohibition, others do and even have specifications regarding how it must be done. You may find more useful information here.

Q. Can no trespassing signs prevent unauthorized hunting?

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By deterring unwanted visitors from entering your property, no trespassing signs can certainly prevent unauthorized hunting as well. But posting signs targeted at prohibiting hunting specifically are likely to do a better job. You can even opt for posted no hunting signs which combine various trespassing and hunting messages to stop unauthorized access to the property. These signs convey whether hunting is prohibited entirely on your property or if you allow it only upon prior permission, and any legal/punitive consequences violators may face.

Q. Why do no hunting signs say ‘posted’?

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‘Posted’ on no hunting signs indicates that hunting, fishing, and/or trapping can be carried out only with prior written permission from the property owner. The owner may take appropriate action against hunters hunting without due permission. The use of the word ‘posted’ on security signs implies that visitors either obtain prior permission or keep out of the property in question. State laws specify sign requirements for clear messaging.

Q. Can someone hunt on private land if it’s not posted?

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Hunting on private land without the permission of the owner qualifies as trespassing and may attract legal action. While a lot of states have specific requirements for posting land, 22 states do not have such requirements and consider unauthorized presence on private land an act of trespassing irrespective of whether the land is posted or not.
Since these laws differ across states, please contact your local law enforcing authority for more details.

Q. Does posting my property give me protection from liabilities in the event of an accident on my land?

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Yes, posting appropriate no hunting signs that communicate the private property status and unauthorized hunting prohibition does give landowners some legal safeguard if an accident occurs on their land. Not only do these signs warn potential intruders but also serve as proof that due notice was given, based on which owners may claim liability prevention.

Q. Are no hunting signs legally enforceable?

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To ensure the safety and security of their property, and deter unauthorized hunting, landowners have the right to post no hunting signs that deter unwanted visits and activities. The legal enforceability, requirements, and consequences upon a violation vary across states.
Some states require posting while others don’t when it comes to landowners authorizing hunting on their grounds. Please contact your local law authorities for more details.
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