Letter — Hunters: Take care not to trespass
To the Editor:
ATTENTION HUNTERS! Recently in this newspaper there was an article about a trespassing and poaching case. That article prompted me to write this letter, and hopefully help other people from getting in trouble.
In the last few years there has come a “technology” called the GPS (Global Positioning System) that has the ability to show you the property lines and in many cases even the land owners name. There is no longer any excuse for trespassing.
In Colorado, private property is sacred (as it should be) and you as the hunter are expected to know these property lines. The land owner is under no compulsion to mark their lines! Many times the land owner may not even know his exact boundaries.
Do not expect any sympathy from the governmental agencies. All of these government agencies derive a great deal of revenue from all manner of “violations,” and they will always come down on the side of a land owner, or the state.
The penalties for even small infractions can be hundreds or thousands of dollars, jail time, loss of property, and loss of hunting privileges (in 43 states), and even the loss of constitutional rights such as the right to have firearms.
The point of this is, thoroughly read the game brochures, use a map and Google Earth, try as hard as you can to do the legal and ethical thing, and buy the best GPS device you can, equip it with the proper “chip,” and carry it with you all the time when hunting.
Remember this, It is up to you to be “legal” and in the current political climate of hunter and gun hatred, nobody but you can or will protect you.
P.S. Be vary wary of “setups” and “sting” operations!
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