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Old 09-04-2012, 03:00 PM
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I'm trying to determine what is necessary for my posted signs to be legally binding in VA. Does anyone know? I've tried unsuccessfully to find this info online.
What I want to know is, does my name and address HAVE to be on the sign? Phone number? I really don't want to advertise that I'm not local by putting my address on a posted sign. Don't like advertising my phone number either. But I want to make sure they'll hold up if it comes down to that.
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I'm leaning towards buying the signs that scrim had recommended to avoid future maintenance.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:16 PM
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I'm trying to determine what is necessary for my posted signs to be legally binding in VA. Does anyone know? I've tried unsuccessfully to find this info online.
What I want to know is, does my name and address HAVE to be on the sign? Phone number? I really don't want to advertise that I'm not local by putting my address on a posted sign. Don't like advertising my phone number either. But I want to make sure they'll hold up if it comes down to that.
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I'm leaning towards buying the signs that scrim had recommended to avoid future maintenance.

Gator, I don't know where we found it but I believe the following is true:

No you don't have to have name, address or phone number on signs. I believe (silver) paint marked at a certain height is the same as a no trespassing sign as well. I don't have a game reg. book in front of me but I think it might be in there if you have one.

Also, when we 1st bought our place I had some trespassing neighbors. So what did I do, I marked every possible tree along there border and put a strand of barb wire crotch high up. Next year I came through the woods as one was ducking under the fence coming onto our property rifle in hand. The rest of the property I posted heavy to account for lost signs but didn't go overboard either. I have since gone back with certain neighbors and walked lines posting and putting up ribbon. I told them I wanted hunters on both sides of the line to understand where the boundaries were for safety reasons. This way was well excepted and both parties were evolved. If I had to start over I would have met with each neighbor 1st before posting to avoid conflict. Signs don't stop those that will trespass and you don't have to have it posted to prosecute. Also, once people know you own the place and there is no doubt they shouldn't be on it, prosecute every time.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:18 PM
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Don't have any of the info handy but it is in the game regulation book.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:25 PM
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I am not able to privide any detail on VA law, but I can provide a good supplier of "No Trespassing" signs.
I purchased metal signs about 5 years ago for my place in PA, and they still look new.
http://www.vosssigns.com/Specials.htm
Voss frequently runs specials. They are worth checking out. Good Luck.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:37 PM
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Sj is correct on the silver paint. If you do post it - you have to post the entire perimeter. If you just do 3 sides, you can't prosecute.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:03 PM
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Sj is correct on the silver paint. If you do post it - you have to post the entire perimeter. If you just do 3 sides, you can't prosecute.


They have to give the crooks a way out of being prosecuted. I guess if my door isn't locked than they didn't break in too
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:30 PM
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About the silver markings, the book says it has to be an aluminum color paint, like silver consisting of a vertical line at least 2 inches in width and at least 8 inches in length, no less than 3 feet from the ground or normal water surface and visible when approaching the property
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Sj is correct on the silver paint. If you do post it - you have to post the entire perimeter. If you just do 3 sides, you can't prosecute.

I'm not sure where you got this info., but I have to question it. Several years ago some not so law abiding family members of mine were caught trespassing on an 11,000 acre property and the warden said that because there were posted signs at the entrances to the farm that was all that was needed to convict them of trespassing and hunting on posted property. I can assure you there are only a handful of signs on that entire property. You do not have to include any contact info. on the signs.

According to the game laws:

"Landowners may post their property by any of the following methods:

Using a paint mark of aluminum color paint consisting of a vertical line at least two inches in width and at least eight inches in height no less than 3 feet and no more than 6 feet from the ground or normal water surface and visible when approaching the property.

Signs that specifically prohibit hunting, fishing, or trespassing on the property."

If you want more specific info. I would suggest you contact your local warden as they will be the ones specifically responding to any complaints you have. Personally, I make sure there is no question the prperty is posted. IMO if you approach from an adjoining property and see a sign every 100' there should be no question about the property being posted.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:06 PM
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Here is a link although it doesn't answer all your questions.
http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting...teproperty.asp
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:35 AM
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Sj is correct on the silver paint. If you do post it - you have to post the entire perimeter. If you just do 3 sides, you can't prosecute.

Can you tell me where you got this info?

So I did look at the Game and Fish website (which is quoted above) but I'm not convinced that's legally binding. It seems pretty vague. I'd just hate to do a bunch of work for it not to hold water if you know what I mean....
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