The red polka dot. A universal sign that means no hunting, no trespassing, private property, and keep out.
It is very visible and will be located on trees, fence posts, or stakes that have been hammered into the ground. These usually run alongside a piece of privately-owned land.
Unfortunately, not all private property is posted as some folks don’t live in the area, but still treasure that little piece of heaven they’ve personally invested in and pay taxes on so they can enjoy at their leisure without any worries.
As a land owner myself, I find it somewhat violating to go into my own fields and find them all tore up from someone’s truck tires or to come across the dead animals that someone had shot, then gave up on while they were trespassing.
A hunting licence does not give you the right to enter private property. And the simple fact that you are a resident of Ontario is not a licence to go where you please, either.
The new hunting laws say there is no more road hunting, which means fence line to fence line is out of bounds.
We cannot carry a loaded gun in, or on, a motorized vehicle at anytime. We cannot shoot from our vehicles into ditches, fields, or bush lines. We cannot stand on the side of the road or in the ditch to shoot down the line or across the road.
And you most definitely cannot shoot onto, or even drive onto, private land without written or verbal permission just because you think nobody is there.
To the two brightly-dressed hunters in the dark grey truck that trolled for the entire morning this past Thursday along public roadways that have miles and miles of clearly-posted and private property for all to see, I hope that the deer you illegally shot from your vehicle onto our very private and posted land, to which you trespassed onto to retrieve, gives you the warm fuzzies at night as you serve this to your family.
You had absolutely no idea where I was sitting or walking that morning when you fired your rifle into our bush line and killed that animal!
Call me grateful for hunter orange and trail cameras.