I have 300 acres of "private" land adjoining the Space Center which only 2 people have access rights to. Entrance is blocked and there is a gate which takes a key to gain access.
This afternoon I went to the property to do a little hog hunting. More sign than I've seen in months. Didn't see any pigs so I decided to check the 3 traps which I have on the property. Well, to my surprise...... all 3 traps were GONE!
These weren't small traps, they were actually permanent type traps. Sides of each weighed around 100lbs, the gates weighed 50lbs, and the gate mechanism was made of unistrut steel. The corners were 4X4 posts sunk 3 1/2' deep. Some posts were even concreted. It would have taken at least 2 people, shovels, cordless impact wrench, and crow bar to disassemble these traps. Not to mention the truck to move the materials.
Have had problems with trespassers running dogs on the property in the past. And hogs have just started returning since I got that stopped.
Now I have to find out how someone managed to get a vehicle on the property and take these traps. The nearest one to the only known access point was 1/2 mile from entrance. So I know they didn't carry them to the entrance. And to top it all off they even took the 2 five gallon buckets of corn I had souring near 2 of the traps. I only hope it spilled in their truck!
wow, those were some serious traps. sounds like they knew what tools to bring, so they have been on the property at least twice.. I lost a nice climber last year on our 1400 acre place, other hunt club members lost 6 stands and a couple of game cameras between December and May. All of the stolen stands were in the woods not out in the open. In the 25 year history of the club nothing had ever been taken. the timber company sold the place earlier this month so I'm gonna start fishing again..
Posts: 2526 | From: Ocala , Florida | Registered: Mar 2005
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Let's get a possee together! That kind of stuff amazes and infuriates me. The idiots probably stole them for scrap metal. I recently had some nut sneak into my lease, climb one of my stands and shoot a big hog with a high powered rifle(and leave it laying there!).
I've since installed trail cams and now carry heat each time I go there. I would contact the sherrif if you haven't already.
The trail cam is a good idea. You should place one at the gate so you can get license plate info. If that doesn't work, maybe claymores or pungee sticks will do the trick.
Posts: 963 | From: Tampa, FL | Registered: Aug 2011
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