Michigan Trespassers Caught on Trail Camera

Posted by: Justin Zarr on Dec 26, 2013

Few things upset hunters and landowners more than trespassers. While many people invest their hard earned money and precious time into habitat improvement, scouting, and hunting smart it only takes a few minutes for a trespasser to come on your land and potentially ruin a good thing.

Recently our good friend Scott Hoffman of HuntMore was dealing with just such a situation. For years Scott and his family have found evidence of trespassers on their Michigan property but were never able to catch the perpetrators in the act. Mysterious footprints in the snow, tire tracks on the access road and missing "No Trespassing" signs year in and year out were enough to drive Scott and his family to seek out ways to monitor their property while they weren't there.

Starting this past year they purchased several Covert trail cameras that are equipped with cell phone technology and can text an image directly from the camera to your phone. While this is a very handy tool for monitoring your deer and other wildlife, it really came in handy in catching trespassers on Christmas Day!

Assuming that most people would be home with their families celebrating the holiday, two trespassers showed up on their property and proceeded to park, grab their guns and head out into the field. Getting the text message right away Scott was able to notify local authorities before heading out to meet the offenders who were charged with recreational trespassing.

Bowhunting.com wants to send a big "Congratulations" to Scott for his clever tactics and hopefully this will be a lesson learned for future trespassers who just may think twice before crossing their next fence.

Trail camera trespassers

Dressed in snow camo and ready for action they only forgot one thing - permission from the landowner!

Trail camera trespassers

"Let's go under this wire, I'm sure nobody will mind"

Trail camera catches trespassers

The trespassers are greeted by Michigan State Troopers upon returning to their vehicle.  Too bad, so sad!

Justin Zarr

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50 Comments on "Michigan Trespassers Caught on Trail Camera"

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not sure why the 3 posts prior to mine were flagged. All were pertinent, so spam, no inappropriate language or sentiments. Anyway, good for the landowner; score one for law and order. And to the guy who doesn't see why people post their own land...that's the point. They paid for it, and continue to pay property taxes, so its theirs to decide who has access. If you are so magnanimous, why don't you just donate it to the state and relieve yourself of the property taxes?
Posted by dnoodles on 12/26/2013 3:57:53 PM
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They should lose their hunting privileges.
Posted by mike on 12/26/2013 4:09:18 PM
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I actually have pictures of trespasser hunting ginseng on my personal property and others of hunter on another property that only myself and one other guy has permission to hunt.
Posted by Tim on 12/26/2013 4:15:16 PM
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Chad Peterson what do you mean? You caught dnr and a sheriff on your property and they were deleting your cameras pics? If so that's bullcrap is go to your county prosecutor
Posted by chris hall on 12/26/2013 6:37:43 PM
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doesnt appear they even entered the property if thats the county rd. ??
Posted by michigan on 12/26/2013 6:51:42 PM
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Way to go Scott! Congrats buddy!
Posted by JFergus7 on 12/26/2013 8:31:41 PM
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This is great. Does anyone know what type of trail cam they were using that sends a signal to your cell phone???
Posted by corey on 12/26/2013 8:55:30 PM
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It's says in the story. He was using Covert trail cams. https://www.covertscoutingcameras.com
Posted by JB on 12/26/2013 9:18:52 PM
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"doesnt appear they even entered the property if thats the county rd. ??" Check the time stamp they were in nearly an hour from the time of the first picture to the last one.
Posted by scott on 12/26/2013 10:02:29 PM
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They are Covert Black Ops Cameras. They use a prepaid AT
Posted by Dustin on 12/26/2013 10:19:43 PM
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Looks fake the round red light on the car
Posted by Tim wells on 12/26/2013 11:49:09 PM
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Noticed they didn't have a deer hahahaha. Also I accidently hit the report button and didn't mean to do so Sorry.
Posted by Dave reason Sr, on 12/27/2013 12:02:42 AM
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hey Mr. Wells not on state, county, and city law enforcement use the fancy light bars everyone is so use to seeing. And furthermore if the said vehicle is a plain wrapper (i.e. an unmarked car) then they will use the magnetic ones so get your panties out of your a%^ and learn something before opening your mouth
Posted by Ed on 12/27/2013 1:26:38 AM
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I drive semi in the state of Michigan and there state trooper cars have a round light on top the car that's it
Posted by kevin on 12/27/2013 2:07:47 AM
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Its not fake. Everything is legit including the red light on tge top of the MI State Trooper squad car. As for a parking spot, yeah. To trespass onto Scotts land. Notice the wire being held up to go under.
Posted by Cory H on 12/27/2013 2:52:16 AM
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This is a problem issue all over the states..There is no place for this...completely disrespectful and yes it does give true hunting sportsman a bad name.. Here in Pa not only do we have problems issues with trespassers etc.. we also have problems with the "game commission officers" stomping deep into private posted land " for no reason "other than to say " we can do what we want"..It is things like this that is ruining hunting period..People need to realize its a huge liability issue to the land owner to permit people to hunt and if you are not granted permission then stay off the property period..land owners are using cameras such as this story and some dont call the authority's, they just call a recovery towing company and have the vehicle removed at owners expense..that goes for "anyone" stepping foot on private land to hunt illegally or those who think " they can do what they want ". ;)
Posted by walking tall on 12/27/2013 6:10:25 AM
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Awesome! Glad he finally caught them. Covert Cams are Awesome!
Posted by SharpEyeSam on 12/27/2013 6:30:44 AM
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These guys parked on county property. There was no trespassing.. That's why they got no ticket. My advice to the property owner is to aim his camera away from the line so he can catch the real trespassers.
Posted by Denjer on 12/27/2013 7:29:50 AM
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I notice the also had no Orange on when they left, even though one guy had the minimum orange hat on when confronted by the State Trooper (and YES, MI State Police just have the one red light on the roof) Also, not many places in MI you can hunt with a rifle for deer on Christmas day...if any?
Posted by Skip Berry on 12/27/2013 9:02:23 AM
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To the jack wagon who said any hunter should be able to hunt wherever the game is whether private or not you sir are a retard. Granted this is MI but there are a few states that allow you to shoot trespassers on site esp if they are armed hunting purposes or not. If this is my land that I purchased and pay taxes on then you will stay off of it. How would you like it if I just came into your trailer plopped down and started drinking your beer. Same concept.
Posted by Noah on 12/27/2013 10:15:39 AM
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Scott, those look like muzzleloaders to me. I think some zones it was still muzzie season. Not that it matters - poaching is poaching, no matter the tool. Either way the tools used (including the the vehicle) are subject to seizure IF they were used in an illegal take. Otherwise it's just a trespassing citation. Had they shot a deer, THEN it's poaching as far as the law is concerned.
Posted by dnoodles on 12/27/2013 10:17:23 AM
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***EDIT*** sorry, this should have been addressed to Skip Scott, those look like muzzleloaders to me. I think some zones it was still muzzie season. Not that it matters - poaching is poaching, no matter the tool. Either way the tools used (including the the vehicle) are subject to seizure IF they were used in an illegal take. Otherwise it's just a trespassing citation. Had they shot a deer, THEN it's poaching as far as the law is concerned.
Posted by dnoodles on 12/27/2013 10:18:29 AM
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There are NO Muzzleloading Seasons open on Dec 25 The only possible legal use of a rifle on Dec 25 would be if the land was in an area with a "Late Anterless Season".
Posted by Skip Berry on 12/27/2013 12:08:44 PM
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I have a nice collection of hunting equipment due to trespassers
Posted by Henry on 12/27/2013 12:10:19 PM
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Commendable for protecting his property, but should get the whole story first. No charges were ever filed and they weren't actually hunting on his land.
Posted by No name on 12/27/2013 2:18:54 PM
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I think tresspassing is wrong but I also think people that own the land that think they own the deer on the land is wrong too... whitetail deer are free roaming wildlife not owned by anyone.
Posted by Roger from PA on 12/27/2013 5:35:35 PM
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For those of you not from Michigan, The State Police in Michigan still use the same old single red light on top of the car that gives a double red flash. That is definitely a Michigan State Police Car.
Posted by Jim on 12/27/2013 8:19:16 PM
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Curious, per "no name", if you enter on someone else land are you trespassing per Michigan law?
Posted by Hexman on 12/27/2013 9:36:50 PM
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"No Name" if the State Police escort you off your neighbors property, down their driveway and you admit you trespassed to the officer, is it not still trespassing?
Posted by Hexman on 12/27/2013 9:40:44 PM
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They either walk with a limp or be left for dead. In woods buzzards got eat too ......
Posted by christopher young on 12/27/2013 10:38:22 PM
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No orange and rifles on dec 25 means coyote hunting to me.
Posted by kingfish on 12/28/2013 8:43:34 AM
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Camera is a Covert Code Black.
Posted by trevor on 12/28/2013 9:43:25 AM
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Steal and kill your deer? Think NOT dude they are a natural resource therefor belong to every one!
Posted by David on 12/28/2013 10:57:03 AM
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Dave, Who said anything about Stealing or Owning the deer? Where you coming from on this issue? No landowner I know thinks they "Own" the deer, unless it's a high Fence, and that is not my cup of tea. IN Michigan, the State owns the wildlife and tries to manage it. Land owners try to help manage their property to both hold and grow deer. But the Landowner does not own them. Where you coming from? That issue was not in the article?
Posted by Hexman on 12/28/2013 12:02:35 PM
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I have an interesting update to the story. Some how I misunderstood the "on Scene" State Trooper. He told me today that he has sent up to the Barry County Persecutor his police report. The Barry County Persecutor has to decide if or what to charge them with! Nothing, Trespassing or Recreational Trespassing. The officer decide not to cite them for Recreational Trespassing, becauseā€¦ Drum roll please... they said "it was their first time hunting the adjacent property and was not sure of the property lines"! Why he did not cite either hunter is beyond me, especially for the lack of Hunter Orange for at least one of them! Unbelievable! I will update!
Posted by Hexman on 12/28/2013 6:19:42 PM
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Skip Berry - "Also, not many places in MI you can hunt with a rifle for deer on Christmas day...if any?" No, not for deer, but they might have been hunting for something else. (Coyotes
Posted by Paula on 12/28/2013 9:12:19 PM
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Guys, in Mich. on Dec 23 Private Land Doe Tags kicked back in. From my higher res pictures I down loaded to my computer, they were using Muzzleloaders. Note coyote hunting and therefore should be wearing Hunter Orange... Unless you don't want to be noticed. The first treestand is less than 50 yards from the road.
Posted by Hexman on 12/28/2013 9:19:09 PM
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coming on my land without permission is no different than coming in my home without permission....both will be treated the same..game over
Posted by Jesse on 12/29/2013 9:03:02 AM
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we have caught locals,and actual neighbors on our ny property hunting over the past years... we live 3 hrs from our property so its hard to catch them in the act but we have caught people in the act of hunting before and they were all escorted off the property..the most famous excuse is that they were lost.. we now have trail cams hidden through out the property that monitor tresspassers and we also have stands with dummies in them with hunter orange on 80 yds in along the access rd to keep unwanted tresspassers at bay...it ridiculos what we have to do to keep tresspassers off our property,its a ongoing issue
Posted by jmd on 12/30/2013 2:31:14 PM
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Just AWESOME! No place for it in the sport!
Posted by Ty on 12/26/2013 10:36:27 AM
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AWESOME! Can't find their own land so they have to steal from others!
Posted by Jordan on 12/26/2013 10:40:49 AM
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congrats that's awesome!!!
Posted by bobby on 12/26/2013 11:34:15 AM
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I suffer the same irritants, litter
Posted by Augie Anderson on 12/26/2013 11:40:27 AM
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Great job and a great use of a Covert to catch these guys!!
Posted by ChuckC on 12/26/2013 12:14:07 PM
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Post their photos so we will all know to keep an eye on them.
Posted by Rev. Robert on 12/26/2013 1:06:50 PM
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I feel there pain but it hurts more when you have a DNR and sheriff on cam trying to delete my pics from cam after they are busted with it. So now what to do is my question ?
Posted by Chad Peterson on 12/26/2013 1:07:24 PM
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Cut fences, pastures littered with beer cans, torn down "no trespass" signs are the reasons most hunters get a bad reputation. So, if you see a fellow hunter ruining it for everyone please speak up. Otherwise, some ranches will close their gates to everyone. I'm the one who has to repair the fences and clean up the junk after hunting season around my place; makes me want to close all access.
Posted by Sam on 12/26/2013 3:31:36 PM
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What type of cameras did you use to catch them with that send to your phone
Posted by jeremy on 12/26/2013 7:41:44 PM
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That's why land owners like us work our tails off only to have jerks steal our and kill our Deer
Posted by Matt-Tx on 12/26/2013 7:47:17 PM
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tell ya what we have zero tolerance for trespassing scum, the last dude that i caught hunting archery on my land was too stupid to realize the tree he was up in..was soon getting harvested..lol.. he pissed and shi% himself...there is more to the story but ill stop there
Posted by Scootz on 12/27/2013 10:45:10 AM
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