What happens if you’re caught trespassing on private property when you’re hunting in Wisconsin? Although it happens often, it’s still a crime – and it’s one that could get you thrown in jail. Here’s what you need to know about trespassing on someone’s private property.
Trespassing on Private Property When Hunting in Wisconsin
First things first: Your best bet is to get permission from any property owner whose land you may be on when you go hunting. You aren’t allowed to enter any land that belongs to another person without consent from the owner – even if it’s a big stretch of forest or an empty field.
You could be charged with trespassing if you find yourself on someone else’s land (or if someone else finds you on their land) when you’re hunting. That’s true even if you’re simply retrieving game, which you’re required to do as a hunter. You’ll need to get permission from the land owner unless the land is considered open in the Managed Forest Law program or if it’s considered inholdings (that means it’s private land surrounded by public land). In those cases, you can retrieve game without obtaining prior permission – but you still can’t hunt on the land specifically without permission.
Related: What is trespassing in Wisconsin?
Other Than Hunting, What’s Considered Trespassing on Private Property?
If you enter someone else’s land without permission and cause a breach of the peace, you can be found guilty of trespassing on private property. A breach of the peace could mean nearly anything, including:
- Abusive language
- Acts likely to produce violence
- Acts of violence
- Acts that cause someone to fear for their safety
- Anything that causes or could cause a public disturbance
What to Do if You’re Charged With Trespassing on Private Property
If you’re accused of trespassing on private property, you may want to speak to an attorney who can help you. Call our office at 414-383-6700 now to schedule your free consultation with an experienced professional. We’ll answer your questions and give you case-specific legal advice that helps you get the best possible outcome in your case.