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Why do the NO HUNTING signs in my area always say POSTED, too?

Asked by augustlan (47679points) May 22nd, 2010

All of the No Hunting signs I’ve ever seen in my area (Maryland and West Virginia) look like this, as opposed to the No Trespassing or No Soliciting signs, which simply state their message. It just seems kind of redundant. I mean, I can see that the sign is posted, can’t I? Why do they feel the need to tell me, too? Is there a legal reason that Posted has to precede No Hunting?

While searching for images to use in this question, I noticed that you can buy signs that don’t say “posted”, but I’ve never seen one here. Could this be a regional thing?

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YARNLADY's avatar

I believe the “posted” refers to a specific law that holds more weight than just the owner telling you.

Seaofclouds's avatar

I agree with @YARNLADY. I don’t know for sure, but that is what I think the difference is. They use those signs in Delaware as well for the state parks and other state property. I tried to find something that actually states if there is a difference, but I couldn’t find anything.

Coloma's avatar

Yes, same in my area, must have something to do with local codes and statutes or something along those lines.

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marinelife's avatar

“Purchase a sign that has the word “Posted” on it. In Virginia, only signs that say “Posted” are legal.” Source

john65pennington's avatar

The signs have two reasons. first, the sign is advising or warning you(required in most states) that hunting is not allowed on this property. second, ever wonder where Post It Notes got its name? from posted signs on peoples private property. usually, the word Posted is also required by law to be visibly visible to everyone, so there is no mistake that the property owner does not want individuals hunting on his property. the sign is there for you to read or “Posted”.

dpworkin's avatar

It has a legal meaning that allows arrests for violations.

augustlan's avatar

Thanks for the answers… I wonder why only “posted” signs are legal, though?

Nullo's avatar

@augustlan Because the real world has its trolls, too. Mischief-makers and anti-hunting types, for instance, would no doubt be eager to use the signs to mess with hunters.

A courteous, law-abiding hunter will always get permission before hunting on private property.

Val123's avatar

I always wondered the same thing with our shop. All the mower shops had signs saying “Posted Labor Rate….” I think I dropped the “Posted” off of the one I made for our shop, as it seemed rather redundant!

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