Everyone loves the great outdoors, but be careful if you encounter a purple fence post in your travels.

Like to hunt? Like to explore? Stay away, if you seen land or a fence with a purple fence  post. Stay away! Illinois is one of eleven states that allows landowners to make their property with purple to enforce a "NO TRESPASSING ZONE".

So, why not just post a simple No trespassing sign?

Purple paint is permanent and can stand the effects of changing weather in Illinois. 'No trespassing' signs will fade with time and age and using a purple fence post is more economical than building barriers.

Important, the paint must be “readily visible to any person approaching the property,” and the bright purple paint can be placed on fence posts or trees.

The law has been in place in Illinois since 2011.

The eleven states that allow property owners to mark their property with purple paint are:

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • Maine
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Arkansas
  • Montana
  • Arizona
  • Kansas
  • Texas

While most hunters are respectful, some were not. The law was put in place in Illinois because some hunters were disrespectful and hunted on private land without permission.

More information on Illinois' Purple Paint law can be found HERE.

The law, just like in Illinois, is also in place in Texas



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