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Another thing to look at would be to "map" out the trails that come in and out of your property and simply put up signs and fencing at those key areas, maybe even a trail cam.

If you're finding spent shotgun shells, then they likely aren't hunting dear, they're either hunting birds such as Turkeys, Pheasants or maybe even Quail or varmint like Rabbits, Squirrels, etc.

Don't know where exactly you live, but I would definitely be spending more time at the property and getting to know your local law enforcement and game and fish departments. Let them know what's going on and ask for their help. People could be hunting on your property without license and if Game & Fish start snooping around, then illegal hunters won't be there for long.

59 acres is a LOT of property, but if you're there, and you hear quads or other off road vehicles zipping around, then I would drive out and go meet the folks. Be nice about it, but also explain that this is private property under new ownership and that they need to respect your rights as property owners and go have fun elsewhere.

When I used to hunt as a kid, we would offer property owners a portion of the meat from any game we took on their property for the permission to hunt their property. We hunted on 2 massive farms in Ohio and we knew where the boundaries were and where we could and couldn't hunt.

This was back in the late 70's, but I know of several instances, where neighborhood kids had a warning shot off the porch put over their heads from a farmer cause they were tearing up his autumn fields on their dirt bikes. Only takes once and they are gone from that place and it typically was handled by a parent, with a belt after the farmer called the police.

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