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Old 10-16-2019, 04:13 PM
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Here in the Hillbilly Purple paint means No Tresspassing. Purple trees about every 100 ft. along some roads.
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As a semiprofessional search and rescue team member, making trails in the wilderness was a common thing for me. And while preservation of human life is the top priority, the good old Forest Service made sure we understood that they didnít want us ďpermanently defacing the public landsĒ to do so. Our solution was reflective tape. We bought it in several colors, mostly from a logging supply company (they gave us a discount vs the hardware store). Each group would have a color, and every twenty feet (less if the brush was thick) we tied a 2 foot piece at eye level or just above. That way we just had to shine our flashlight if we got turned around. It also gave secondary teams a trail to come relive us or rescue the rescuers ( it happens).

Being designed for logging operations, the tape was biodegradable, and would disappear in about 6 months in the weather, so it wasnít an eyesore for long, and made the USFS happy.
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You can find / buy "Biodegradable Flagging Tape" all day long at many places.

For instance, use "Biodegradable Flagging Tape" as search words on eBay.

I use it often when surveying / staking mining claims.
If you want, you can leave a "message" on it, with an indelible sharpie.
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Purple bands around the trees are whatís used!

Itís getting more common, but is still only used in certain states!

Google no trespassing purple to get an idea.

WV put the purple laws in place a couple years ago. The idea is itís easier/cheaper than signs that get torn down and doesnít leave nails in the tree for saws to hit!

They usually want signs on road entrances and sometimes every so many hundreds of yards and bands of purple usually head high on property line trees around the rest of the property.

Itís pretty convenient for property owners and carries the same legal weight as a sign!

Blue or any dots donít mean no trespassing as far as I know!

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Here in AL, you donít need no tesspassing signs- trees are often planted to mark the land boundary- they mark every tree on the line, also makes it harder to pull down a couple of signs and claim ignorance.
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Here in the Hillbilly Purple paint means No Tresspassing. Purple trees about every 100 ft. along some roads.
No trespassing signs when I was growing up.

Purple paint or ribbon has shown up the last few years.

Didn't know what it meant for a while.

Makes it quicker and easier to mark.

I don't like purple.

I have never felt the need to mark a trail, familiar or otherwise. Grew up in the woods, developed a good sense of direction, could always go back to where I started even from a different direction.
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I've walked on trails where there were false trails, and even some that were so bad that the park service had to actually put up a sign saying "this is not a trail"

i'd be considerate and careful

on your own land of course, it's your rules
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What's a false trail? Did someone deliberately blaze a trail to nowhere?
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What's a false trail? Did someone deliberately blaze a trail to nowhere?
Happens a lot in Scotland. The cairns you see (piles of stones), are used for marking trails. Idiots build them everywhere because "it's just a bunch of stones, and it looks cool" leading to people getting lost. I suspect it's something similar. Someone marks "his" trail, and then doesn't clean it up, leading to others getting lost.
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I've walked on trails where there were false trails, and even some that were so bad that the park service had to actually put up a sign saying "this is not a trail"

i'd be considerate and careful

on your own land of course, it's your rules
That would require you being in an area where there are already trails (official or not) that humans use on a regular basis. In such a case marking your own trail and maybe even going off trail at all may be frowned on.

If you are in an area that may see a couple humans a year and each bushwhacking their own way in to their own desired destination I don't think marking trails would be as frowned on.
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That would require you being in an area where there are already trails (official or not) that humans use on a regular basis. In such a case marking your own trail and maybe even going off trail at all may be frowned on.

If you are in an area that may see a couple humans a year and each bushwhacking their own way in to their own desired destination I don't think marking trails would be as frowned on.
i'm not an expert on such things so i can't say, i guess i was talking mostly of places that do have marked trails

i guess in a place with zero trails, there's no particular harm in marking a trail, so long as that trail goes somewhere worth going
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I generally stay on trails and have never felt the need to mark my passage. However, I've been kicking around the idea of carrying a small spray paint can in my day-hiking bag to mark trees with a small spot or "X" of bright neon paint on the far side of the tree so I can see it when I'm walking back. I don't see how this would harm the tree but some people might perceive it as an eyesore.

An alternative would be to place brightly colored tape on the trees or to score an "X" into a tree with a hatchet. Also, if I do get lost I can start marking trees and at least know that I've already been at that location and avoid walking around in circles.

You can argue that anyone who studies the local map and who carries a compass shouldn't become truly lost when venturing off the trail but we all know reality is different from theory.

Any thoughts?
there is spray chalk. Dont use paint as it is permanent. Spray chalk will disappear when it rains.
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I just want to say that I have seen a couple people mention blue or purple as marking no tresspassing areas. I may be ignorant on this, but after 30 years of legally hunting I have never heard of that so it may be regional or it may be something most people don't know about.

I have honestly never heard of that from any of my assorted family or friends that I have hunted with over the years. I can't think of anybody that would look at some blue dots on trees and think anything other than "**** they are going to cut this soon so I better hunt it now".

I have signs on my property and would never just paint some trees.
Michigan doesnt have a purple paint law, but texas does (for example)

https://wkfr.com/it-is-illegal-to-cr...e-in-michigan/

The purpose is no trespassing signs get stolen
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i'm not an expert on such things so i can't say, i guess i was talking mostly of places that do have marked trails

i guess in a place with zero trails, there's no particular harm in marking a trail, so long as that trail goes somewhere worth going
I suppose it all deepens on the area

I was picturing the areas I tend to frequent. There are "roads" there but they aren't used much. There was a bright yellow, brand new mustang stolen and abandoned there (in the trail) and it was two years before it was found so it is fair to say there isn't much traffic up there. Now with ATV's becoming more popular I assume the area is more visited than it was 15 years ago. As it becomes more and more used the more frowned on it will become to go off road/trail
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