I decided to go 4wheelin on what looked like an abandoned rock quarry . . .He started yelling at me telling me I was on private FU*&##& property and that he was calling the police. All the while I was trying to calm him down and explain that I didn't know that it was private property
. He took some pictures and called the cops.
Warning -- I'm going to sound like an oldfart with a bad attitude about people who violate my private property rights . . . I make no apologies.
I own property, and have had people drive over it like a**holes, even around my gate, so I understand the owner being angry. We property owners get tired of having to deal with it, and I'm sure this probably wasn't the first time for him. Yes, I'd block you in. Yes, I'd be armed when I confront you. Yes, I'd call the cops.
I've gotten the same "I didn't know it was private property" excuse from trespassers. Unless it was posted as government property, why wouldn't you assume
it is private property? All property is owned by somebody unless it belongs to the government -- how can you assume it isn't private?
Even an "abandoned rock quarry" is private property, and it needn't be posted for charges to be pressed for trespass. What you did is no different than me driving through your front yard. Is it any wonder that all the private timberlands that were open when I was a kid are now gated and posted?
Check your hunting regs booklet -- the State makes it clear that private property does not have to be posted.
Personally, I would have agreed to drop the charges if you paid to have a contractor come out and fix the damage. At the time the deputy was there, I would have had him/her serve a criminal trespass notice.
As much as I support open carry and the right to bear arms, had you shown up on my property open carrying after the initial incident, I'd have had a deputy responding priority 1 and would have filed the charges. Our actions represent the groups we belong to-- in this case you left a negative image of both ATV riders and OCers with this property owner.