Fending off trespassing hunters can be a tall task, especially when you have a lot of land to monitor. However, in the following clip we see one of the more clever methods anyone's ever used to deter trespassers, as the landowner rigs a tripwire in the woods near a trail camera where he was expecting an unwelcome guest. When the gentleman triggers the wire, he's instantly sprayed with paint that covers his body and his rifle, leaving him feeling guilty and foolish. A comment from the uploader indicates that her mother's boyfriend captured the footage, and you can tell pretty quickly that the hunter on camera wasn't supposed to be there, as any permitted hunter would have known about the booby trap.
WARNING: This video contains graphic language.
The trespassing hunter spoke out in an interview by Deer and Deer Hunting after they shared the YouTube video. Details about the incident were made clear, and thanks to the article and investigative work from Deer and Deer Hunting's editor Dan Schmidt, we now know that it occurred in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania during the 2013 deer season.
Leroy Ogin, 73, told Deer and Deer Hunting that he had traveled that same pathway, which was an old logging road, to get to his favored hunting spot for 60+ years. He did not intend on hunting on the property. He claimed to have never had an issue with the landowner, and was never asked to refrain from traveling through what he acknowledged was private property.
Ogin also explained that the device that blasted him with paint was connected to an airbag mechanism, which triggered a switch tied to a suspended wire.
"I thought I was shot with a gun," Ogin told D&DH. He also said the paint, which was red, ruined his hunting apparel, hat and gun.
Trespassing charges for Ogin have been stayed by the state, and will most likely be dismissed after a six-month holding period with no further incidents. The landowner, 53-year-old Michael Condoluci, was also contacted by D&DH, and via email contradicted Ogin's claim. "Just have to say he was warned about trespassing before," he told D&DH.
Interestingly enough, Condoluci was also ticketed for criminal mischief and criminal harassment, according to the district court office in Luzerne County. His charges will also be dropped after six months, as long as no other charges are given.
We only wish the video wasn't in black and white, so we could see the full paint spray all over this guy. What do you think? Is this a reliable way of thwarting folks from coming onto private property to hunt, or is it out of line compared to other methods?
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