Keeping Your Hunting Property Safe From Theft and Vandals

Scouting out and setting up the hunting site is one of the season’s most anticipated events for the avid outdoorsman. Whether it’s your own property or you’re using someone else’s, the main goal is to keep your gear and other items safe and secure. Theft is prevalent everywhere, and even though it may not seem like it, it’s common on hunting properties, too. Here are some tips on how to thwart thieves and vandals.


One of the best ways to keep tabs on that secret spot is to set up some cameras. This is a huge help in staying hot on the tail of that elusive buck that always gets away. Trail cams work best because they are weather-resistant and provide optimal night vision to get a close look at what’s prowling around the property. The problem is, once a thief spots one they often try to vandalize or steal it.

Be sure to:

  • Place the cam in a higher location so thieves hopefully bypass it.
  • Secure it a short distance away from base camp, where thieves are less likely to look.
  • Install locks and security cages around cams to prevent vandalizing and theft.

There’s a lot to choose from on the market. One popular trail camera is the Bushnell 16MO HD Essential E3. It’s equipped with 0.3-second trigger speed for powerful imagery. It also has a PIR motion activation sensor, making it easy to detect anything within 100 feet.

Locks and Safes

There may be some things you wish to keep secure while out hunting or hitting the trail. No one expects their personal property to be pilfered by sticky fingers, but keeping it secure still brings peace of mind.

For times when you need to leave items behind like ammo, knives or personal items, a YETI LoadOut GoBox comes in handy. It’s durable and waterproof, so everything stays intact. Install a lock for added security.

Secure Large Items

Leaving behind hunting equipment, including a blind, tree stand, feeders and decoys, is common during the season. No one wants to lug everything back to the truck or cabin each time. The bad news is, these items are popular with thieves. Keep them secured with anchors, chains and locks. Use large metal boxes for smaller items, because this makes it harder for someone to grab and claim as their own.


While it may not be a slam dunk, adding signs around the property is a good deterrent to keep thieves at bay. A no trespassing sign gives them a fair warning and may be enough to prevent some people from invading private grounds. NRA and “cellular camera in use” warning signs are steps you can take to keep people away.

Fencing and gates on the property are also important for signaling to unwelcome visitors to stay away from property perimeters.

There are multiple ways to keep intruders away. Making sure property is secure is also about personal safety too. Taking precautions now will ensure a safe and secure hunting experience when opening day arrives.

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