Selected Articles from our
The C.A.S.H. Courier
ARTICLE from the Summer 2007 Issue
HOME INVASION BY HUNTERS
HELP CA.S.H. START A LEGAL FUND
TO STOP IT!
Michael Moore thinks firearms are okay if they’re directed at animals,
Pledge No. 9 on his website proclaims: “We will not take away your hunting
guns.” We implore Michael to take a closer look at the subject and make
TERRORISTIC HOME INVASION his next important documentary.
HUNTERS RULE! That slogan might as well emblazon all woods access points,
regardless of whether they are privately owned. Gun toting bands of
trespassers bully their way through the woods, running radio-collared dogs
at all hours of the night and day, and individual lurkers lie in wait.
We’ve been contacted by many landowners who have tried to keep hunters
off of their property. Instead, they have had the law turned against them by
complicit law enforcement officers. Some landowners are even charged with
hunter harassment or other crimes.
Here are just a few examples of homeowners who have been victimized by
hunters and then again by the law enforcement agents who were called to help
them. The cases below are just a few examples of how property owners are
The following email was sent by a woman who wishes to remain anonymous
“For the last five years we have had problems with hunters. They
are allowed to hunt on a neighboring property that is only 200 ft wide.
These men come every year and position themselves on or about our property
line. They get on ladders or in tree stands and face our property,
hunting our field.
The definition of hunting in our state encompasses
tracking and pursuing, which is occurring on my property, even if the hunter
is physically standing on the neighbor’s property. To make a long
story short, we have found shot gun shells on our property, and we have had
dogs with orange vests encircle our entire property (it is illegal to hunt
with dogs in our state).
When we call the police, they tell us it’s a
game warden issue. When we call the game warden, they tell us unless
we physically catch someone or catch the dog, there is nothing they can do.
We started playing a radio on our property during hunting season and making
noise to safeguard the property. These men are hunting less than 200
feet from residential structures. They cut a narrow hole into a fence
and they shoot the deer as they come through. This is not hunting.
This is poaching to me.
On the first day of hunting season this year,
the police were at my house as I was pulling out to leave for work.
They told me I would have to turn my radio down. I asked “Why?” There
is no noise ordinance in our township.” He told me that my neighbors were
complaining. I told him that my neighbors were not complaining;
because all my neighbors have the same issue that I do with these gentlemen
(I use the term loosely) and all my neighbors know why I play the radio and
support my reasons for doing so.
He told me that if he could hear the
music at the road, I could be charged with disorderly conduct. I told
him I would gladly drive to the road with him (my driveway is 1/4 mile
long). We drove towards the end of the driveway. I stopped about
400 feet short of the road. I got out of my car and asked him if he
could hear it. He said “No.” I told him the hunter that complained
does not live here, he’s just being allowed to hunt the neighbors’ property
and he had to be nearly on my property to even come remotely close to
hearing it. He agreed and said he would talk to the hunter. He
did and the hunter left.
Of course, they were back by that evening so
we continued to stay outdoors as much as possible, refusing to change our
habits or lifestyle to accommodate hunters that are intentionally trying to
intimidate us. Four months after this incident, a wildlife officer
came to my home. He told me he was investigating complaints about
hunters. He asked me if I had any trouble with hunters. I told
him yes, one had called the police on me for playing a radio. He asked
me if we had done anything else to discourage the hunters. I told him
we use an air horn and anything else to safeguard the property. He
gave me a ticket, stating that I had unlawfully deterred a path of a deer
that was lawfully being hunted, even though, I saw no deer this year and
even though I was on my own property. I have had to pay an
attorney $1000, so far to defend myself against these charges.”
THIS IS THE FIRST BROADCAST IN A SERIES TITLED, “TERRORISTIC HOME
INVASION BY HUNTERS,” KATHY ANDREWS TELLS US THAT IN RURAL SOUTH CAROLINA,
“HOME IS LIKE LIVING IN IRAQ”
Please visit our Media-Center at
Click on the link to the Recent C.A.S.H. Radio Interview With Kathryn
DON’T MESS WITH ATTORNEYS: JAN HAAGENSEN, ESQ. CHALLENGES
THE HUNTER HARASSMENT STATUTE IN PA!
In the past, we’ve written quite a lot
about Jan Haagensen’s nightmare with home invasion by hunters with the
complicity of the police. Jan is leading the fight to stop the hunter
harassment statutes from being used against landowners who try to keep
hunters off of their property. If she succeeds, it will diminish the freedom
that hunters now enjoy and the support they receive from law enforcement
officers and lower level courts.
These pervasive intimidation tactics have
got to stop, but we need your help. Your dedicated contribution to C.A.S.H.
for the legal fund will help Jan and others to win peace for themselves and
Since the late 1960’s, my parents, who had moved into
a very rural area in Pennsylvania, were very active in seeking to protect
all of their property from invasion by hunters. My parents, my brother and
sister and I, all wanted to protect and create a sanctuary for the wild
creatures sharing life with us in the country. But as soon as we said “No”
to any and all forms of hunting, and made it clear that all killing and
trapping was forbidden on our property, we became subjected to vicious and
criminal kinds of harassment by local hunters, and by the local police (who
were also hunters).
One of our barns was burned to the ground; gates and
fence were destroyed over and over again; our “No Trespassing” signs were
torn down as soon as we put them up; we received death threats on a regular
basis. The local police did nothing to stop the destruction of our property,
or to end the terroristic threatening, and trespassing. The Game Commission
officers did absolutely nothing to stop the poaching, road-shooting,
shooting at night, trespassing and firing into our front yard, and barns.
They could never be reached when we needed help, and never identified or
arrested the persons responsible for these crimes.
When my father, who had
lost his sight, was dying, the hunters took advantage of his condition by
trespassing right through our back yard; neither my blinded father nor my
very frail mother could stop them. Both of my parents were deeply troubled
by this criminal behavior, at a time when they were unable to protect their
After my father’s death, my mother and I tried to make the state
police respond to our complaints on the many occasions when we were invaded
by hunters. Our neighbors let us know that hunters had buried high-powered
rifle slugs in three walls of their home, on a Sunday afternoon (the one day
hunting is supposed to be forbidden). Those rounds of live fire necessarily
went right through our front yard; the state police never even informed us
that such an incident had taken place.
On the day that my mother and I saw
hunters on the side of a local road, preparing to fire into the road
(traveled by a school bus) with high-powered rifles, I told the hunters that
they couldn’t shoot from that position, and told them I was calling the
police. When a state trooper finally showed up, even though the hunters
admitted to trying to shoot from the side of a public road, I was the only
person threatened with arrest.
I later caught an entire gang of armed
trespassers on our property as they were getting ready to conduct an illegal
sweep or “drive” through our property. After confronting them and telling
them to get out, I was met by a state trooper and a game warden, who
threatened to arrest me then and there for trespass. I was at all times on
my own property, and the property of a neighbor who had very specifically
given me permission to walk through his farm to reach mine, and come at the
hunters from a safe direction.
I was ultimately charged with nine separate
offenses, including two felonies (filing a false report), and several counts
of “hunter harassment.” Local police who had themselves trespassed on our
ground for years were the complaining witnesses; the other charges were
framed against me by the state police.
I was convicted of the hunter harassment charges by a local magistrate,
who said in open court that he would like to put me in jail because I “hated
hunting.” I was convicted again, on a summary appeal, of five separate
hunter harassment charges in the Court of Common Pleas. I spent four years
clearing my name, and was forced to spend thousands in fines and costs. I
had to hire a criminal lawyer to do trial and appellate work; the American
Civil Liberties Union joined us on appeal in defense of my First Amendment
rights. Thanks to their work, and the work of a superb criminal lawyer, I
was successful. I was acquitted on ALL COUNTS.
Consequently, I am now
preparing to file a civil rights action seeking damages against all
complaining witnesses, including the local police, their municipal and city
employers, the State Police, and the Game Commission. I also intend to
challenge the constitutionality of the hunter harassment statute, both on
its face and as applied to me. My federal constitutional First Amendment
rights, as well as my Fourth Amendment guarantees of freedom from arbitrary
seizures, were grossly violated by the government, in concert with local
Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court found that there was no evidence
whatsoever to support the criminal charges that were brought against me by
the government. The Court harshly criticized the conduct of the local police
and judiciary in their appellate opinion, but did not address the issues
which we had raised as to the constitutionality of the hunter harassment
If I am successful, the hunter harassment statute will never again
be used by the state to shackle legitimate protest as to the criminal
invasion of private property, legally closed by rural landowners to hunting.
I want to end any future use of the statute by the government to force
landowners to accept the invasion of their property by armed intruders, who
have a demonstrated interest in killing, and complete contempt for the
safety and rights of other human beings and animals.
FAWN LEGS TWISTED OFF BODY AND LEFT IN HOMEOWNER’S DRIVEWAY
June, Natalie Jarnstedt who heads Citizens for the Prohibition of Hunting in
Greenwich had a letter published in the Greenwich Time, Greenwich,
Connecticut’s local newspaper. The letter was critical of wildlife
management and hunting. The same day the letter was published, Natalie found
two legs that had been ripped out of a fawn and carefully placed on opposite
sides of her driveway. Natalie took the legs to a local veterinarian and he
confirmed that they had been twisted and ripped out of the body. We all pray
that the fawn was not alive at the time, but suspect otherwise. Natalie has
been outspoken against hunting for over 20 years. She said this is not the
first time she has found body parts in her driveway. To date, the police
have done nothing.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
PLEASE MAKE AN ADDITIONAL
THE C.A.S.H. LEGAL FUND TODAY!
Home invasion by hunters with complicit law enforcement has
got to stop for landowners and the wildlife that shares the
land. Your dedicated contribution to the C.A.S.H. Legal Fund
will help Jan to win peace and safety for wildlife as well. If
you are making a dedicated contribution please indicate so on
your check, or state the percentage of your donation that you
wish to apply to the C.A.S.H. Legal Fund.
A successful outcome will encourage landowners to keep
hunters off of their property and give them the proper
protection from hunters that they should have had all along.
Should law enforcement be indifferent or complicit, they will
henceforth risk being themselves charged in criminal as well as
THIS IS WAR!
WE BELIEVE THAT JAN HAAGENSEN, ESQ. CAN WIN
with your support!