If you live in Texas or some surrounding states, you may have seen a post or pole on the edge of someone’s property spray painted purple. This isn’t just a choice in lawn decor, there’s actually a reason for it that you may not be aware of. According to the Purple Paint Law, states like Texas allow landowners to paint a fence post or pole on the edge of their property purple to signify “No Trespassing.” Why no signs? Some landowners might have signs, too, but acclimate weather has a tendency to knock those signs down. Painted posts convey the same message without the fears of being knocked down.
Unfortunately, not everyone knows the true meaning of these painted posts, which can actually be quite dangerous. While the posts signify no trespassing in general, they specifically refer to “No Hunting” on the owner’s property. This is meant to not only keep cattle safe but to keep the owner and their family safe from potential stray bullets.
This is an extremely important law to abide by. About 1,000 people are shot and killed in hunting accidents each year, many of these are people not involved in the hunting trip at all, but living on the property where the hunt took place.
The Purple Paint Law isn’t just in place to keep landowners safe and their land or cattle intact, it’s also meant to assist busy farmers who cannot possible monitor a large spread of land. As any Texan understands, it’s incredibly difficult to constantly keep an eye on their property’s boarders, especially if the owner has a full day or owns several acres. It’s just too much work for anyone to do on top of farming their land or managing their cattle.