Hunters reminded that utility land is private property

With hunting season underway, Consumers Energy is reminding people that hunting is not allowed on the utility’s property.

The ban protects the safety of neighbors, utility workers and others. It also addresses the concerns of neighboring landowners that irresponsible hunters will use Consumers Energy property to trespass.

“Responsible hunters do not hunt on the private property of others,” said James Feahr, Consumers Energy’s land management field representative. “We ask that Consumers Energy land be treated the same as other private property, and we appreciate the vast majority of hunters who follow the law and do not trespass.”

Anyone observing hunting on utility land is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency or Consumers Energy’s corporate security office at 1-800-760-3295.

In particular, Feahr noted increasing problems with people building deer blinds and placing bait piles on Consumers Energy land. Blinds reported to or discovered by utility field representatives are “red tagged” and are subject to demolition and removal within seven days. Cost of removal is charged to the owner of the blind when ownership can be determined. Last year, about 40 trespassing blinds were tagged across the state.

Consumers Energy does not rent land for hunting purposes, or provide verbal or written permission to do so. The utility does offer cash rewards of varying amounts for information leading to the arrest and arraignment of those who damage company equipment or property with gunshots. Information about gunshot vandalism can also be given to local law enforcement agencies or the utility’s corporate security department at 1-800-760-3295.

In addition, the use of dirt bikes, ATVs or other off-road vehicles is not allowed on utility property.

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