You may know about the Purple Paint Law, and you may not... But if you find yourself in rural Idaho and you see purple paint on a tree, post, fence or wall, I reckon you go back the other way.

I first learned about the purple paint law thanks to our friends at our sister station, 97.3 The Dawg in Lafayette, LA. This is particularly useful information if you like to hunt or even hike in rural parts of the state. If you see purple paint on a post or a tree, maybe even a fence or a wall, consider it to be the same "warning" as a "no Trespassing" sign. According to, sometimes landowners may choose to use purple paint instead of a "no trespassing" sign because "acclimate weather has a tendency to knock those signs down. Painted posts convey the same message without the fears of being knocked down." Why purple? It's a color that even color-blind individuals can see, according to the One-Armed Outdoorsman.

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The biggest meaning for this beyond just "no trespassing", is that you are not allowed to hunt in that area. Sometimes in wooded areas you can't necessarily see a house that may be hidden and someone may have animals on or near their property that they don't want being hunted and also, to prevent accidental hunting related deaths, of which there are "about 1,000 people are shot and killed in hunting accidents", according to

Idaho is one of several states that recognize the purple paint law and this is very important information to know. Here's a little more information thanks to the One-Armed Outdoorsman.

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