Purple fenceposts mean written permission is needed for hunting and trapping on land
Because of a change in state law, area fenceposts may soon be decked with purple paint.
But that doesn't necessarily mean the landowners are K-State fans.
Glen Cannizzaro, conservation officer with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, said the purple-painted fenceposts and tree trunks signify that a hunter needs written permission to hunt or trap on the land.
In the past, signs were used, and they often disappeared.
"This prevents people from tearing down the signs," Cannizzaro said. "Now they'll have to cut down every tree or fencepost to use the excuse that they didn't know written permission was required."
Interested landowners should paint a purple vertical line of at least eight inches in length on fenceposts or trunks of trees surrounding the area to be posted.
The bottom of the mark must be no less than three feet and no more than five feet from the ground. The paintmarks must be readily visible to any person approaching the land.
Missouri started the trend of painting fenceposts purple, Cannizzaro said, and Kansas is just continuing it.
For those who prefer to post signs the old-fashioned way, written-permission signs are available from the state for free.