If you live in or even just visited Texas, it is highly likely that you have seen fence posts or trees that are painted purple. So many people have seen this, but not everyone really knows what it means or that you should stay away from these purple fence posts and trees.

Texas and some other states have a purple paint law. The purple paint law allows residents and landowners to mark the edges of the territory with bright purple paint. This gives them the option of not having to build a wall to mark your property or putting up no trespassing signs. These purple fence posts and trees essentially mean no trespassing.


There are a number of reasons aside from landowners not having to build walls as to why the purple paint option exists for property owners. Climate change is having a very destructive effect on America’s southern states, so ‘No Trespassing’ signs can and are easily blown away and/or damaged.As with a lot of large properties, it is difficult to monitor and patrol the outskirts of your property every day on top of all the other work you have to do. This is why landowners in Texas and other states with the purple paint law can feel certain nothing and on one knocked off their signs, they just mark it with paint.


The purple paint serves not only to tell people to not go onto private property but also signifies to hunters that this property is private and to not hunt on it. It helps protect the property owners from stray bullets but also since in Texas you can shoot trespassers, it protects the people from getting shot by the owner.

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