Montana might be lacking in some areas, but one area we're not lacking is places to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

The next time you're out hiking, fishing, hunting or any other outdoor activity there is one thing you really need to keep on the look out for.

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Montana residents take pride in our ability to have so much access to public lands, and most know where you can and cannot go.

That said there are plenty of places that are private property right next to those public lands.

It's called "checkerboarded land" and you most likely won't run into any signs telling you "do not enter."

a wooden "do not enter" sign on a barbed wire fence

That's why it's so important to be looking for another subtle clue letting you know to "keep out" and that you're about to enter private property.

Not paying attention means you're breaking the law, which could result in not only a monetary fine, but even jail time as well.

Purple Paint Laws in Montana

Montana is one of numerous states that have Purple Paint laws on the books.

What are Purple Paint Laws?

Purple paint laws basically work the same as a posted sign stating no trespassing.

It can be sprayed on a fence or even just on a tree.

A tree with purple spray paint and a post with purple spray paint

So, what will happen if you don't heed the private property owners warning?

According to the website Upgraded Home you could,

Get a conviction for criminal trespass in Montana and you will be subject to $500 in fines and up to 6 months in jail.

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