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Hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and a host of other outdoor activities are a viable option for filling your time while the decent weather holds out. If you're out and see a big purple line painted on a pole or see purple fence posts you need to know what that means.

Texas is one of many states that has a "purple paint law." Basically, this law allows for a property owner to use a purple line painted on the property. The purple lines are used in place of a "No Trespassing" sign.

These are the specific rules for how the purple line is to be painted, and where; so you know what to be on the lookout for.

According to Texas' purple paint law, the line must be painted in a vertical line that is eight inches long and one inch wide. The bottom of the line must also be painted three to five feet above the ground.

There are also rules for where they can be painted. They have to be no more than 100 feet about in timberland, and no more than 1,000 feet apart on open land.

They must be visible as people are approaching the property.

Trespassing carries a pretty stiff penalty in the state. It can get you a $2,000 fine or up to 180 days in jail.

Outdoor activities have become one of the easiest ways to get out of the house in 2020 due to the restrictions and guidelines for businesses due to the pandemic. If you plan on spending time in the great outdoors, be sure to look for purple paint.

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