Jury Acquits Missouri Hunters Charged with Trespassing in Wyoming

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  • Rachelle's avatar

    https://gearjunkie.com/outdoor/hunt-fish/wyoming-corner-crossing

  • Noah's avatar

    This is a big win

  • Nathan's avatar

    @Noah it’s HUGE!

  • Brad's avatar

    Things just got interesting!

  • Noah's avatar

    @Nathan I’m all for private land rights but they’re blocking the public from using public land while they use it all for themselves or charge to be able to use it

  • Nathan's avatar

    @Noah yeah, I’ve heard/read some pretty terrible stories about public hunters being harassed by some of the big landowners.

  • Noah's avatar

    @Nathan pretty sure they’re the same ones that are against the reintroduction of let’s say buffalo because they’re afraid they’ll damage fences they’re the same ones who almost caused the pronghorn to go extinct

  • Nathan's avatar

    @Noah I’ve never been out west, but hopefully cases like this will help shift the landscape a bit for when I get to head out that way.

  • Noah's avatar

    @Nathan Same plan on heading to Idaho so I hope it’s not as bad as Montana and Wyoming

  • Jeff's avatar

    @Noah yeah! This entire corner crossing is a cluster for sure. As a Montana resident it sucks that even smaller land owners pull this crap. When you look at the hunting regs it doesn't say it's illegal. It doesn't say it's legal either.

  • Jason's avatar

    This is great news for these four, but unfortunately as the article notes, a trial-level victory is only truly a victory for these hunters. This doesn't establish any precedent whatsoever, it does potentially provide a roadmap for future defenses to these charges and could impact the political will of a prosecutor to bring charges. For this case to have changed law the hunters would have to have lost at trial then won an appeal on grounds that invalidated the law. At this point, a change in the state law will have to be accomplished either with the state legislature or by winning an appeal as mentioned before. Which is to say, there's still work to be done.

  • Jeff's avatar

    @Rachelle thank you so very much for the post!! Awesome

  • Noah's avatar

    @Jeff yep when I was looking for a place to move all this came as a shock because where I live currently it’s east to put roads everywhere and access public land

  • Adam's avatar

    That’s awesome I first heard this story on the meat eater podcast. Big win for public hunting!

  • Stephen's avatar

    I’m from Casper and let me tell you… this is going to set such a huge precedent and it’s incredible!!

  • Hayden's avatar

    Haha I guess I can tell u guys with ease that I found most of my sheds by Corning crossing this year lol

  • Gerald's avatar

    This is terrible news.. landowners now will come up with new laws that will prevent corner crossing to ever happen again in the future. We should have worked with them and tried to agree on a fair rule or land exchange where we could ensure more access to public lands instead of making it a war between landowners and hunters.

  • Corey's avatar

    I’m thankful for the Block Management program here in Montana. It’s a slightly difficult system to navigate but showing willing landowners that there are sportsmen and women who appreciate access to private land and accessing public land through private land that there are a lot of us that respect the property, follow all the rules. I always have FWP give a note to the landowner to thank them for the use of their land. If I make any harvests I’ll offer some to the owner. They usually don’t want any but sometimes they do, and are grateful. As a resident in Eastern Montana there is a lot of block management private land that can be used. The real way to effect change and get access to landlocked public land is to use the legal avenues and show landowners that access is much appreciated. Remember, if you are a guest hunter in another state, show respect for the land, landowners, local hunters and local culture. Don’t be a dick. There are A LOT of out of state hunters that come to Montana and so often are so disrespectful. I don’t care how much money you have, if you’re a guest hunter in a state, show respect to the land and people where you are.

  • Jeff's avatar

    @Corey amen!

  • Jeff's avatar

    @Gerald we can still work with landowners to gain access. It's not to late for a good conversation and a handshake.

  • Jason's avatar

    @Corey and leave access to public land to the whim of the landowner while also demonstrating they can manipulate local law enforcement to weild trespass law against people using public land? I'd much rather they see the law simply is not on their side when it comes to monopolizing our public lands.

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