The Legal Posting of Private Property
This case should be interesting to watch. A hunter shoots uphill at at deer, missing the deer and hitting a woman in the head. I would expect the subsequent suit from woman against hunter based on negligence — you just don’t shoot uphill, with no backstop.
But, can a landowner who allows a hunter to hunt on his land be held liable? This jury said “Yes.”
Turning to [the landowner], [the woman’s epert] said that he should have set rules and regulations for hunting on his land. “Not only were there no restrictions, there seemed to be a deliberate lack of concern for public safety.”
Wait a second. I thought there were rules and regulations. Most of us call it the Game Code. Now every landowner who allows hunting on his property must also develop their own set of safety rules.
An appeal is pending.
I am shocked that the trial judge (obviously very liberal) would allow the property owner to remain in this case. I would like to know how he charged the jury on that point. How was Haas negligent? If this stands, when the word gets out, farmlands will be flooded with “No Trespassing” signs. I would anticipate the PGC will enter the appeal phase as a friend of the court, and argue for dismissal.
I was told on Oct. 27, 2007 by a fish commision officer that I would be cited and fined if I did not
remove the posted and no tresspassing signs I had posted on my property. he told me I did not
have the right to post my property and I would be arrested for interferring with lawful fishing.
Is this legal?