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Tags: Gun Control | hunting in alaska

Hunting in Alaska: 3 Things for Landowners to Know About Hunting on Private Property

By    |   Friday, 22 May 2015 09:44 AM

Hunting in Alaska on private property is illegal without permission. Using private property without permission is considered to be trespassing. However, there are laws around this stipulation, in addition to specific regulatory measures landowners can undertake in order to keep unknown hunters off their land. The following are three important things for landowners to know about hunting in Alaska.

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1. There Have Been Attempts to Privatize Game
In late 2011, then-Wildlife Division Director of Alaska Corey Rossi posed the idea of giving special hunting rights to private landowners. Under his plan, landowners would be able to hunt big game out of season on their own property. They would also have the ability to sell these rights. The Wildlife Division director who replaced Rossi, Doug Vincent-Lang, agreed with the idea's merit. Proponents, such as many Native Corporations, of big game privatization claim that landowners can better make like easier for the game inhabiting their properties if they possess out-of-season rights, according to the Alaska Dispatch News. The proposed law hinges on an exchange. If landowners grant hunters access, improve their land for particular a species, and control predators, they would receive special hunting rights. The proposal remains in dispute, namely over its constitutionality and true beneficiaries.

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2. Landowners Should Post Signs
Signs should be written in English, and should be at least 144 square inches in size, according to FindLaw.The signs must explicitly spell out specific prohibitions. The sign must specify the landowner's name and address, and (if different) must specify the person who is legally able to grant permission for usage. These signs must be placed at every known point of access on the property, including roadways. If the property is an island, the landowner should place the signs at each of the island's cardinal landing points.

3. Trespassing Without Criminal Intent is Legal in Some Cases
If landowners make no attempt to fence their land, post signs, or verbally restrain hunters, hunters who enter the land without permission, but with no criminal intent are legally allowed to stay on the land, as explained by Signs.com.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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