Hunting Flowing Waters

Discussion in '(MDC) All other hunting related questions......' started by Bubba Jr., Nov 8, 2010.

  1. Bubba Jr.

    Bubba Jr. New Member

    Mar 29, 2009
    Can you hunt flowing waters (streams, creeks, rivers) with out land owners' permission through private land areas?
    (Like put a canoe in at a bridge and take out at another bridge.)
    Also, if you can where does the cut off start for private land holder's property line?
  2. Maconplc

    Maconplc Active Member

    Dec 14, 2009
    Stream access is a complicated issue but the answer to your question is "it depends". You can float "navigable" (not just any old trickle of water is considered navigable) streams without landowner permission but the stream is defined by the normal high water mark. Therefore, the landowner owns the dry land along the stream (even sandbars inside the stream channel). It is illegal to take deer while they are in a stream or other body of water so you would either be trespassing or illegally taking deer if you are talking about deer hunting. If you are talking about hunting ducks, then you might be just fine. A lot of people trap, fish, and duck hunt on navigable streams and do not have to ask landowner permission. Beyond that, I doubt you can realistically hunt from the stream without trespassing or breaking game laws.