Hunting seasonal river islands?

Discussion in '(MDC)Deer Hunting Regulations' started by uncive, Nov 22, 2017.

  1. uncive

    uncive New Member

    Aug 23, 2015
    I have a question about a specific scenario.

    If you have permission to hunt a private property that has waterfront on a navigable riverway (Say the meramec or the gasconade), and there is a sizeable island in the middle of the navigable riverway (not privately owned and sometimes under high water). Can you shoot from your property to a deer standing on the island? Can you go out and hunt on the island?

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  2. Maconplc

    Maconplc Active Member

    Dec 14, 2009
    First, there is a good chance that island is privately owned. Generally, even though the waterway is navigable and open to boating, etc., a landowner owns to the middle of the stream if the stream is the property line.

    The regulation states that "Deer may not be taken while they are in a stream or other body of water. . .". Hunting from an island is perfectly legal as long as the deer are not standing in water. There would be nothing wrong with shooting across the stream either. That would be no different than a landowner owning both sides of a stream and hunting from one side and shooting a deer on the other side.

    The question that could get you is "who owns the island?"