I know there are a lot of river hunters on here, and many of you are decoy hunters. I read a rule on Ohio's website that confused me. It basically says you can't anchor without written permission from the land owner. I know Kentucky recognizes a public right of use for what they call "temporary anchorage", which I think applies to boats, decoys, trot lines, etc. What has me all confused is why you can anchor to pleasure boat or to fish, but you can't if you're hunting?! It reads as if even a long line of decoys is illegal without landowner permission for the land under your floating decoys.
Has anyone had an Ohio DNR officer check your permission slip while hunting?
From the DNR website:
Hunting From Boats on Rivers
Written permission of the landowner is required by persons hunting from boats on rivers and streams when the boat is anchored, tied to the shore, or tied to any structure in the river. It is unlawful to place decoys in the river or to go ashore to retrieve game without the written permission of the landowner. The only exception to this law is when the river or stream passes through public property where hunting is allowed.