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Shooting Area

Postby iFAIL » Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:19 am

So I found a spot that looks really good for ducks ang geese. The only thing that's bothering me is if i can hunt on it. It looks swallow and yet no house or livestock within 500 feet. Do most of you guys just say screw it and hunt or do you guys call the DNR station and make sure it's huntable?
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Re: Shooting Area

Postby goldfish » Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:04 am

I'd check first. No sense in pissin people off if you are wrong. If it is private, then go and find the owner and you might have your own hole.

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Re: Shooting Area

Postby Ducks22 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:28 am

What about it makes you think that you can't? If you can get on it legally, hunt it. There is a list of Public waters on the DNR website, and if it is a navigable and touches the right-a-way. Its all yours. You would be surprised how many people get pissed call the sheriff and there isn't a thing they can do about it. MN laws are quite lenient when it comes to water hunting and once you know the ins and outs of it there are a lot more options that come into play.
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Re: Shooting Area

Postby doubletheshovel » Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:26 pm

The 500 foot roll only applies to private property you can hunt closer to a home on public land than 500 feet check the regs. Like ducks says if you can get to it legally you are good.
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Re: Shooting Area

Postby StuStiltman » Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:04 pm

Last year a co told me the 500 foot law doesn't apply if your on water, legally you could hunt in the bullrush 20 yards from a home on a lake, I'm not sure if that applies to your situation.
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Re: Shooting Area

Postby RedneckDuckCommander » Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:02 am

if the water is a right of way irregardless of who owns the soil on the bottom of the lake you can hunt it. been told that by a CO.
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Re: Shooting Area

Postby goldfish » Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:32 am

However I believe anything touching the bottom is on their property, including decoy anchors

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Re: Shooting Area

Postby RedneckDuckCommander » Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:37 pm

that is where you would be wrong. as long as you are in there water everything is kosher. if you were standing in just mud or on the reeds as some people do then you would not be kosher.

[quote"goldfish"]However I believe anything touching the bottom is on their property, including decoy anchor
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Re: Shooting Area

Postby tornadochaser » Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:34 am

Straight from the DNR website:
"A person who has legally gained access to a water body may use it's entire surface for recreation such as boating, swimming, or fishing, and any "incidental use" of the bed or bottom, such as anchoring a boat or decoys, wading to fish or swim, and poling a boat, is allowed."


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Re: Shooting Area

Postby beretta24 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:50 pm

tornadochaser wrote:Straight from the DNR website:
"A person who has legally gained access to a water body may use it's entire surface for recreation such as boating, swimming, or fishing, and any "incidental use" of the bed or bottom, such as anchoring a boat or decoys, wading to fish or swim, and poling a boat, is allowed."


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Re: Shooting Area

Postby goldfish » Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:31 pm

This is very good news...

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Re: Shooting Area

Postby chasing the GREEN » Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:45 am

very helpful info, ill have to find that spot on the web site and book mark it just in case someone wants to make a big deal about it. have had a good hunt ruined by someone claiming we were on "his island" we were not on an island just a shallow area. it might have been an island at one point but there was a good 3-4 ft of water where we were
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Re: Shooting Area

Postby tornadochaser » Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:24 pm

It's not the best way to make land owner relations that's for sure.

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Re: Shooting Area

Postby goldfish » Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:23 am

That's true, but it's good to know you are in the right. Can you link where you found that?

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Re: Shooting Area

Postby tornadochaser » Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:20 pm

Go to the dnr website and type in "water law basics" in the search bar.

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Re: Shooting Area

Postby goldfish » Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:06 pm

Found it. Saved it. Thanks.

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Re: Shooting Area

Postby jpdrake » Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:16 pm

Yeah great info! This can really be a big deal because people feel like they can own the lake. I agree with goldfish that it is nice to know when you're in the right even when you are trying to establish and build landowner relationships. This happens all the time with bow hunting deer on public land.


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