A federal judge ruled yesterday that four Missouri hunters did not trespass when they corner crossed and passed through the airspace above Fred Eshelman’s Elk Mountain Ranch.
Chief U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl granted the hunters’ request to dismiss most of Eshelman’s lawsuit that claimed the men trespassed and caused more than $7 million in damages. The men corner-crossed in 2020 and 2021 to hunt public land enmeshed in Eshelman’s 22,045-acre ranch.
“Today was a win for the people, both in Wyoming and across the country,” Land Tawney, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers president and CEO, said in a statement.
LINK (via Wyo File)
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I’m over here on the right side of the river. We don’t have a hog problem but if I recall, it’s illegal on all state managed land in Missouri. This is because of studies indicating hunters were actually hurting management efforts. In particular, they were setting up just outside of baited trap set by conservation, shooting their one hog, and scaring all the others off. Other states have started this as well.
I hunt to benefit conservation, as well as put wild game on the table. I was looking to get into hog hunting in Missouri a few years back, when this change was made.
To my knowledge to hunt feral hogs legally in Missouri, you need to do it on private land. You’ll have to find someone willing to let you do it, but some may choose to charge for the privilege.
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