New Hampshire Works on Protecting Landowner's Liability

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A recent case has created concern for landowners that allow hunters to use their land. William Jasmin was hunting on Charles Corliss' property in 2009, when he fell from a treestand and was injured. Jasmin says that Corliss gave him permission to use his land, and to shoot as many coyotes as possible while out there, and also giving him permission to use the faulty tree stand. Corliss denies all of this, saying he never gave permission to Jasmin to hunt on his property or use the tree stand. The lawsuit is still being put together and might not go to trial for another year, but there is concern that this lawsuit will push landowners into closing their lands for recreational use.

Fish and Game Commission voted to work with lawmakers to pass legislation to protect landowner's from any liability. State Rep. Gene Chandler said Friday he plans to introduce legislation but has not yet drafted a bill. Chandler, R-Bartlett, also wants lawmakers to consider adopting a Maine law where the party filing the lawsuit has to pay the other person's legal fees if he loses the case. That could cut down on frivolous lawsuits. They are hoping to get a bill going before hunting season which opens in September. From


hunter25's picture

Hopefully this law goes into

Hopefully this law goes into affect and other states follow suit as well. It's getting harder and harder to find private land to hunt on and things like this could make it nearly impossible. I have not had private land for a long time any more for a different reason but I know how valuable it can be. Plus this seems more like a case of being responsible for your own actions. If he did ask for permission and then when hunting you pretty much need to check things out yourself. Just because someone said I can use something I'm still going to make sure it's in working order.

I understand the severity of the injuries but don't see how it's the landowners fault.