New Hampshire Works on Protecting Landowner's Liability
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 Chron.com.