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    I’ve been hasled for this before by a landowner wondering how I got into the NF where I was. Showed my track on OnX and proved that I crossed perfectly on the corners. As soon as he saw that, he was just fine. But he was not happy seeing me on “his” NF

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    Guys do it with regularity in Wyoming. Might get a ticket but doubtful, even less chance of being convicted.

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    It would all depend on where they caught you when they gave you the ticket.
    If you don't care where you are, you are not lost....

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    Shouldn’t be illegal if you never step into private you don’t have permission for, not sure how any enforcement people or prosecutors go for that. Checkerboard in my mind is an unethical way to try and lockdown land you don’t own or pay taxes on.

    I thought the word was “corner hopping” was somehow illegal in WY, like there was a statute or something?

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    Nope, no statute in WY. No convictions either.

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    How do you "corner-hop" with a big bull elk dragging behind you or on your back? Also, in reference to the accuracy of modern GPS... about 15' is what my GPS shows when arriving at a marked waypoint (Garmin 450t). I'm not advocating that this should be illegal or unethical, but it's just not quite that simple. In the outback where I like to go I wouldn't see any problem, but right next to a posted and accessable road, you may be opening the door for a confrontation.

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    Interesting Read on the WYGF website....

    https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Public-Access/Access-Summary

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    Quote Originally Posted by mallardsx2 View Post
    Interesting Read on the WYGF website....

    https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Public-Access/Access-Summary
    So not a F&G violation but could be a criminal violation if you were “hunting”. Pretty ambiguous but I guess if you unload and put the rifle or bow on the pack to cross the corner you’re not “hunting”. Sounds like if you aren’t pursuing an animal on private they’d have a hard time convicting. Probably still a situation not worth messing with. Crazy.

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    Being a non-resident, I'm certainly not testing the waters..... They can easily give me the max fine because they know I'm not coming back to fight it at a later date...

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    "In 2004, the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office issued an opinion that “corner crossing” from one parcel of public land to another in order to hunt that other public parcel, depending on the factual situation involved, may not violate the game and fish trespass statute, but may be a criminal trespass violation. The factual situation would include whether the person doing the “corner crossing” was hunting or intended to hunt private land at the time the corner was crossed."

    The bolded are the key words. The burden of proof falls on your shoulders to show you didn't intend to hunt the private. I'm guessing video would show that clearly but your word against a landowner in any other instance. I haven't done it but would if the right situation dictated it.

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