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David Sparks Ph.d Trespassing and hunters
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: May 31, 2018

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A couple of weeks ago we did a story on Idaho’s House Agricultural Affairs Committee which overwhelmingly voted to support a Trespass Bill. This issue is not limited to Idaho, it’s a national concern. The committee voted 14-1 in support of strengthening Idaho’s outdated Trespass Statutes. Farm Bureau reporter Jake Putnam had this to say.

Now from the Idaho Statesman… “Ominous words from the Idaho Attorney General’s Office on two pending pieces of legislation: “The overlap between the proposed (bills) would likely increase the risk of serious injury or death to otherwise innocent trespassers.” Both bills are attempting to update and clarify two confusing, yet critically important laws. One governs the use of deadly force in self-defense. The other governs private property rights. groups representing law enforcement, attorneys, hunters, fishermen and public access deeply opposed. Sportsmen fear it contains too many incentives for landowners to sue. This issues is a national concern and puts landowners and hunters directly in one another’s crosshairs. That said, most hunters I have ever known are very responsible and honor private property rights. ?

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