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Wyoming Corner Crossing case moves to civil court backed by a heavy hitter

The battle of corner crossing rights hits the courts
While the courts decide the future rights of both hunters and landowners, a heavy hitter just joined the fray. The Wyoming-centered, corner crossing legal...
Published: May. 22, 2022 at 9:47 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - While the courts decide the future rights of both hunters and landowners, a heavy hitter just joined the fray.

The Wyoming-centered, corner crossing legal battle made national news when 4 Missouri hunters won their case against criminal trespassing charges.

The case proceeds to the civil court, as they continue to be backed by a major pro-hunting organization.

Corner Crossing has been an ongoing issue that has affected hunters, outdoors people, and private landowners for years.

In 2004 the Wyoming Attorney General offered an opinion on the subject, but no legislation or codifying entryway specifications were made.

Outdoors tourism is a major industry in Wyoming, but experts say this case’s implications and outcomes could significantly affect this industry nationwide.

”I think it resonates with people because you know access is the number one reason why people either give up hunting or are hunting less. It is because they feel like they don’t have enough access out there. This issue falls squarely within our mission,” said Land Tawney, President and CEO of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.

The Backcountry Hunters and Anglers will continue to financially support the next phase of the corner crossing legal battle.

The Go-Fund-Me page that raised over $70,000 for the Missouri hunters’ legal defense will continue to fund their civil defense.

“Again, this is making sure that the public has the right to access their own land. In no way we are trying to infringe on any private property rights,” said Tawney.

There will be a Judiciary Committee Interim meeting on Monday, May 23rd to 24th in Lander to discuss Wyoming’s Trespass Laws.

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