Four Missouri hunters were declared “not guilty” by a Wyoming court in a “corner crossing’ case that garnered national attention.
Corner crossing involves moving from one parcel of public land to another with adjacent corners, when the other two corners are made up of private property. According to Wyofile, “The hunters’ attorneys said Carbon County Prosecutor Ashley Mayfield Davis never produced evidence the four had touched the private land of Fred Eshelman’s Elk Mountain Ranch.”
The prosecutions argument hinged on the fact that private land ownership extends to any airspace above property. Ms. Davis told the jury in her closing arguments, “The law is you own the airspace. Land ownership is not just the dirt, it’s the airspace above.”
Eventually, the jury sided with the defense, but the story is not over just yet. A civil suit still hangs in the balance, with Iron Bar Holdings (the holders of Elk Mountain Ranch) arguing that the men committed a civil trespass, and seeking damage reparations.
For more in-depth reporting on the case, check out the story on wyofile.com.
A humble homesteader based in an undisclosed location, Lars Drecker splits his time between tending his little slice of self-sustaining heaven, and bothering his neighbors to do his work for him. This is mainly the fault of a debilitating predilection for fishing, hunting, camping and all other things outdoors. When not engaged in any of the above activities, you can normally find him broken down on the side of the road, in some piece of junk he just “fixed-up.”