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    Road ditches in a county form belong to tax payers, not land owners. Some township roads are about the same. Some township roads the land owner pays tax on the right of way and all you have is an easement. But state and county property belongs to all of us. No one owns USA air space. People have been walking roadsides for millions of years it seems. There will always be a few greedy few who believe they own more than they do, or who hate other hunters any where near their town. Legal access is important to maintain, and fight for. If you loose access, you will also loose many navigable water access for duck hunting, fishing etc. People who own tracts of land have a say sure, some pay taxes, some don't. Anyone who pays taxes is entitled to an opinion, and right to use of public owned lands. I grew up in Sth MN. Road ditches are a well known practice. In many miles of area that's all ya had to hunt besides some RR tracks LOL. Still is. Harms nothing. I did a ton when I was younger. Up here where I live I did not for many years. But I did a couple walks this year alone. I tell ya what, it was nice as I am getting older. But I also will always choose a spot wisely. Legal, and way away from anyone. Houses, livestock etc. Common sense goes a long way in avoiding conflict, weather your in the right or wrong. SD the only reason I would waste money down there is for that ability. Been there once in my life. We harvested half our birds walking miles of remote ditches. Not one complaint, not a single person hassled us. I look at the surroundings. If I see posted area, all dolled up for wildlife, or pay to play places etc. I don't bother. You know your headed for conflict. If you just pick remote spots with dirt fields and some cover in the ditch. Your not going to be bothered, or bother anyone else. And there is plenty of miles like that. If you want conflict, go to the guys honey hole he works hard on, surround it and bang away LOL. But don't be surprised when someone takes offence to it. As said, common sense avoids 99.9999999% of issues. As I age, and hunt my last years. Some more road ditches will be in my future. I can guarantee that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FCSpringer View Post
    Road ditches in a county form belong to tax payers, not land owners. Some township roads are about the same. Some township roads the land owner pays tax on the right of way and all you have is an easement. But state and county property belongs to all of us. No one owns USA air space. People have been walking roadsides for millions of years it seems. There will always be a few greedy few who believe they own more than they do, or who hate other hunters any where near their town. Legal access is important to maintain, and fight for. If you loose access, you will also loose many navigable water access for duck hunting, fishing etc. People who own tracts of land have a say sure, some pay taxes, some don't. Anyone who pays taxes is entitled to an opinion, and right to use of public owned lands. I grew up in Sth MN. Road ditches are a well known practice. In many miles of area that's all ya had to hunt besides some RR tracks LOL. Still is. Harms nothing. I did a ton when I was younger. Up here where I live I did not for many years. But I did a couple walks this year alone. I tell ya what, it was nice as I am getting older. But I also will always choose a spot wisely. Legal, and way away from anyone. Houses, livestock etc. Common sense goes a long way in avoiding conflict, weather your in the right or wrong. SD the only reason I would waste money down there is for that ability. Been there once in my life. We harvested half our birds walking miles of remote ditches. Not one complaint, not a single person hassled us. I look at the surroundings. If I see posted area, all dolled up for wildlife, or pay to play places etc. I don't bother. You know your headed for conflict. If you just pick remote spots with dirt fields and some cover in the ditch. Your not going to be bothered, or bother anyone else. And there is plenty of miles like that. If you want conflict, go to the guys honey hole he works hard on, surround it and bang away LOL. But don't be surprised when someone takes offence to it. As said, common sense avoids 99.9999999% of issues. As I age, and hunt my last years. Some more road ditches will be in my future. I can guarantee that.
    I've done some Dutch hunting in montana, and it's been good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FCSpringer View Post
    Road ditches in a county form belong to tax payers, not land owners. Some township roads are about the same. Some township roads the land owner pays tax on the right of way and all you have is an easement. But state and county property belongs to all of us. No one owns USA air space. People have been walking roadsides for millions of years it seems. There will always be a few greedy few who believe they own more than they do, or who hate other hunters any where near their town. Legal access is important to maintain, and fight for. If you loose access, you will also loose many navigable water access for duck hunting, fishing etc. People who own tracts of land have a say sure, some pay taxes, some don't. Anyone who pays taxes is entitled to an opinion, and right to use of public owned lands. I grew up in Sth MN. Road ditches are a well known practice. In many miles of area that's all ya had to hunt besides some RR tracks LOL. Still is. Harms nothing. I did a ton when I was younger. Up here where I live I did not for many years. But I did a couple walks this year alone. I tell ya what, it was nice as I am getting older. But I also will always choose a spot wisely. Legal, and way away from anyone. Houses, livestock etc. Common sense goes a long way in avoiding conflict, weather your in the right or wrong. SD the only reason I would waste money down there is for that ability. Been there once in my life. We harvested half our birds walking miles of remote ditches. Not one complaint, not a single person hassled us. I look at the surroundings. If I see posted area, all dolled up for wildlife, or pay to play places etc. I don't bother. You know your headed for conflict. If you just pick remote spots with dirt fields and some cover in the ditch. Your not going to be bothered, or bother anyone else. And there is plenty of miles like that. If you want conflict, go to the guys honey hole he works hard on, surround it and bang away LOL. But don't be surprised when someone takes offence to it. As said, common sense avoids 99.9999999% of issues. As I age, and hunt my last years. Some more road ditches will be in my future. I can guarantee that.
    I agree.I try to get way out in the boonies!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goosemaster View Post
    In montana, you can hunt the railroad right of way.
    not true........i used to work for a major rail company that passes through Montana......if you trespass you will be prosecuted.

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    local economies as well as game and fish will lose money if ditch hunting is stopped. my group spends upwards of 3,000$ every year.

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    FC - varies by state. In North Dakota road hunting is illegal on most roads when the land next to the ditch is posted because in ND the landowner owns the land to the center of the road, section trail or section line. Thus you cannot hunt unimproved section lines either. NDG&F is very clear in documenting this - so the ticket will stick.

    Exception is typically State and Federal highways (not the Interstates though) ... are owned out past the road to the ditch-field line. So you can hunt ND state highways, but then again - much more traffic and they are typically mowed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FCSpringer View Post
    If I see posted area, all dolled up for wildlife, or pay to play places etc. I don't bother. You know your headed for conflict. If you just pick remote spots with dirt fields and some cover in the ditch. Your not going to be bothered, or bother anyone else. And there is plenty of miles like that. If you want conflict, go to the guys honey hole he works hard on, surround it and bang away LOL. But don't be surprised when someone takes offence to it. As said, common sense avoids 99.9999999% of issues.

    True enough. I believe some of the pay-to-play areas that release a ton of roosters have hired hands circling the property to discourage (if not harass) road hunters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter94 View Post
    not true........i used to work for a major rail company that passes through Montana......if you trespass you will be prosecuted.
    Is that a federal thing? Or is it state by state.
    Some people talk about it, some people live it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PheasantWhisperer View Post
    Is that a federal thing? Or is it state by state.

    I know you can’t in Iowa.

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    Railroad right of ways and access to them would depend on if the railroad owns the land or has an easement, i would imagine most rails are owned by the company and the land would be in private ownership.
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