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I'v been thinking this for a couple of years now. I have lake that I like to hunt, now some parts of the lake are better spots than others. There are no housing developments on this lake what so ever. No houses within 3 miles of the lake. Now most of the land around the lake is posted. Now just because the land is posted, does the owner realy own the shore on the lake? Is the shore line on the lake huntable by other people leagaley? If I were to access a point on that lake and walk the shore line until i got to the posted property, would i be legaly able to hunt it with out braking the rules of posted property. Because my belief is that no person own's the water on a lake, nor the shore line. There are over 15 different farmers who share there fields that touch this lake. So in reality do thay co own the lake? Or does the Government of North Dakota own the lake and shore line, and in return it is legal to hunt the shore line even though the land behind it is posted?

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I don't know with 100% certainty if this is true but from what I've heard is that yes the farmer owns the land adjacent to the water. You can hunt the water next to posted land as long as you are in a boat that is not touching any part of the land.
 

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I believe every state is different on this topic so its going to be best to get it right from the conservation officer that works your area. In Michigan the water is public so if you are in the water you are fine, whether it be 2 inches deep or 20 feet deep but as soon you as you are on dry land you are on the land owners property. Wisconsin gives people up to the high water mark, so where ever the water level got to that spring that is how much room you have to play with, you have from the water's edge to the high water mark. Call the CO and they should be able to give you the correct answer right away.
 

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In South Dakota you can hunt meandering (sp?) waters as long as your feet are wet. As soon as you step foot on dry land or even lay your gun on the shore you are trespassing. I think calling the CO in the area that the lake is in would be your best bet to find out what is legal and what is not.
 
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