Q: I have been hunting a friend’s property for years with his permission. This year, someone trespassed on his property with an ATV and damaged his trails. He ended up posting his property with No Trespassing signs and No Hunting signs. He has told me that I can still hunt on his property, but can l legally even though he has his property posted?
Can he hunt on his own property?
– John Harty, Bracebridge
Express permission needed
A: The prohibitions on trespassing and engaging in a prohibited activity on a property apply to a person who is acting without the express permission of the occupier of the property. If a property is posted as No Trespassing, then you cannot enter the property unless you have the express permission of the occupier.
Similarly, if a property is posted as No Hunting, then you cannot hunt on the property without the express permission of the occupier. So, if the friend has posted his property as No Hunting and No Trespassing, you may still enter the property and hunt there if you have his permission.
–David Critchlow (Provincial Enforcement Specialist, MNRF)
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Originally published in the August 2017 issue of Ontario OUT of DOORS magazine. Ask a CO is also a regular feature in the print edition.