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Discussion Topic: Do Landowners Need More Liability Protection?
This issue could prove hugely important to the continued cooperation between hunters and landowners. Take a minute to read this Associated Press article and give us your reaction below:
The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau today is saying the Legislature should amend state law to give property owners more protection against being sued for hunting accidents that occur on their land.
Farmers say they're worried about the implications of a successful lawsuit against a Lehigh County orchardist for the November 2004 shooting of a pregnant woman by a man who was hunting on the farmland.
Because the victim wasn't on the farm property, a four-decade-old state law that provides legal protection for recreational use of land and waterways didn't apply.
The woman won a verdict against the farmer and hunter, and obtained a confidential financial settlement earlier this year.