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My inlaws are worried about a trespasser coming onto their

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my inlaws are worried about a trespasser coming onto their land and falling out of one of my tree stands I use for hunting purposes. Is this a legitimate concern or are they protected by wisconsin's recreational use statues.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 1 year ago.


I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.

Under common law rules, the only obligation a property owner owes to a trespasser is not to injure them maliciously or intentionally. They can't booby trap the tree stands so they fall on trespassers, but they're not liable if a trespasser happens to get injured. There IS an exception, though, if they have reason to believe that the tree stands are particularly attractive to children (because children aren't expected to know when they're in danger). If there are kids in the area who might try to use the tree stands, then they have an obligation to fix or make safe any condition they know is reasonably likely to cause injury. That could involve something like removing the ladder when the tree stand is not in use, or covering it so people cannot climb it.

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