- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife will hold a public hearing about a plan to change the rules landowners must follow when posting their land against hunting, fishing or trapping.

Last summer a new law took effect that makes it possible for landowners to add the option “by permission only” when deciding who can use their land. Landowners would still have to register their decision with their towns.

Currently, landowners can erect such signs, but they cannot be enforced by game wardens.

A public hearing is set for March 19 in Montpelier.

Wildlife Director Mark Scott says that previously the only option for landowners was to keep outdoor users off their property. The new rules allow landowners to be selective about who uses their land.

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