OK to hunt.
November 25, 2013 at 10:10am
This is the best opinion I have found so far. Extracted from AGO and other opinions.
1. The public has a right to use the water in a public waterway in Mississippi for hunting, fishing, trapping, boating, etc.
2. The public cannot trespass across private land to get to the water but once you gain legal access to the water of a public waterway, you can legally use the entire waterway. Even though twenty landowners may own land around and under a public waterway, permission from one (or via public ramp) to access the water would give you legal access to the entire waterway.
3. The public’s right to the waterway only applies to water between the natural banks. The public cannot legally step out of the boat and onto the dry bank or bed of a public waterway without landowner permission. If the water has flooded beyond the natural banks, that is not public water.
4. Members of the public can wade, tie off to a tree, drop anchor, drop decoy weights, etc., as long as they are in the water between the natural banks.