Obscure Laws Governing Human Interaction with the Outdoors May 30 2017
One of the wonderfully weird things about the United States is the variety of bizarre laws that various states across the country have adopted to protect the great outdoors from the meddling of humans. While many of these laws may not be well-known--or heavily enforced--the very fact that they exist points to some unusual occurrences at some point in each state's past. So before you step outside this summer, take time to review some of the country's oddest regulations regarding human interaction with the outdoors so that you don't inadvertently break the law.
In Alaska, it is illegal to share a beer with a moose.
The exact reasons why lawmakers in the northernmost state in the nation found it necessary to legally ban residents from supplying its state mammal with beer have been lost to history. Of course, the regulation would appear to leave the door open to giving a moose a glass of wine.
Ohio bans the practice of giving alcohol to fish.
Perhaps learning from the loopholes in Alaska's law, Ohio decided to entirely ban people from providing any alcohol to the state's fish.
Seaweed harvesting is legally restricted in New Hampshire.
If you're looking to collect seaweed in New Hampshire, beware: harvesting from below the high-water mark after the sun has gone down will violate the state's regulations. Of course, this law is particularly silly given that New Hampshire has just 18 miles of ocean coastline.
Indiana prohibits the practice of catching fish using just your bare hands.
If you're planning on going fishing in Indiana, you better plan on bringing your rod and reel. Given the difficulty of catching a fish with your bare hands, this law might indicate that Indiana is the former home of some very impressive fishermen.
Hunting is legal in Vermont, but shooting birds just for amusement is against the law.
If you plan on hunting in Vermont, make sure that you mean it and stay away from the state's feathered friends. Shooting birds for "amusement" or "as a test of marksmanship" is strictly forbidden.