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New Hampshire Recreational Use Statute

NEW HAMPSHIRE REVISED STATUTES ANNOTATED
TITLE XVIII: FISH AND GAME
CHAPTER 212: PROPAGATION OF FISH AND GAME
SECTION 34: LIABILITY OF LANDOWNERS (DUTY OF CARE)

§ 212:34. Duty of Care

I. An owner, lessee or occupant of premises owes no duty of care to keep such premises safe for entry or use by others for hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, water sports, winter sports or OHRVs as defined in RSA 215-A, hiking, sightseeing, or removal of fuelwood, or to give any warning of hazardous conditions, uses of, structures, or activities on such premises to persons entering for such purposes, except as provided in paragraph III hereof.

II. An owner, lessee or occupant of premises who gives permission to another to hunt, fish, trap, camp, hike, use OHRVs as defined in RSA 215-A, sightsee upon, or remove fuelwood from, such premises, or use said premises for water sports, or winter sports does not thereby:

(a) Extend any assurance that the premises are safe for such purpose, or

(b) Constitute the person to whom permission has been granted the legal status of an invitee to whom a duty of care is owed, or

© Assume responsibility for or incur liability for an injury to person or property caused by any act of such person to whom permission has been granted except as provided in paragraph III hereof.

III. This section does not limit the liability which otherwise exists:

(a) For wilful or malicious failure to guard or warn against a dangerous condition, use, structure or activity; or

(b) For injury suffered in any case where permission to hunt, fish, trap, camp, hike, use for water sports, winter sports or use of OHRVs as defined in RSA 215-A, sightsee, or remove fuelwood was granted for a consideration other than the consideration, if any, paid to said landowner by the state; or

© The injury caused by acts of persons to whom permission to hunt, fish, trap, camp, hike, use for water sports, winter sports or use of OHRVs as defined in RSA 215- A, sightsee, or remove fuelwood was granted, to third persons as to whom the person granting permission, or the owner, lessee or occupant of the premises, owed a duty to keep the premises safe or to warn of danger.

HISTORY: SOURCE. 1961, 201:1. 1969, 77:1-3. 1973, 560:4. 1977, 208:1. 1981, 146:5, VI, eff. Jan. 1, 1982; 538:7, 13, eff. June 30, 1981.


SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Text of Code also available at http://sudoc.nhsl.lib.nh.us/rsa/18/212-34.HTM on 11/13/00.