I think the idea that this a "southern" vs. "northern" thing is ridiculous.
I also suspect some, if not most, of the people, posting that this is okay *are not landowners themselves*
Ask permission first. Period. What on earth could be wrong with that?
Find out what trails to avoid, or where the landowner has seeded, what livestock they do not want you to disturb, if a gate has been left open so livestock can get to water or if you should close every gate you find.
I wouldn't deny permission to anyone who asked politely first without very good cause. And I wouldn't grant permission to anyone I caught on my land without asking first ever again.
Last edited by maura; 03-31-2012 at 04:46 PM.