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Why is it prohibited to sleep in a tent?

The tent just makes your intent obvious: You planned to sleep there from the beginning. And this is what the authorities want to prevent: Camping in the wild. On the other hand many legislations allow ...
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Are wheelchairs allowed in US Wilderness Areas?

According to Section 508 (c) of the American with Disabilities Act, Title V, (1) In general. - Congress reaffirms that nothing in the Wilderness Act [16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.] is to be construed as ...
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In the US is it legal to travel on any river/creek my canoe will navigate?

All waters no, some places like National Parks require permits, see Dinosaur Monument and Canyonlands. It also differs state by state, in some states the water belongs to the public but not the stream ...
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What is the responsible way to sell a firearm?

One possible solution, if you find a buyer that is willing to wait for it, i have heard of people taking a copy of the buyer's drivers license to the police station and asking them to run it to check ...
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Why is it prohibited to sleep in a tent?

It's not really about the tent, it is about planned "bivouacs" (that means you plan to sleep outdoors) and emergency bivouacs where the latter of course aren't forbidden. That means if you carry a ...
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What are the consequences of — illegally — using a 446 MHz PMR in the North American wilderness?

In both the U.S. and Canada, amateur radio operators serve an important role in providing emergency radio communications during war, disaster, terrorist attack, or whatever other emergency. So amateur ...
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In the US is it legal to travel on any river/creek my canoe will navigate?

Don't violate Zebra Mussel restrictions!!! There are lots of lakes in Minnesota, and many of them are connected by streams. Its is great to paddle between them in a canoe, you can go tens of miles ...
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Why is it prohibited to sleep in a tent?

In Central Europe there is a much higher population density as e.g. in many parts of the USA, Canada or Scandinavia. There is almost no valley without a village. So private property is rather rare ...
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How long does it take for trash to become a historical artifact (in the United States)?

After 50 years, trash becomes protected as a historical artifact. It turns out that while you are not allowed to leave cans behind, you are also not allowed to "clean up" historic cans as they are an ...
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Legal situation for camping in the German Elbsandsteingebirge

Yes, there are special places where you are allowed to sleep outside if you are climbing there. And by "outside" I mean without a tent, because these locations are (more or less) ...
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What is the responsible way to sell a firearm?

There are three ways that I am aware of, as a private seller to sell your guns to someone else correctly. Keep in mind that correctly is very jurisdiction-driven, and in some ways dependent on opinion....
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Which wildlife is it legal to hunt in the UK?

From gov.uk you can hunt the following legally: Birds You don’t need a licence to hunt: game birds, eg pheasants and grouse quarry birds and certain wild birds, eg moorhens and woodcock certain ...
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In the US is it legal to travel on any river/creek my canoe will navigate?

No. Water use, like everything else in the US, is a patchwork of Federal, State, and Local regulations plus quasi-legal muscle. Multiple overlapping laws and agencies can apply at each level. Here's ...
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Legal permits required for trekking in Canada

National parks tend to be absolutely open to anyone, their goal being to allow public enjoyment without compromising the area for future generations. From the park's own website: A permit is not ...
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Legality of "semi-permanent" wooden structures in state and national forests in the US

Since you don't know if this area is national or state & you didn't say which state, I will answer for national forest land. The National Forest's 14 day law (no more than 14days in one spot/must ...
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Am I allowed to sleep in the wild in the Austrian Alps?

tl;dr What you describe is absolutely allowed (using a bivouac to spend one night). If you set up a small camp (described as a "planned bivouac" further in this text), you shouldn't be in a ...
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Why is it prohibited to sleep in a tent?

Population density Germany: 228 pop/km2; US: 33. Much of the land is simply privately owned. Most surface area (public or private) is used one way or another (residential, forestry, agriculture): ...
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What is the responsible way to sell a firearm?

I live in a state that doesn't have universal background checks, unfortunately. Universal background checks are simply an elimination of private sale, so the lack of such a policy simply means you ...
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Am I liable for damage or injuries caused by my dog?

You have absolute responsibility for your dog, what it does is always your fault in the eyes of the law. If your dog kills an animal, you are also responsible for reporting it to the department that ...
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Legal liabilities of non-profit guiding in adventure sports

There is a big difference between a 'non-profit' organisation and just doing something on a casual basis without asking for payment. Obviously if you are advertising your services in any way then ...
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What are the laws for backcountry ("dispersed") camping in the US?

Throughout the entire US the law boils down to this: Whether government or citizen owned, you cannot travel on land without the landowners permission. Doing can result in charges from criminal ...
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How do you safely and legally dispose of old, damaged/unsafe camp stove gas canisters that are still full?

You are correct that using or any attempt to empty damaged or rusty containers has a significant potential for personal injury or death. This is the US redneck answer, it may not be appropriate in ...
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What are lawful wilderness activities in Canada?

In Ontario, the relevant terminology is "Crown Land". This is land that is not owned by any private entity, and is essentially free for use, however there are some rules. Most of the province is ...
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What does the status "W: Available at the Facility" mean regarding trail permits?

In areas with quotas on permits, often only a certain percentage of permits can be reserved. The remainder are available on a first-come first-serve basis at the ranger station. For Mt Whitney, ...
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Legal situation for camping in the German Elbsandsteingebirge

According to German law, bivouacking (defined as sleeping outside for one night without a tent) is generally allowed in Germany, but only outside from nature protection areas. Camping is generally ...
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Legal situation for roving in Sweden

Hunting with bow is not allowed in Sweden, but a bow does not require a license, and the Swedish law for the nature ("allemandsretten") is very liberal, so I guess it is ok shoot at targets, when not ...
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