PROPERTYRATIONE SOLI

property ratione soli (ray-shee-oh-nee soh-lI). The common-law right to take wild animals found on one’s own land. Cf. PROPERTY RATIONE PRIVILEGII.

“The exclusive common law right of a landowner to take game on his land, known as property ratione soli … has been recognized throughout the history of common law, with one exception: Following the Norman Conquest the King contended that he was lord paramount of the field, possessed of the right to the universal soil and of the exclusive right to take the game, but the irate landowners, vehemently objecting, quickly and decisively recaptured their rights and re-established the common law.” Alford v. Finch, 155 So. 2d 790, 792 (Fla. 1963).