I have 15 acres of oak/hickory forest but so far I haven't harvested any live trees, just stuff that has fallen or died. I see a lot of talk of "scrounging" on here and I wonder if there are informal rules (or even formal laws) for scrounging firewood? The reason I'm asking is because I see down wood all around me especially after last year's ice storms. One of my colleagues at work lost all his maple trees and had someone cut them up so he could get around his property. He said I could have it all but told me to "hurry before someone else gets 'em". He didn't give anyone else permission but the wood was gone before I could pick up a cord. It was taken right off his property, probably 4 cords, without his permission. I asked about it and he just shrugged his shoulders and said "that's how people do it around here." Is this true? Is anything on the ground fair game? Shouldn't I ask the landowner? Any scrounging advice for a wood-burner going into his third winter is appreciated.