And be careful with "saving" someone's pot. You take possession of it and call the owner up who's already had several pots "stolen" and they could just report you to DFW. People like that do exist. And people do use the drifting excuse to take other people's crab and steal their gear ..
Unless it's hung up in my gear I don't waste the time with drifter's. I'm on the water for a reason and pulling derelict gear isn't one of them. It's no more a hazard than the other thousand pots out there or the plethora of dead heads. And Im not about to start hooking a line to those and...
It's a big area with big country. Everything from farmland to alpine peaks. Tons of cat's and wolves. Some grizz wandering around. Deer and elk numbers are up and down. What area is the private land in. Message me if you want.
Or, don't assume what people do or don't do, and just be ok with people passing along info and venting a little on an open forum.
Hell we got 5 days of shrimping in 12 This year. With the crowds I saw I'm surprised we even got that.
Technically no but once you engage in an activity in those waters besides aimlessly wandering you have crossed the boarder. If that makes sense. Also take into consideration once you cross that magic line you are open to contact by Canadian Enforcement. And any ramifications they choose to enforce.