November 6, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 44

A Letter To Ranchers On Hunters, Buffalo

Dear Editor:

This is an open letter to all of the ranchers and farmers that have posted their land for no hunting or trespassing in opposition to the Fish Wildlife and Parks wanting to bring Buffalo in for a game animal.

I know you have done this to prove a point, and there are hunters from outside our state and area that would like to see buffalo on your land, but in your rush to judgment you also have excluded those hunters who are your friends and also attended the stop-buffalo meetings and wrote letters to protest the buffalo. Surely you noticed that there were many at those meetings that were not landowners.

Is there a chance that now these hunter friends will have the attitude,"Let the buffalo come, for the ranchers that we are fighting for have excluded us from their lives anyway." Or will they be willing to give up their hunting to prove your point?

All ranchers have the right to do as they wish with their holdings, and they sure have the right to pick and choose who can hunt their land or not to allow hunting at all.

Failing to embrace those who are on your side could, in the long run fail to bring the desired effects.

I do hope for the sake of our entire hunting area that the buffalo don't come, but I am afraid that we are vastly outnumbered.

Howard Pippin

Saco

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