By Robert Lucke
Rancher-hunter relationships are strengthened and improved by some ranch rules developed and published by the Montana Stockgrowers Association and available at the Havre office of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Some of you are old friends; others are friends in the making. Either way, we ask that you treat our ranch with the same respect you would your own property. Our family lives and works here year-round. Our work and your hunting opportunity can be put in jeopardy in one careless moment by an unclosed gate, buy fire or by the introduction of noxious weeds.
In the case of leased land (state or federal), we are also bound by contract. We are often responsible for keeping land weed-free, safe from fire and in good condition. In a way, that makes us responsible for crowd control, and that is a nearly impossible task unless we are aware of who is using the land, when, how and for what purpose. If at times we seem overly protective, its because we do not take our pledge lightly.
As landowners and leaseholders we help sustain much of the big game in Montana. We understand the need to harvest these animals, and we appreciate your assistance in doing so. With your help, we can prove that landowners and sportsmen can work together to achieve common goals.
1. Vehicles allowed on the land with permission only (ATVs included) and only where designated.
2. Leave gates the way you found them. Close those found closed; leave those found open.
3. Do not shoot where livestock are present.
4. Do not use open fires.
5. Do not smoke outside your vehicle. Discard all ash, matches and cigarette/cigar butts safely in your vehicle.
6. Litter: Please pack it out.
7. Do not drive anywhere roads included if ground is muddy. Doing so will tear up the soil.
8. Cooperate with all ranch staff.
Turn in poachers or anyone violating hunting, fishing, or trespassing laws. 1-800-TIP-MONT.