Rural property issue is about respect
I read with interest Doug Cuthand’s wandering comments about Saskatchewan’s new trespass laws.Why must every issue be cast as racial, “us against them.” Or is it “them against us”?Rural landowners must be the only property owners in Saskatchewan who need to post their land to prevent unwanted trespass. Posting land is expensive and time consuming. Farms, depending on size, need to post signs on 35 to 200 miles, as most of the land is in small parcels.I do not post my land with No Hunting signs, and will likely give you permission to hunt, but I want to know who you are. I have had, like most farmers, some bad experiences with hunters.I had a hunter shoot an elk in a canola field that was neither swathed nor harvested, and then lie to me that he had shot the animal and it had run into the field to die.I have had a hunter park his truck and trailer in a field of peas that was not yet harvested. Another one, who I assume was night hunting, drove circles over a swathed field. I have had deep ruts left in a wet summer fallow field, as well as unfilled pits left over from hunting geese.I am a strong supporter of the Trans-canadian Snowmobile Trail which runs across my home quarter, with no problems. However, I have seen other examples of total disregard for private property, such as driving over evergreen shrubs in a manicured rural garden, driving down a row of small spruce intended for a windbreak that were sticking a few inches above the snow, or driving over a pile of grain temporarily stored on the ground due to lack of storage space.So you see, Mr. Cuthand, this is not a racial issue but a common decency and mutual respect issue. I will not come into your house or on to your property without identifying myself. I will not hunt on your property without your permission. I would ask that you would give me and my property the same respect. R.L. (Bob) Gilmour, Carrot River
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