Keep an eye on the APR

Dear Editor,

The APR at the PN Ranch and their plans are a bit of a reach; here’s why: re-introducing the proposed species of animals that have a wide roaming range and tend to not stay in one place. Buffalo, for example, are a grassland animal and, given the conditions in the Missouri River country, they will seek out suitable lands to graze -- and those type of lands mostly occur on neighboring ranches outside the APR. 

As for their claim to be hunter-friendly, beware of that statement. Signs on the ranch clearly state you need to contact APR to set up a hunting time and date, which I did. Their response was, we don’t allow hunting except as noted on their website.

The website says that only bowhunters and youth can hunt, and give designated times and dates, none of which are during the general season. I personally hunt an area that takes me across the PN, and each time I do I see hunters hunting.

I called APR and they told me those people shouldn’t be hunting, and they would look into it. One such group I quizzed said their kids were allowed to hunt. Again, not according to APR were they allowed to during the general season. Another group told me they had four day permits, as well did their hunting companion, and they had the same permits last year.

Newsflash: the APR didn’t own the PN last hunting season.

The question then becomes: are individuals at APR allowing heavy donors to go hunting, or do they actually know what’s taking place on the ranch or inside their own organization? Then the question becomes why don’t they follow their own rules as noted on the signs and on the website.

If the APR wants to preserve nature, I suggest they buy a zoo. It would be cheaper in the long run and save some serious headaches for adjacent landowners at the same time. The bottom line here is, I don’t think anyone actually knows what they’re up to. Is this an indicator of what can be expected in the future from them? Is their proposal actually as they indicate, or is it a huge smokescreen for their real intent? Ergo the statement that they are hunter-friendly is, at best, a joke.

Before falling into their master plan you should give it some serious thought. Listen to the locals around the APR. They know more about what can or can’t be done in and along the Missoui River drainage country, and certainly more than APR does.

Rob Langford

Lewistown

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