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Lawyers for Brokaw say hunting on adjacent land is unsafe
Casper Star Tribune ^ | 31 October, 2004 | AP

Posted on 10/31/2004 5:42:22 AM PST by brityank

News: AP Realtime | Wyoming | National

Lawyers for Brokaw say hunting on adjacent land is unsafe


AP Slugline: w9427_BC_WY__Brokaw_Outfitter_1

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LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) - Lawyers for ''NBC Nightly News'' anchorman Tom Brokaw want a judge to require the Montana Board of Outfitters to review a decision that allows a Wyoming outfitter to guide big-game hunting trips on land next to Brokaw's Montana ranch.

''The complaint we have is safety, plain and simple,'' Clifford Edwards, a Billings attorney representing Brokaw, told District Judge Nels Swandal at a hearing Friday. ''Tom and (wife) Meredith are not anti-hunting - they are concerned for their safety.''

On Sept. 1, the Board of Outfitters granted Wyoming outfitter David Nelson's request to take up to 10 hunters onto more than 2,500 acres of private land bordering the Brokaws' West Boulder Ranch during archery season, court records said.

West Boulder Ranch caretakers Karen and Doug Campbell testified Friday that increased hunting would put them, the Brokaws and their guests in harm's way.

''I'm terrified someone will get shot,'' Karen Campbell said, adding she was ''not so sure'' outfitters knew their clients' hunting skills well enough to ensure the Brokaws' safety.

''We are not anti-hunting. We have no objection to our neighbors hunting on that property as they have in the past and I'm sure will again in the future,'' Brokaw told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his office in New York.

''And we have no objection to bow and arrow hunting,'' Brokaw said. ''Our concern has always been about an out-of-state outfitter bringing strangers onto property with which they are not familiar that is very close to our home and buildings and the use of high-powered rifles.''

Edwards said Campbell's feelings were supported by a case heard in Justice Court earlier Friday, in which a man was cited for accidentally shooting his hunting guide with a .300 caliber Magnum rifle.

Edwards said the Brokaws' land, southeast of Livingston, encompasses ''a 340-degree circle'' around some of the land on which Nelson wishes to hunt.

Edwards subsequently told The AP that Brokaw's concerns don't extend to other lands owned by a neighbor and adjacent to U.S. Forest Service property.

He said the state hunting permits are not exclusive to archery hunting, but also allow rifle hunting in areas that present a ''horribly hazardous situation for the Brokaws, permanent employees, livestock, all of this.''

An injunction against Nelson, issued last week, prevents guided hunts on the neighboring property until the review of the Board of Outfitter's decision is complete.

Wayne Johnston of Helena, executive officer for the state Board of Outfitters, told The AP the Brokaws allow bird hunting on their property with shotguns.

''The Brokaws are trying to tell their neighbors who they can and cannot allow on their property and for what reasons,'' Johnston said. ''It seems like an infringement on their neighbors' property rights.''

AP-WS-10-29-04 2206EDT

Copyright © 2004 by the Casper Star-Tribune published by Lee Publications, Inc., a subsidiary of Lee Enterprises, Incorporated



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Montana; US: Wyoming
KEYWORDS: banglist; environment; hunting; landuse; montana; presstitutes; propertyrights
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To: Squantos

Lockjaw's cheese has slid off his cracker. I've got a neighbor who makes these same foolish assertions. He claims my archery practice MIGHT kill him or his children if my arrow misses my target, goes through tthe plywood backstop, then through 2 wooden fences. Thank god for blunts, they put these people in their rightful place.


41 posted on 10/31/2004 9:25:26 AM PST by spectr17 (Veni, Vedi, Velcro. I came, I saw, I stuck around)
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To: spectr17

Yeah my whiny neighbors cryin forced me to get a can for my MAC-10......:o)

I understand what yer going thru. I actually use a golf bag to transport my rifles to and from the range as nosy old ladies around my abode will call you and tell ya that "leaves" are falling off my tree onto their yard etc etc.

I love the fall....


42 posted on 10/31/2004 9:36:08 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: brityank
the Brokaws' land, southeast of Livingston, encompasses ''a 340-degree circle'' around some of the land on which Nelson wishes to hunt.

Sounds like the Brokaws are maneuvering to buy the land their property encircles. First, deny the other owner the right to use his land profitably, then make an offer?

43 posted on 10/31/2004 11:26:00 AM PST by WaterDragon
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To: brityank

Naturally he decides to visit his ranch during hunting season just to complain via lawyer about the neighbors

Brokaw you are an a hole...stay in NY City in your condo or parkside villa flat or in one of your other houses until hunting season is over...

On the other hand...who knows...maybe it would be good for all of America if you did stay in Montana during high powered rifle season..

imo


44 posted on 10/31/2004 11:27:44 AM PST by joesnuffy (America needs a 'Big Dog' on her porch not a easily frightened, whining, French,"Surrender Poodle"..)
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To: brityank
Do you suppose that if agenda driven news anchors reported the news evenhandedly that they would be less worried about their safety when they went out west? Should New Yorkers by trying to change Montana? Should Tom just stay in New York where he feels safe among his peer group?

I live not very far from there and I am tired of liberals moving in and changing the political landscape. I live in Jackson Hole and I have started calling it Berkley of the Rockies in my local newspaper articles and letters to the editor. What used to be billed as the "Best of the Old West" is no more. If I was Tom or Ted I'd be worried about arrows also!

Citizens For A Freer America
&
The Upper Valley Free Press

Daryl L. Hunter - Editor

45 posted on 10/31/2004 11:39:37 AM PST by Daryl L.Hunter (The Eco-tally-ban must be stopped)
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To: brityank; abbi_normal_2; Ace2U; adam_az; Alamo-Girl; Alas; alfons; alphadog; amom; AndreaZingg; ...
Another elitist cockroach willing to use his rights to usurp others.

Sheesh! This guy is unreal!

Rights, farms, environment ping.
Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from this list.
I don't get offended if you want to be removed.

46 posted on 10/31/2004 2:04:30 PM PST by farmfriend ( In Essentials, Unity...In Non-Essentials, Liberty...In All Things, Charity.)
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To: bayourod

ROFL!!!


47 posted on 10/31/2004 2:09:33 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: brityank

Oh, the woes of the rich. You get 2,500 acres and then you still have neighbors. Is there no justice? Oh, the trials of Job all over again...... Poor Tom, he already is having to work harder at his research since Karl Rove won't check his homework for him anymore.


48 posted on 10/31/2004 2:11:39 PM PST by cookcounty (-Will John Kerry seek a 4th Purple Heart for fingers burnt in the Battle of Al-Qa Qaa?)
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To: ridesthemiles
Oh yea, one of those 340-degree circles that they are teaching the kids about in the new math.

Got the kids need help....we are turning into a mathematically illiterate country....

49 posted on 10/31/2004 2:12:25 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: farmfriend

Unreal is right!

Thanks for the ping.....


50 posted on 10/31/2004 2:12:59 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: farmfriend

BTTT!!!!!!!


51 posted on 10/31/2004 2:45:25 PM PST by E.G.C.
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To: brityank

If they are worried about their safety, they should stay away from the property line ;)


52 posted on 10/31/2004 2:46:29 PM PST by Libertina (Please Lord, grant America a leader who loves you.)
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To: brityank
''Tom and (wife) Meredith are not anti-hunting - they are concerned for their safety.''

liberals always seem to be concerned with their own safety. the kennedies are an example. that is why they live in a compound.

53 posted on 10/31/2004 2:49:19 PM PST by mlocher (america is a sovereign state)
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To: brityank

Brokejaw is not anti hunting. He is concerned for his safety. Yeah sure.....He cannot regulate what other private property owners do with their property. If the owner allows hunting on the land then Brokejaw maybe needs to sell and move to a more friendly anti firearm anti hunting place like CAlifornia?

We hunt on 280 acres bordering other property on all 4 sides of course and have no problem with neighbors. In fact, there are always several hunting partys on ajacent land. As a responsible hunter, knowing the approximate location of other hunters and proximity to homes and livestock is always a #1 priority. A party of 4 can safely hunt on 280 acres. So how can a party of 10 on 2500 acres be a danger to ajacent property? Only if the ajacent property owner is anti gun and anti hunting.

Elitists cannot tell us what to do with our property if the activity is legal. 2nd Amendment is still legal. Hunting licenses are still for sale. Hunting is still legal. Brokejaw loses.


54 posted on 10/31/2004 7:31:59 PM PST by o_zarkman44
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To: Grampa Dave

What? My Gosh, he is not really saying such a ludicrous thing is he? And I thought he was a sane man once!


55 posted on 10/31/2004 7:41:18 PM PST by ladyinred (John Kerry has a plan to change the national symbol of an Eagle to a Chicken)
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To: brityank

I guess I will be the one who understands Tom's fears. I moved this summer into the Sierra Nevada, and it is deer season. I am afraid to go outside sometimes, and fear for my dogs because there is shooting all around me. Think how you would feel. It is close to my home, and it is freaky and scary to me too.


56 posted on 10/31/2004 7:43:14 PM PST by ladyinred (John Kerry has a plan to change the national symbol of an Eagle to a Chicken)
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To: mlocher
As Tom was saying to me just the other day, "NOT IN MY BACK YARD!".
57 posted on 10/31/2004 7:51:38 PM PST by albee (Those who desire peace should prepare for war.)
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To: albee

good point!


58 posted on 10/31/2004 7:53:08 PM PST by mlocher (america is a sovereign state)
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To: ladyinred

He has been an elitist Progressive liar all of his life.

My MIL's maiden name was Brokaw. She and her relatives in Illinois were and are rock solid Republicans and conservatives. They warned me about their distant cousin decades ago.


59 posted on 11/01/2004 8:22:51 AM PST by Grampa Dave (When will ABCNNBCBS & the MSM fishwraps stop Rathering to America? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: Daryl L.Hunter

This is one of many reasons why Montanans are so sensitive to land purchases by out-of-state people. Aside from the factors that you mention, outsiders often aren't aware of the economic consequences of their purchases. Whitefish is rapidly becoming "the next Jackson Hole", making it impossible for native Montanans to afford a home on local wages, and complaining about the lack of government services, which have kept taxes reasonable. Not to mention bringing ecofascism and animism...


60 posted on 11/02/2004 9:53:46 AM PST by HolgerDansk ("Oh Bother", said Pooh, as he chambered another round.)
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