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Constructive letters on subjects ol gen eral rural interest will be published under this heading as space permits Montana Farmer-Stockman may or may not agree with the opinions expressed. "HUNTERS" IS THE WORD, NOT "SPORTSMEN" I READ THE EDITOR'S page of a recent Montana Farmer-Stockman with considerable interest and found in it a perfect, balancing act between the hunters and the landowners 'Dealing With Careless views, Hunters.' I am in no sense looking for an argument when I state my side of the case. These are my views, and after over 40 years of trouble with hunters of every size, color and de scription, I defy either you or any one else to make a' case for the hunter. To start I'll take your paragraph mentioning that increasingly costly experiences have caused more and more signs to be posted, thereby causing "resentment among sports men." Why should "sportsmen" be resentful if a property owner posts his land against intruders? How about the rancher's resentment? I would like to change your term of "sportsman" to "hunter" and now mention that among the many thou sand "hunters" who have invaded my property over the last 40 years there have been only a very small percentage of sportsmen. Several years ago I was riding through a grove of willows on the way to my water holes. There were about 150 head of cattle in this val ley field of several hundred acres. The fence had no gate on the road and I had it plainly posted "No hunt ing in this livestock pasture" on ac count of past trouble. I was shot at, at about 600-foot range, and was told later that the marksman's companion had knocked the rifle barrel up as the shot was fired. The shot came uncomfortably close, and I rode up to the pair, in quiring their business on my prop erty. They both showed signs of liquor, in fact, offered me a drink. The pay-off is that later this man, who is well known to me and a local professional man, told me in all sin cerity that he had taken me for a deer and had shot on glimpsing me through the brush. I think a reasonable solution to this problem would be to make tres pass by hunters exactly that by law. As it stands now, a hunter can drive into a herd of cattle, shoot down a calf, roll it into the trunk, and if the rancher doesn't catch him right in the act he can even leave the prop erty openly. _ I have repeatedly been invited to attend meetings of a local group who would like me to take my signs down, as my ranch seems to be a favorite spot for numerous hunters. After the following losses in the last few years, I'm very skeptical: One pumping unit shot up, radiator and water jacket shot full of holes (This first item cost me over $300 to re pair), two sheep killed, one burro, one work horse, one cow badly shot up (several other cows dead, prob ably shot), one large water tank shot full of holes, a considerable number of calves disappeared in hunting sea son, many miles of grass rolled down each year,—C. A. C., Hill county. cmsi sm msas FOR BIGGER FARM PROFITS w ! (•] ■ J £ t % ' n V ' ■ ..r. - JSf' » ' I kV W: j m ■>** ... _. 'ir XT Iff PUMPING 3,500 GALLONS PER MINUTE into irrigation ditches, this 4-cylinder GM Diesel on a pump lin Texas uses only three gallons of Diesel fuel per hour. GM-DIESEL-POWERED Allis-Chalmers tractor on Washington ranch, plows wheat stubble in third gear going uphill. Powerful and easy rid ing, this HD-5 tractor is pulling two 4-bottom, 14-inch plow«. ri RAIN MADE TO ORDER. This mobile overhead irrigation system, powered by a 3-cylinder GM Diesel, puts down nearly three hour for bumper crops of sugar beets in California. PRODUCTION WENT UP 50%-and fuel coats dropped two thirds—when an Iowa miller re placed gasoline power with GM Diesels on port able feed mills. The oldest unit has been in service three years without overhaul. -inches of water ' ? : y. mmm ? SÄ tt-mk /A / W \ m y 4 SC-i g tv d *' iipsi' F ROM cotton ginning to feed grinding— from plowing to pumping—wherever you use power. General Motors Series 71 Diesels will get more work done—and get it done at lower cost.They use safe, inexpensive fuel and squeeze maximum power out of every drop. They are 2-cycle, which means they deliver power on every piston down-stroke. They're more compact, smoother in operation and easy to maintain. This modem Diesel power is making money for others — it will make money for you. Let us give you all the facts. DETROIT DIESEL ENGINE DIVISION DETROIT 28, MICHIGAN MOTORS MULTIPLE UNITS... Up to 800 H. f. SINGLE ENGINES. ..Up to 200 H. P. GENERAL DIESEL POWER 1ESEL BRAWN WITHOUT THE BULK Mountain Tractor Co. 1345 West Broadway P. O. Box 1524 MISSOULA, MONT. Seitz Machinery Co., Inc. 420 N. 24th St. BILLINGS, MONT.