I talked to the lady that owns the cow I hit a couple weeks ago. Very nice lady and a good talk. A number of things I think need telling here.
I went back durning daylight and looked at their fences, very good fences, these cows did not come thru a fence. She told me about the people using the public land where they graze cows, they pay for that. Of gates being left open, animals being shot at and buildings being shot at. We talked about the total lack of warning signs for open range, there are none. In the end a cow died with about seven more productive years and I've got a totaled out truck. It was a county road but the county claims no responsibility to post it "open range", neither does the state. The insurance company will pay for the cow because I hit it on open range even tho it is un-marked and there are good fences. They will deduct that from my settlement. The ranchers insurance company takes the view that they are not liable because it's open range. The county and the state accept no blame because they are not responsible for anything bad that happens, only everything good!
Having looked at the place in daylight, I'm certain that the land owner did all they could to contain their cows. Who's to blame here? The rancher, I don't think so. Me? A jet black cow in the middle of a black road after dark on a very dark night, I'd hope not. I think that ultimately the responsible party was the person that left open a gate, weather hunter, 4 wheeler or hiker. That persons disreguard for closing gates behind him/her let out the cows that got loose. The county and the state are responsible for nothing,,,unless it's good!
On another site a guy was complaining about sheep on his hunting lease. Seems the owner leased out for grazing and for hunting. I think that the guy should have found the owner of the sheep and worked out something but he felt he'd leased it and had a right. Probally true but in the process of excerising his right's he could well put a bad mark on ALL of us. There is no place to hunt so important, there is no place to shoot so important, that we can't give some concideration to other user's and especially land owner's.
I just though that maybe now and again it might be well to mention these things.