NO HUNTING IN ANDOVER THIS YEAR
NOTICES ARE NOW BEING POSTED - MUST GET PERMISSION FROM THE FARMERS
From Wednesday's Daily-
John Letnes, one of the supervisors of Andover township, was in the city yesterday with his son, looking after some business. Among other things he had notices printed which will be posted all over the township warning hunters that hunting is prohibited in Andover township. In speaking of this action, which was ordered at the annual meeting in Andover, Mr. Letnes said:
"This action ws taken because of the action of some of the lawless hunters. We are determined to keep them out. The farmers in Andover have scores of friends in Crookston who can get permission to hunt on our farms. However, our experience in the past with some of the riff-raff has been costly. They have come out and shot through windows of empty buildings, driven through standing grain, and committed all manner of depredations. We take this action, not to stop decent hunters, but to stop those who are what might be termed 'outlaw hunters'."
In this connection Mr. Letnes cannot be blamed for the stand he and others from his township have taken. It is the few lawless hunters from the city who drive into the country, knock down shocks, run through uncut grain fields and in every way possible ignore the rights of the owners of the land that causes a prejudice against hunters from the city.
Hunters who are inclined to be decent can secure permission to hunt practically anywhere, but it is natural that a farmer who pays taxes on his land does not care to have some crazy prig from the city run over his crops, shoot at his buildings, and otherwise destroy his property.
Source: Crookston Times, Saturday, August 28, 1909
Submitter: Brenda G.
Updated April 20, 2015, K. Kittleson