Fellow rancher’s viral letter explains so much about why ranchers support ‘hero’ Bundy

Photo Credit: egoswick blogspot

Photo Credit: egoswick blogspot
These are some of the many photographs I ( Emily, ‘The Rancher’s Daughter’) have taken at ropings, brandings, or simply just out my back door. I am the daughter of a 5th generation cattle rancher. Note: Photo does not depict anyone named in this article.

With debate raging over whether the Bureau of Land Management is overstepping its authority in stopping rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle from grazing on public land, one of Bundy’s neighbors offered to settle the question.

In an open letter, Bundy’s neighbor, Kena Lytle Gloeckner, explained why ranchers are supporting Bundy. Her letter, which has been posted on numerous blogs, said:

There have been a lot of people criticizing Clive Bundy because he did not pay his grazing fees for 20 years. The public is also probably wondering why so many other cowboys are supporting Mr. Bundy even though they paid their fees and Clive did not. What you people probably do not realize is that on every rancher’s grazing permit it says the following: “You are authorized to make grazing use of the lands, under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management and covered by this grazing permit, upon your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this grazing permit and payment of grazing fees when due.” The “mandatory” terms and conditions go on to list the allotment, the number and kind of livestock to be grazed, when the permit begins and ends, the number of active or suspended AUMs (animal units per month), etc. The terms and conditions also list specific requirements such as where salt or mineral supplements can be located, maximum allowable use of forage levels (40% of annual growth), etc., and include a lot more stringent policies that must be adhered to. Every rancher must sign this “contract” agreeing to abide by the TERMS AND CONDITIONS before he or she can make payment.

In the early 90s, the BLM went on a frenzy and drastically cut almost every rancher’s permit because of this desert tortoise issue, even though all of us ranchers knew that cow and desert tortoise had co-existed for a hundred+ years. As an example, a family friend had his permit cut by 90%. For those of you who are non-ranchers, that would be equated to getting your paycheck cut 90%. In 1976 there were approximately 52 ranching permittees in this area of Nevada. Presently, there are 3. Most of these people lost their livelihoods because of the actions of the BLM. Clive Bundy was one of these people who received extremely unfair and unreasonable TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Keep in mind that Mr. Bundy was required to sign this contract before he was allowed to pay. Had Clive signed on the dotted line, he would have, in essence, signed his very livelihood away. And so Mr. Bundy took a stand, not only for himself, but for all of us. He refused to be destroyed by a tyrannical federal entity and to have his American liberties and freedoms taken away. Also keep in mind that all ranchers financially paid dearly for the forage rights those permits allow – – not rights to the land, but rights to use the forage that grows on that land. Many of these AUMS are water based, meaning that the rancher also has a vested right (state owned, not federal) to the waters that adjoin the lands and allow the livestock to drink. These water rights were also purchased at a great price.

If a rancher cannot show beneficial use of the water (he must have the appropriate number of livestock that drinks and uses that water), then he loses that water right. Usually water rights and forage rights go hand in hand. Contrary to what the BLM is telling you, they NEVER compensate a rancher for the AUMs they take away. Most times, they tell ranchers that their AUMS are “suspended,” but not removed. Unfortunately, my family has thousands of “suspended” AUMs that will probably never be returned. And so, even though these ranchers throughout the course of a hundred years invested thousands(and perhaps millions) of dollars and sacrificed along the way to obtain these rights through purchase from others, at a whim the government can take everything away with the stroke of a pen. This is the very thing that Clive Bundy singlehandedly took a stand against. Thank you, Clive, from a rancher who considers you a hero.

A letter from Bundy’s daughter can also be read on “Stand With Cliven and Carol Bundy.”

See also: Megyn Kelly: Chilling exclusive behind the scenes look at Nevada ranch showdown

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
Cheryl Carpenter Klimek


53 thoughts on “Fellow rancher’s viral letter explains so much about why ranchers support ‘hero’ Bundy

  1. John Campbell says:

    If you want your job you can keep your job. Just sign here, for the 90% pay cut, and the job is still yours.

    With best wishes, Barack Obama.

    1. mindbomb2000 says:

      Funny, I don’t recall Obama being the President in THE NINETIES.

      1. John Campbell says:

        Even funnier! No one recalls the BLM going to the Bundy ranch geared for combat in the 90’s. Moreover, the Hage case was heard just last year, 2013.

        Now what was that “THE NINETIES.” comment about? Deflection or obfuscation?

        1. mindbomb2000 says:

          Your original comment was beyond silly (implying a connection between our current President and a policy from the 90’s). And your reply is even worse (somehow you’ve determined my position on this issue based upon one sentence). Brilliant.

          1. John Campbell says:

            Actually, your own words sunk you. You should consider that the next time you open your peeper. If reading comprehension is your only issue it would be one thing, but I take a lot more into consideration when I reply to posts. For example, one thing that might have helped you along in growing up, a firm recognition by your own parents of “spare the rod, spoil the child”. It seems whatever method they used it didn’t keep you from spelling out vulgar language in public. One can only wonder what your verbiage is in public. Poor parentage causes that.

            Then there’s this obvious of the missed facts in your mind of the Bundy situation. Regardless of when it started, it’s dead wrong and a Nevada court has said so, but now it’s being enforced at the barrel of a fully automatic machinegun against a U.S. citizenry. All that for just a cow or a grazing fee? Plus more while under the Obama regime. Deny anything you wish. You can’t change the facts. Even if you start yet another screen name it still won’t change those facts.

          2. mindbomb2000 says:

            What am I denying? Seriously, you are arguing a point I didn’t make. If you think I’m someone else posting under a different name, you’re delusional. And personal attacks? Get some help.

          3. John Campbell says:

            You should have thought of all that before you left your Bio/Profile posting history unlocked.

            I stand by mine. How about you?

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