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    What's the meaning of the title of the famous movie "Open Range"?

    Does it mean "open land to shoot as much as you can?"

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    Re: Open Range

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    What's the meaning of the title of the famous movie "Open Range"?

    Does it mean "open land to shoot as much as you can?"

    Thank You
    In this case, "range" means the extensive area of grassland where cattle or other livestock roam, or specifically in this case, the vast American prairie.

    "Open" means "unfenced."

    One of the core conflicts for the early settlers was between those who needed fenced ranches and those who needed open range. There were a number of these "range wars" in the West.

    Range war - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Feuds and Range Wars in the American West
    Category:Range wars in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Poetically, the term "open range" symbolizes the personal freedom of unfettered life, unrestricted movement, self-directed acts without social constraint.
    Home, home on the range
    Where the deer and the antelope play

    ~ Cowboy song
    YouTube - Home On The Range - Gene Autry

    There's no particular implication of "shooting" -- except of course, men living in the open range would have shot game for food. In addition, before land was annexed as part of the United States, there were no laws and no law enforcement, so shooting other people to settle disputes or to commit another crime (such as robbery) was perfectly possible.

    The expression "open range" is not related to expressions such as "open season." This term does involve shooting game without restriction, but it is used in opposition to "closed season" -- the time of year in which it is illegal to shoot a specific type of game.
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    In the expression "open range," "open" is the opposite of "fenced," not "closed."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    In this case, "range" means the extensive area of grassland where cattle or other livestock roam, or specifically in this case, the vast American prairie.

    "Open" means "unfenced."

    One of the core conflicts for the early settlers was between those who needed fenced ranches and those who needed open range. There were a number of these "range wars" in the West.

    Range war - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Feuds and Range Wars in the American West
    Category:Range wars in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Poetically, the term "open range" symbolizes the personal freedom of unfettered life, unrestricted movement, self-directed acts without social constraint.

    There's no particular implication of "shooting" -- except of course, men living in the open range would have shot game for food. In addition, before land was annexed as part of the United States, there were no laws and no law enforcement, so shooting other people to settle disputes or to commit another crime (such as robbery) was perfectly possible.

    The expression "open range" is not related to expressions such as "open season." This term does involve shooting game without restriction, but it is used in opposition to "closed season" -- the time of year in which it is illegal to shoot a specific type of game.

    In the expression "open range," "open" is the opposite of "fenced," not "closed."
    Thank You very much for your helpful and extensive explanation

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    Re: Open Range

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    Thank You very much for your helpful and extensive explanation
    Don't miss Gene Autry singing "Home on the Range" -- a traditional cowboy song

    Home, home on the range
    Where the deer and the antelope play


    YouTube - Home On The Range - Gene Autry

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