Trespassers Beware

30×48 oil

available at the Russell Live auction lot 134  CM Russell 2024

On a blustery fall day in Montana a cowboy has been caught red handed deep in the tribal hunting grounds with hides and meat far out of reach from the protection of the other cowboys at the herd.  Out in the open, his chances for survival are low compared to the cover offered by the mountains behind him. Being caught like this is a very dangerous situation depending on the mood of the land owner and severity of the crime. He may barter for his life or pay for the offence with his scalp and he would be considered lucky if they stripped him down giving him a head start to get away. Game laws are strict!