Landowners across the state are very understanding of portage locations that are used for good reason. This one doesn't need to be used for any reason. It's nice to use the portage when you are afraid of the dark, when the wind is blowing, and when you are feeling lazy. This particular portage has been in use for 20+ years. The field is overgrown with weeds, the crop is not worth harvesting and is rarely snacked on by the cows. It's out of sight, and it's the most direct route across. I was taught by gore veterans that this is an "ok" place to portage as long as you are respectful while doing so. Why does it concern the rancher? The rancher already told us that if it was just us he wouldn't have a problem with it. He is worried about Rafters, Hunters, Fisherman and Campers hanging out on his land. He said he would not catch us anyway. The ranchers son understands why people use the portage and doesn't appear to care. I hope people will learn from this experience, and try to be understanding. In the past I've let the group decide, I've been a follower and not much of a leader. In the future I will encourage others to paddle around with me. It would be really cool if the rancher took down his no portaging sing, and replaced it with a tread lightly post. No one wants to anger the rancher or destroy the cattle's food source. I like the idea of giving back something to the rancher in an effort to resolve future conflict.