my absolute favorite
You realize, I hope, that the fence-cutters were criminals. Most of 'em didn't own a single acre of land. They were grazing their cattle on other people's grass & watering them on other people's water. When a rancher fenced in his land--to which he had legal title here in Texas--he cut them off from free grass & free water. That led to the fencecutting wars in Texas, which the Rangers finally put a stop to. If you want something stopped in Texas call in the Texas Rangers. It'll stop.
In Open Range , as the name implies , it was open range.No one cut any fences. The cattlemen who went in and squatted on it first just didn't want anyone else using the same free grass and water . It was public land and belong to Federal Government/State.This was set in Colorado in early 1880's .