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Mon., Oct. 21, 2013, 11 a.m.

Montana landowners curbing access to public lands

Carl Kjellstrand of Walla Walla calls his son with details of his successful morning whitetail hunt. The former Spokane resident was hunting with Outdoors editor Rich Landers in Montana.   (Rich Landers)
Carl Kjellstrand of Walla Walla calls his son with details of his successful morning whitetail hunt. The former Spokane resident was hunting with Outdoors editor Rich Landers in Montana. (Rich Landers)

PUBLIC LANDS -- For sportsmen of all persuasions -- and the businesses and economy they support -- this is a troubling trend that's accelerating in Montana:

Disputes over public access across private land in Montana on the rise
The Public Land/Water Access Association, which advocates for public access to public lands, said private landowners in Montana are increasingly blocking access to roads across their lands that have existed for decades, and PLWAA is tracking at least 10 such closures in Darby, Fergus, Madison, Meagher, Ravalli, Sweet Grass, Teton and Toole counties.

--Great Falls Tribune




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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