Montana has some of the best outdoor resources in the nation and the longest hunting seasons in the West. But wildlife managers face pressure to manage game for private profit and not the public good. Too often, the public’s access is closed off by people who illegally block public roads and stream access points. MWF works to protect public access and hunting opportunity for everyone, not just special interests.
KEEPING PUBLIC ROADS OPEN TO PUBLIC LANDS
Montana hunters and anglers depend on public roads to legally access public land and public streams. Unfortunately, sometimes people close off public roads in order to restrict public access. MWF works to keep roads open so that all Montanans can legally access our lands and waters.
PROTECTING PUBLIC OWNERSHIP OF WILDLIFE
Wildlife is a public trust resource that is managed for the benefit of everyone. That’s a core tenet of the North American Model of Wildlife Management and an essential part of what makes Montana such a great place to live. MWF works to prevent special interests from taking ownership of wildlife away from the public. We also fight to defend the authority of wildlife managers to rely on sound science and not private profits.
SUPPORTING ACCESS INCENTIVES FOR PRIVATE LANDOWNERS
Some of the best hunting and fishing is on private lands, and Montana has a long history of sportsmen and landowners working together. MWF supports programs like Block Management that give financial help to landowners who provide public access for hunting, fishing, and other recreation.