We Protect Public Lands
and Public Access

Montana Wildlife Federation ensures your right to hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors.

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Hunting & Fishing Are Our Way Of Life

Montana is home to some of the highest quality natural resources in the nation as well as the longest hunting seasons in the West. However, wildlife managers often face pressure to manage wildlife and recreation for private profit. Roughly 1.5 million acres of public land are inaccessible in Montana due to being landlocked by private land or by individuals who illegally block access to public roads and waters. This directly conflicts with the nature and mission of public lands and the public trust doctrine of wildlife. Montana Wildlife Federation fights to protect public access and recreational opportunities for people of every color, creed, religion, gender, and sexual orientation.

Keeping Public Roads Open to Public Lands

Montana’s hunters, anglers, and wildlife enthusiasts depend on public roads to access public lands and waters. Unfortunately, cases of public lands and waters being closed off by private interests occur all too frequently. MWF works with our members, affiliates, and local officials to reopen these areas so that this land is open for all.

Protecting Public Ownership Of Wildlife

The public trust doctrine of wildlife management in North America states that wildlife is property of the people of the United States, to be held, in trust, by state governments for the benefit of the resources themselves and the public. That doctrine is a core tenet of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and an essential part of what makes Montana such a great place to live and recreate in. MWF works to prevent special interests from taking ownership of wildlife away from the public while defending the authority of wildlife managers to rely on sound science and not private profits.

Supporting Access Incentives For Private Landowners

The great public lands that Montanans hold in high regard make up only about one-third of our state’s land base. Private land still makes up the largest portion of our state and therefore holds the utmost importance for wildlife management. Additionally, private lands have some of the best hunting and fishing in the state. MWF supports programs, such as Block Management, that give financial assistance to landowners who provide public access and manage for wildlife habitat.


At A Glance

We work to keep public roads open for public access.
We establish programs to give access incentives to private landowners.
We help protect public ownership of wildlife.
Our Work
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Our Work
The Montana Wildlife Federation has a grassroots network of local affiliated clubs around Montana.

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Alec Underwood

Federal Conservation Campaigns Director

Alec is responsible for developing and implementing MWF’s federal conservation advocacy and policy campaigns to protect Montana’s fish and wildlife. He spends most of his free time hunting big game and fly fishing Montana’s cherished trout rivers. He also enjoys backpacking, skiing, photography, and woodworking.