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FELLOW HUNTERS – particularly elk and public land deer hunters – please consider joining with us in protecting our access to public land and the vast public land game populations. (80% of elk and most trophy mule deer live all or part of the year on public land.) Access to these lands and game is increasingly threatened by private parties trying to “privatize” and commercialize the game. This usually comes in the form of ILLEGALLY LOCKED GATES or OUTRIGHT ROAD CLOSURES leading to the public land. PLWA is the only Montana organization directly challenging those road closures.

Sometimes opening a road is just a matter of a phone call or letter to local authorities. Letting them know someone is watching can be enough to get action. (Someone with a track record of following thru like PLWA). Of course, not every road is a public road but many closures involve public roads where local authorities are reluctant to act for financial or political reasons. One thing PLWA does that others seldom do, is take closures to court if the road obviously public and local officials are unresponsive. We can take effective action that is difficult for a single hunter or a small group to accomplish. We know road law and we know how to research road history.

PLWA has PROVEN TRACK RECORD of getting results. Examples of our recent successes are:

1.) The BULLWHACKER ROAD IN BLAINE COUNTY in Blaine County which provides access to 50,000 acres of BLM. and state land - and a key access point to the “breaks’ with their world famous elk and trophy deer populations.

2.) The JEFFERSON GULCH / WASHINGTON GULCH ROADS near Ovando which provide access to thousands of acres of National Forest.

One of our main current efforts is to convince the Fergus County Commissioners to remove the gate on the MAYBEE ROAD running north into the ‘breaks” from Roy Montana. This road that has existed since 1913 was recently blocked by a landowner/outfitter - apparently trying to control hunting on a huge area of checkerboard public and private land. We might go to the mat on this one.

Right now I have FOUR NEW ROAD CLOSURE complaints on my e-mail. I am sure there will be many more as hunting season approaches.

YOU NEED US AND WE NEED YOU ! Although BIG MONEY IS ON THE OTHER SIDE , collectively we can get a lot done. Membership is only $20 per year and you can join either on-line or using the form in the enclosed brochure. ($20 just about covers the admin cost for a member, but contributions of $50, $100, or $250 are needed to keep the pressure on. Legal action is expensive.)


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( 07/01/2016 )   7/1/2016PLWA, once again, has been victorious in the battle for the public's stream access on the Ruby River, from the Seyler Lane Bridge, likely the original stagecoach route from Salt Lake City, north to Virginia City and Helena.It has been over a decade that PLWA (formerly known as PLAAI) has been involved in a lawsuit over public access to the Ruby River from Seyler Lane and the Seyler Bridge, a public prescriptive easement right-of-way in Madison County.

"Dark Money" Brought to Light
( 07/01/2016 )   The June-July, Newscasts section of Fly Fisherman reported on the recent investigation by Montana's Commissioner of Political Practices, Jonathan Motl, into a dark money campaign that could overturn Montana's Stream Access.Fly Fisherman recounted the Montana Growth Network's campaign contributions to District Judge Laurie McKinnon's run for our Montana Supreme Court.

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Seyler Lane Update
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Tenderfoot - Four Years and Counting
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