On April 16th, the Montana State Land Board will vote on providing hunters with permanent access to 20,000 acres of the Horse Creek Conservation area on the Wibaux and Dawson County line.
If approved, hunters will be able to access the easement area through Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Block Management Program without having to worry about losing a favorite hunting spot. The easement would more than double the approximately 19,000 private acres open to public hunting.
Despite overwhelming support from the public and the FWP department, Montana’s Land Board voted 3-2 to delay the easement decision, citing the need for a focus on natural resource development in Montana instead of “dinking around buying private working farms.”
*Spokesmen from the offices of both Secretary of State Cory Stapleton and State Auditor Matt Rosendale declined to comment and city officials from both Wibaux and Dawson county were not available.