Public Lands & Waters

Location of Forrest Fenn’s Treasure Finally Revealed

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Location of Forrest Fenn’s Treasure Finally Revealed

The decade-long search for Forrest Fenn’s treasure ended two years ago, but the hunt for answers has not. Although details have slowly surfaced since Jack Stuef located the gold-filled chest, the greatest Fenn mystery of all remained unsolved: Where was the treasure hidden? Finally last week, we got...
Spencer Neuharth May 13, 2022
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New Criminal Charges Dropped, but Corner Crossing Case Could Still Set Precedent

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New Criminal Charges Dropped, but Corner Crossing Case Could Still Set Precedent

Four hunters from Missouri were acquitted of criminal trespass and trespass to hunt on April 29 in Wyoming’s Carbon County Circuit Court relating to events where they “corner crossed” between adjacent checkerboard parcels of public lands in 2021. However, just before that jury trial began, three of...
Sam Lungren May 11, 2022
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What the Wyoming Corner Crossing Verdict Means for Hunters

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What the Wyoming Corner Crossing Verdict Means for Hunters

Public land hunters across the country celebrated Friday as a jury quickly delivered a not-guilty verdict in the high-profile case of four Missourians charged with trespassing in Wyoming last fall. That means those four men in their particular situation did not commit a crime. It does not mean that...
Sam Lungren May 2, 2022
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New Senate Bill Would Turn Public Lands Into Housing Developments

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New Senate Bill Would Turn Public Lands Into Housing Developments

A new bill in the United States Senate would allow state and local governments across the West to purchase federally-managed public lands at steeply discounted prices. If the bill’s author gets his wish, those lands would then be earmarked for housing development. S.4062 was introduced on April...
Travis Hall Apr 18, 2022
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What President Biden's "30x30" Plan Means for Hunters and Anglers

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What President Biden's "30x30" Plan Means for Hunters and Anglers

By now you’ve likely heard about President Joe Biden’s “30x30” initiative. Also known as “America the Beautiful,” the program aims to conserve 30% of America’s lands and waters by the year 2030. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, about 12% of the United States’ landmass and 23% of its...
Jordan Sillars Apr 1, 2022
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How One 80-Year-Old Angler Might Change Colorado Stream Access Forever

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How One 80-Year-Old Angler Might Change Colorado Stream Access Forever

On a bluebird day in August 2012, a 71-year-old fly fisherman named Roger Hill was wading his favorite stretch of the Arkansas River, just downstream from Salida, Colorado, when he noticed a baseball-sized rock falling from a high bluff above his head. The rock plummeting toward him—the first of...
Travis Hall Mar 29, 2022
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Canadian Mega Mines Threaten Southeast Alaska Salmon and Wilderness

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Canadian Mega Mines Threaten Southeast Alaska Salmon and Wilderness

Shortly after graduating high school, my buddy Ed got run over by a truck while riding a bicycle. We’d been planning a mountain goat hunt up the Taku River near where Ed’s family had a cabin. I figured the hunt was off. The accident was the sort that would have killed most people, but Ed walked it...
Bjorn Dihle Mar 25, 2022
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Rise of Ghosts: The Fight to Save the East's Coastal Forests

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Rise of Ghosts: The Fight to Save the East's Coastal Forests

Aside from the fleeting call of a pileated woodpecker, the wind is the only other sound to cover my footsteps. I edge through the loblolly pines waiting to hear the gobble of a turkey that never occurs. Ultimately, I make my way back to the trailhead along the edge of a transition zone between...
John Barone Mar 23, 2022
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How onXmaps Is Creating More Public Land Access

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How onXmaps Is Creating More Public Land Access

Public land hunters are facing a dilemma. Conservation organizations and state agencies in recent years have issued dire warnings about the declining percentage of Americans who hunt. At the same time, those who hunt and recreate on public lands have observed increased traffic, and COVID-19 has only...
Jordan Sillars Mar 16, 2022
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New Mexico Supreme Court Restores Public Stream Access Law

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New Mexico Supreme Court Restores Public Stream Access Law

On March 1, the New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously ruled that regulations allowing landowners to restrict public access to rivers and creeks is unconstitutional. “Today is an exciting day in New Mexico history. Our state Supreme Court reaffirmed the constitutional rights of New Mexicans to their...
Maggie Hudlow Mar 7, 2022
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Wyoming Corner Crossing Case Deepens with New Charges and Civil Lawsuit

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Wyoming Corner Crossing Case Deepens with New Charges and Civil Lawsuit

Editor’s note: In October 2021, four Missourians hunting in Wyoming were cited for criminal trespass after “corner crossing” from one square parcel of public land to another across adjoining corners—presenting an opportunity to test an infamously murky legal issue. This article is the third...
Sam Lungren Mar 3, 2022
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