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How nice would it be to have exclusive access to thousands of acres of public lands? Deciding who gets to hunt these lands, fish these streams, hike these trails or enjoy the solitude — that all sounds pretty great, huh?

So how might one gain this privilege and authority? Well, it’s pretty easy to do in Montana right now; just put up a gate on a public road that is used to access these public lands and voila; you’re now the king.

And even though you’d be in clear violation of the law, the recourse is so measly it’s virtually non-existent. For just $10 per day — the current fine for illegally blocking a public road — you too can have your own public lands kingdom.

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Chris McCarthy grew up in Augusta, MT and now lives with his wife in Belgrade. An avid hunter, angler and outdoor recreationist, Chris is the Gallatin Board Member for the Montana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.

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