There are more hunters and anglers in Montana than in any of the other Western states. Thus, it is no surprise that Montana voters are also some of the most frequent visitors to public lands among the states in the West. Big Sky Country voters are also the most opposed to selling off public lands as a way to reduce the budget deficit.
Montanans are among the most frequent visitors to public lands.
- Two-thirds (66%) of Montana voters visit public lands six or more times per year, with 38% visiting more than TWENTY times per year. The number of Montanans in that frequent visitor category is nearly double that of any other Western state, with the exception of Wyoming.
- With so many in the state frequently visiting public lands, the closing of public lands during the federal government shutdown left Montanans angry (29%) and annoyed (27%).
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