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Durfee Hills

Durfee Hills

Durfee Hills

Even though a land exchange involving the Durfee Hills in Fergus County has been shot down, the landlocked Bureau of Land Management acreage remains at the center of controversy.

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Durfee Hills fence

Durfee Hills fence

Last week the BLM investigated this fence erected by the Wilks brothers around landlocked federal lands within the N Bar Ranch. The agency said the fence does not encroach on federal land.

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BLM: Durfee Hills fence built by Wilks brothers is OK

BLM: Durfee Hills fence built by Wilks brothers is OK

Rumors that a new fence built by the Wilks brothers around Bureau of Land Management acreage in the Durfee Hills encroached on federal property have been stifled after an agency investigation.

October 01, 2014 10:39 am Photos

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Wilks brothers 'blindsided' by BLM decision on land swap

Wilks brothers 'blindsided' by BLM decision on land swap

A representative for Montana’s largest private landowners said his clients were “blindsided” by a Tuesday news story in which the Bureau of Land Management said it would not consider the Durfee Hills as part of their proposed land exchange.

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Guest opinion: Stand up for Montanans' access to public lands

John Brenden (April 17 guest opinion) pretended to be a “friend” of public recreationists while promoting a Bureau of Land Management land exchange with his political supporters, the Wilks brothers.

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BLM pulls Durfee Hills from proposed land exchange

BLM pulls Durfee Hills from proposed land exchange

Officials with the Bureau of Land Management decided last week to remove the Durfee Hills from consideration as part of a controversial land exchange proposed by Montana’s largest private landowners, Dan and Farris Wilks.

April 28, 2014 1:00 pm Photos

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Elk haven

Elk haven

With an estimated 4,000 elk roaming the surrounding N Bar and Pronghorn ranches, the Durfee Hills sit in the middle of prime big game habitat.

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Matthew Newberg

Matthew Newberg

Matthew Newberg tagged this large bull elk while hunting with his father in the Durfee Hills in 2012.

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Proposed land exchange raises profile of landlocked public parcel

Proposed land exchange raises profile of landlocked public parcel

Until a couple of months ago, few Montanans had heard of the Durfee Hills.

March 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Prairie view

Prairie view

Bozeman hunter and outdoor television personality Randy Newberg sits atop a high point in the Durfee Hills that overlooks the Flatwillow Creek drainage. The 2,700 acres of Bureau of Land Management property is surrounded by the N Bar Ranch.

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Durfee view

Durfee view

The Durfee Hills contain scattered stands of ponderosa pine and are located at the south end of the Little Snowy Mountains.

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Details of controversial land exchange unveiled

Details of controversial land exchange unveiled

A week after revealing details of a central Montana land exchange to conservation groups and after more than a month of speculation by interested residents, the Bureau of Land Management has revealed the details of the proposal.

March 19, 2014 12:40 pm Photos

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Northern lands

Northern lands

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Southern lands

Southern lands

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Proposed land deal would access 60,000 acres

Two Texas brothers who own property in Central Montana have formally proposed a land exchange involving Bureau of Land Management property inside their ranch in a trade for public access to an estimated 60,000 acres in the Big Snowy Mountains and north of the Missouri River Breaks.

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Land maps

Land maps

Map on left portrays the landownership situation where the Bullwhacker Road is closed as it passes through the Wilks Ranch. The map on the right portrays the reverse situation in southern Fergus County where the 2700-acre BLM Durfee Hills parcel, plus a state section are surrounded by the pr…

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Petition seeks to halt land exchange between BLM, Texas billionaires

Petition seeks to halt land exchange between BLM, Texas billionaires

Some Montana advocates of public lands access seem to be in no mood to negotiate with Texas billionaire brothers Dan and Farris Wilks over land exchange or access deals in central and north-central Montana.

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