Tonight, come join #publiclandowners to celebrate @magmarie5's thesis project, #iownit.
The showing is from 6-9pm at the @onxhunt office in Missoula - 1925 Brooks St, Missoula, MT 59801. All public land owners are welcome!
@publiclanduser is a project created by Maggie Hamilton to showcase individual owners and users of America's wild lands. Pictured here is the artist, Maggie, and below is her public lands story: “I grew up hunting whitetail on my grandpa’s land, pheasant at a game club, fishing off the waterfront my grandparent’s owned, and camping at privately owned campgrounds. I didn’t use public land until I was in college.
Being from Wisconsin where 82.2% of the land is privately owned, I never had to use public land, and I feel like many Midwesterners don’t either, which doesn’t surprise me when Wisconsin and the Midwest’s largest industry is Agriculture.
When I attended undergrad at Northern Michigan University I didn’t know anyone to ask permission for hunting and fishing. I also truly didn’t know how public lands worked until I met my fiancé and his friends. They used public lands daily for trapping, fishing, and hunting. I tagged along on hunting trips and going to check traps. That gave me the opportunity to really see how special public lands were though their eyes & I really started to understand how important these lands were to so many people in the U.P. - I shot my first banded mallard and caught my first rainbow trout on public lands.
After moving to Montana and being completely surrounded by public lands, it hit me hard. These are some of the most amazing views, and amazing hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking opportunities on earth, and people want to take that away?? Why?? I couldn’t wrap my mind around it. I wanted to get involved and protect these beautiful, wild places. That’s what inspired my thesis photo series “IOwnIt” and wanting to get involved and intern with organizations like @Backcountryhunters.” #publiclandowner #onxmaps #onxhunt #onx #kettlehouse #missoula #publiclands