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Photos: Gov. Bullock honors local sportsman with dedication of a fishing access on the Big Hole

Photos: Gov. Bullock honors local sportsman with dedication of a fishing access on the Big Hole

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On Thursday, it was Montana's turn to appreciate Tony Schoonen, a longtime crusader for public access to Montana's public lands and waters who died last October at age 89. Gov. Steve Bullock stood next to the river at Mallon's west of Wise River, a place Schoonen fought for years to establish as a public fishing access. He announced the reopening of the long-sought access for walk-in anglers, and said expanded access at the site was still being sought. Also, Bullock announced that the Notch Bottom Fishing Access on the lower Big Hole would be renamed the Tony Schoonen Fishing Access, and displayed a sign with Schoonen's name that will be posted there.

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