Montana startup ‘LandTrust’ becoming the Airbnb of outdoor recreation – Montana Senate committee tables 3 of 4 bills aimed at reducing nonresident hunters
Kimmell is one of several hundred property owners in Montana part of the new online platform, LandTrust. That means people are paying to play here, and they’re coming from all across the U.S., including Pennsylvania, Idaho and Michigan.
This working cattle ranch just outside Roundup now has another stream of income thanks to LandTrust, a Montana-based startup company that’s like the Airbnb for outdoor recreation, connecting the public to private opportunities such as archery hunts.
“We’ve got all kinds of white tale mule deer, elk, upland games, prairie dogs, lots of bald eagles,” said Carl Kimmel, owner of Kimmel Ranch.
“We share with nonresidents, but we’re overrun,” Rod Bullis, of Hellgate Hunters and Anglers, testified at a Senate Fish and Game Committee hearing on Tuesday.
For proof, resident hunters have pointed to the statistic that between 2012 and 2022, nonresident hunter numbers increased by 80% as resident hunter numbers fell by 7%.