Dan and Farris Wilks, the billionaire brothers from Texas who hit it big time when they sold their fracking company, are becoming the worst nightmare for Idaho elk hunters.
According to medium.com, the Wilks brothers recently purchased a huge chunk of land ranging close to 200,000 acres in southern Idaho’s Valley Country. Imagine your favorite elk hunting honey-hole suddenly closed because two rich guys bought the land and then closed it right in the peak of elk hunting season.
Needless to say, hunters are very angry with the Wilks brothers, but taking away public land and diminishing outdoor recreation would also be economically devastating to Valley County. In a report from Headwaters Economics, approximately 500,000 snowmobilers visit Valley County when there’s a good amount of snowfall. If the Wilks keep up this public land shopping spree, they could end up costing Valley County approximately $832,000 in sales, not to mention all the bull elk they’re now hording on their property.
For the regular Joe hunter, it’s rarely a good outcome when public land becomes private. Click here for more on how to keep these lands open to everyone.