Buzz Hettick scans federal Bureau of Land Management land near his home in Laramie, Wyo., scouting for an upcoming hunt. He worries the proposed transfer of federal lands to the states would jeopardize the public's access to these lands. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Push To Transfer Federal Lands To States Has Sportsmen On Edge

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Bureau of Land Management Ranger Shane Nalen stands on public land that he patrols outside of Las Vegas, Nev. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Federal Officers Face Hostility Amid Tension Over Control Of Federal Lands

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A truck displaying a bumper sticker at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters on Jan. 5 near Burns, Ore. Armed anti-federalists took over the wildlife refuge in Oregon for 41 days. The occupation ended on Feb. 11. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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Utah Sheriffs Threaten To Arrest Rangers If They Try To Close Public Lands

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Many Western ranchers don't own much land themselves and rely on vast tracts of federal land for grazing. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Even With Bundy Behind Bars, 'Range War' Lives On For Some Ranchers

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Cliven Bundy stands along the road near his ranch after speaking with media in Bunkerville, Nev., on Jan. 27. His sons led the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, and he was arrested Wednesday on charges stemming from a 2014 standoff with federal agents. John Locher/AP hide caption

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Cliven Bundy's Arrest Caps Years Of Calls For Government To Take Action

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People gather as Ammon Bundy speaks with reporters during a news conference at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters on Monday near Burns, Ore. Bundy's occupation of the federal land started on Saturday. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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Oregon Occupation Sheds Light On Local Frustrations, But Divides Residents

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The Drakes Bay Oyster Farm caters to local residents and restaurants. But unless its lease is renewed, its days are numbered. Richard Gonzales/NPR hide caption

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Fight Over Calif. Oyster Company Splits Chefs And Land Defenders

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