Know what you are asked to sign and educate your fellow Montanans!
I-160 proposes to eliminate trapping on public land in
Initiatives pertaining to hunting and trapping laws, by their very nature, politicize the state’s wildlife management policies. This is contrary to the North American Model of Wildlife Management that has made
Petition circulators are currently out aggressively pursuing signatures to qualify for the ballot. They mention what might sound politically popular, but do not discuss the potential costs associated with a trapping ban and its important place in wildlife management. Getting the full story is a part of the deliberative processes of our representative form of government. This is why the state legislature and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks hold public hearings when determining laws and regulations. No similar forum is allowed with regard to initiatives and this is one of the primary things that make them so dangerous.
It is up to NRA members to inform your friends, families, co-workers and fellow hunters about the folly of signing the I-160 ballot initiative! Your voice and efforts today will make a tremendous difference. Make no mistake, the anti-hunting radicals are watching. If I-160 succeeds, they will learn that the ballot process is the accepted method when it comes to circumventing the standard policy-making system and public processes that have stymied them through the years. They will instead resort to using deceptive 30-second sound bites to advance their radical agenda.
I-160 proponents need to be put on notice that