Educate your fellow Montanans! Paid signature gatherers are expected to be out in force on election day, Tuesday, June 8th. I-161 is a ballot initiative popularly known as the Kephart Initiative. It proposes to eliminate all outfitter-sponsored licenses currently available in
Initiatives pertaining to hunting 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
With regard to the specific provisions, Kephart’s I-161, through its significant fee increases, threatens to make the same monumental mistake made in
Kephart Initiative paid circulators are currently out aggressively pursuing signatures to qualify for the ballot. Reports suggest that they are being anything but honest when describing the measure to the Montanans they target. They mention what might sound politically popular but do not discuss the potential costs. 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.
For this reason, it is up to NRA members to inform your friends, families, co-workers and fellow hunters about the folly of signing Kephart’s I-161 ballot initiative! Your voice and efforts today will make a tremendous difference. Make no mistake about it, the anti-hunting radicals are watching. If I-161 succeeds, they will learn from Kephart’s methods and try to circumvent the standard policy-making system and public processes that have stymied them through the years and use deceptive 30-second sound bites to advance their radical agenda.