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Montana: House Committee Approves “Families Afield” Bill and Sends to House Floor for Final Vote

Friday, March 22, 2013

Contact your state Representative today and encourage support for this pro-hunting reform!

Yesterday, the House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee approved Senate Bill 197 by a narrow 11 to 10 vote.  This pro-hunting measure, sponsored by state Senator Scott Boulanger (R-44), passed on third reading in the state Senate by a bipartisan 30 to 15 vote last month.  SB 197 makes important improvements to Montana’s hunting laws to allow new hunters to go afield with an experienced mentor, prior to the completion of a hunter education course.  SB 197 needs your help to pass in the House and get to Governor Steve Bullock (D) to be signed into law.  Contact your state Representative TODAY and ask him or her to support this pro-hunting reform bill.

SB 197 would allow any person nine years of age of older to obtain an apprentice hunting certificate so that they could learn firearm safety afield with a properly qualified mentor - even if they have not yet completed a hunter safety course.  An apprentice hunter would be required to remain under direct supervision of an experienced mentor at all times while afield.

With the number of hunters decreasing annually, SB 197 would remove legal barriers and allow upcoming hunters to discover a love for this valuable American heritage.  Firearm training and hunting inspire responsibility, maturity and a greater appreciation of the environment.

Your action will make the difference!  Contact your state Representative today and encourage him or her to support Senate Bill 197.  Contact information for your state legislators can be found by clicking here.


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