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Montana: Right to Hunt and Fish Passed out of Senate

Friday, March 31, 2017

Montana: Right to Hunt and Fish Passed out of Senate

This week, the Montana Senate passed the Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Legislation, Senate Bill 236.  This important pro-hunting measure has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee and is scheduled for a hearing on Monday, April 3.  If enacted, Montana voters will be able to approve the amendment on the November 2018 General Election ballot.  Please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and urge them to support Senate Bill 236.

Senate Bill 236 would ensure that wildlife conservation and management decisions continue to be based on sound science in order to preserve Montana’s hunting heritage for generations to come and to protect it against future attacks from well-funded, anti-hunting organizations. 

Hunting, fishing, and trapping are not only cherished American traditions, but paired with science, are an integral part of wildlife management and conservation.  Last year alone, Montana received $18,441,964 of Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Funds thanks to excise taxes paid by Montana sportsmen and women on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment.  Pittman-Robertson funds fuel important conservation efforts such as the acquisition and improvement of wildlife habitat, wildlife species introduction, wildlife research, public access programs, and hunter education programs.  Furthermore, sportsmen and women are an essential part of the Montana economy.  According to the latest data, they spend more than $983 million annually and support 16,515 jobs

Again, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and urge them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 236 when it comes up for a vote.

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