PROTECTING OUR HUNTING AND HARVEST HERITAGE
On the heels of the defeat of I-177 (the 2016 anti-trapping initiative), and in light of the growing vegan/anti-hunting movement in America, I asked Montana sportsmen if they would like to work toward a Constitutional Amendment to protect hunting, fishing, and trapping in Montana once and for all. The answer was a resounding YES!
After several weeks of intensive work, we agreed to propose the language of SB 236 in 2017. SB 236 can be easily read at: http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2017/billpdf/LC2314.pdf
UPDATE (April 2017) - UNFORTUNATELY GOVERNOR BULLOCK'S ADMINISTRATION TEAMED UP WITH ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS, AND www.GreenDecoys.com to KILL the Right to Hunt Bill. EVERY SINGLE MONTANA DEMOCRAT SENATOR VOTED AGAINST YOUR RIGHT TO HUNT!
THE GOALS OF SB 236 WERE SIMPLE:
That is what the bill proposed. If the legislature passed SB 236, the issue would have been placed on the General Election ballot for voter approval in November 2018.
Some critics say we don’t need this change, but the actions of the animal rights movement and the cost to sportsmen to battle against their relentless campaigns clearly demonstrate otherwise. Since 2010, 10 States have enacted very strong Constitutional protections of the Right to Hunt, Fish and Trap. If the sports men and women of Montana banded together in support of SB236, we could have enacted strong protections in our State too. Unfortunatley the Monatan Democrats decided to put partisan politics first and they KILLED the right to hunt bill.
I encouraged each Montana sportsman and sportswoman to read the bill for themselves and offerd to accet input if there were any changes needed to improve the bill. As a fellow hunter and angler, I remain open to working with any and all sportsmen who share the goal of strengthening and preserving our blessed outdoor harvest heritage while also maintaining proper protection of land based livlihoods and private property rights.
Jennifer Fielder, Chair - Montana Senate Fish and Game Committee