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
THE GOALS OF SB 236 ARE SIMPLE:
That is what the bill does. If the legislature passes SB 236, the issue will be 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 band together in support of SB236, we can enact strong protections in our State too. Please don’t let partisan politics divide us. We need to work together!
I encourage each Montana sportsman and sportswoman to read the bill for themselves. If there are any changes needed to improve the bill, it is not too late to bring ideas to the table. 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.
Jennifer Fielder, Chair - Montana Senate Fish and Game Committee