MTAAA... Poor choice in "sportmens" groups
Montana Wildlife Federation... isn't a real organization. It is two individuals who claim to speak for the "sportsmen"
Anaconda Sportsman Club... Never heard of them
Wolves of the Rockies... Is a Facebook page who claims to be a group. He is against all wolf hunting in the US. Marc Crook has "likes" not members
Montana Audubon... A group that works with Footloose Montana
A Butte Sportsman... A single sportsman from Butte, really?
CJ you are just as delusional as the rest of the Trap Free Montana members. How can one be fired from FWP when they have never worked for FWP? After college I began working for an engineering company where I am still employed, taking a military leave of absence to do two Iraq deployments with the Marines. Let me guess this is another lie TFMPL is spreading and another one you believe.
Trap Free, who is "we"... Footloose Montana and yourselves? Footloose Montana still denies on social media and through emails that you two are even associated with each other yet you are their ballot committee. Why do you need to continue to lie to the public, no need for it, you already failed to gain their support through signatures. Your new executive director makes it very clear you are no longer "just about trapping" but anti hunting and predator control as well. 9,000 signatures in 4 months is not a thing to be proud of. If any of the initiatives were worth signing in 2014 Montanans would have been lining up to sign them. The truth is you found the minority that support your cause to remove all consumptive users from public lands and the remaining were the older women and women with children you targeted with your lies. You keep referring to the trappers as the "minority" yet with the support of the sportsmen, farmers, and ranchers we become the majority. This is one battle we will not lose. It has been proven in other states by your like minded individuals and your out of state financial backing, once you remove one group you move on to the next.
“As Jason Maxwell pointed out, the language of the Constitution is quite specific: "wild fish and wild game animals." It specifically does not include "fur-bearing animals."”
Under Montana Code Annotated and the FWP Regulations: Furbearers are protected GAME SPECIES that may only be taken by residents with a valid trapping license during prescribed open seasons. State classified furbearers include beaver, otter, muskrat, mink, marten, fisher, wolverine, bobcat, lynx, and swift fox.
(Your argument in invalid)
“If we could add the phrase "no wild animal, or part of any wild animal, can be sold, bartered or traded for personal gain"”
Elk ivories, antler carvings and chandeliers, elk and deer hide gloves, boots, and belts, etc… Now you are going after every sportsmen in the state.
“I am a hunter. I am completely against trapping - it totally dismisses the ethics of fair chase, know your target and clean kill. All of these are sacred tenets of a true hunter”
The same animal rights activists going after trapping say hunting is no longer fair chase. The ability to shoot an animal at over 100 yards is no longer “fair chase” to them. If you also believe all shots are clean kills you are not a “true” hunter. This is why the definition of hunt also includes to “wound”.
FWP regulations state: - hunt game animals or upland game birds, migratory birds or furbearers as defined in Montana law (“Hunt” means to “pursue, shoot, wound, kill, chase, lure, possess or CAPTURE.”) Because you cannot “hunt” furebearing animals with a rifle/gun the definition of hunt includes capture, capture is trapping.
Next time, post comments based off of facts supported by MTFWP and our Montana Code Annotated. Facts are a lot harder to disprove than emotional rants.
Montana’s Constitution under Article 7 Section IV Reads:
“Preservation of Harvest Heritage. The opportunity to harvest wild fish and wild game animals is a heritage that shall forever be preserved to the individual citizens of the state and does not create a right to trespass on private property or diminution of other private rights.”
This is a protection for the people of Montana on their right to harvest. Harvest appears 51 times in the furbearing regulations, 43 times in the fishing regulations, and 17 times in the deer, elk, and antelope regulations.
“Over 50” is a small exaggeration. In 2012-13 MFWP reported 50 dogs caught and 26 of those were at large. Another 4 were with owners trespassing on private land. According MFWP 2013-14 reports that number dropped nearly in half to 26. With MFWP estimated 50,000 traps you have a .05% chance of your pet being caught in a trap. It is your own fear and the misinformed information from the anti-trappers that is keeping you off of public lands. “Montana has a proud history of sharing public lands”, but your animal rights activist group wants to destroy that history based off of fear and misdirected lies.
Hunting and fishing are protected under our constitution, but not how we hunt and fish or what species may be taken. A similar initiative in California and Maine was funded by the same outside organization that is funding this animal rights activist initiative. Now, California is in a ban to eliminate all bobcat hunting, the hunting of all species if taken for commercial gain, end of use of hunting dogs, and all hunting competitions whether for financial gain or not. Maine is in a fight to save its bear hunting this year.
This animal rights activist initiative is being funded by out of state organizations to end all consumptive use. This initiative is based solely off of emotion while avoiding biology and scientific research and facts. All wildlife management needs to be based on sound science, not on public opinion. Decisions that directly affect the management of wildlife and wildlife habitat are too important to be made at the ballot box; they need to be based on sound science not emotion.
Science has shown again and again that the use of traps is a viable, safe, and necessary means of managing certain wildlife.
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