BY LAURA LUNDQUISTAPRIL 15, 2021
Trappers are backing a bill to ask voters to approve a Constitutional amendment to make trapping a right. But the bill also extends that right to hunting and fishing to increase the likelihood it would pass.
This week, Rep. Paul Fielder, R-Thompson Falls, told the Senate Fish and Game committee that the reason he wanted House Bill 367 to pass is to prevent wildlife advocacy groups from backing any more state ballot initiatives to ban trapping on public lands.
Groups such as Footloose Montana and Trap Free Montana Public Landshave tried four times to putinitiatives on the Montana ballot between 2010 and 2016.The first three attempts didn’t make it onto the ballot and the last onefailed to pass, but Fiedler said trappers paid a half-million dollars to oppose the initiatives.
“I’d like to have…
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