The group held its first meeting in February in Montana’s state capitol in Helena. With approximately 60 lawmakers in attendance, the caucus elected leaders and adopted bylaws. Several legislators also talked about a variety of bills they plan to bring to the caucus for consideration including a Constitutional amendment to protect the rights of Montanans to hunt, fish and trap. Other potential bills include accessing federal funds to combat noxious weeds on public lands, public access proposals and legislation to combat aquatic invasive species.
In addition to the RMEF, other groups with representatives in attendance were Ducks Unlimited, the Wild Sheep Foundation, Montana Wildlife Federation, Montana Outfitters and Guides Association, and the Montana Association of Land Trusts.
RMEF is a member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation which provides information and guidance to state sportsmen’s caucuses and administers the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses.