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Thursday, February 9, 2017

A New Voice for Montana Sportsmen and Women

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) and leaders in the Montana legislature to help re-create the first Montana Sportsmen’s Caucus, which was disbanded a decade ago. The goal of the group is to bring legislative leaders together to learn about issues important to sportsmen and women, work together in a bipartisan manner to address those issues and send a message to the rest of the nation that hunting, fishing and trapping are core values and a way of life in Montana.

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.

 Mark Lambrecht, (RMEF director of government affairs), Caucus co-chair and RMEF member/volunteer
Sen. Jill Cohenour (D-E. Helena). presiding officer Rep. Matt Regier (R-Kalispell),
Zach Widner (CSF) and co-chair Sen. Jedediah Hinkle, (R-Belgrade)
(left to right)
Not pictured is co-chair Rep. Zach Brown (D-Bozeman)

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