Sportsmen Call on Montana Legislature
to Restore Vital Funding
April 2, 2015, MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Montana Wild Sheep Foundation, Ducks Unlimited and other Montana hunters and anglers call on the Montana Legislature to restore the spending authority of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP).
“This does not make sense,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “In essence, the Legislature is both jeopardizing crucial access and habitat funding while also turning its collective back on Montana’s sportsmen who have long fought for better access to public lands and improved wildlife conservation and management. It is sportsmen and women who funded these programs for the betterment of wildlife in the state.”
At issue are the cuts to some of Montana’s most productive and heavily-supported wildlife programs. On March 25, 2015, the House Appropriations Committee removed FWP’s spending authority for the following programs from HB 403, and the Montana House subsequently passed the measure:
“The Habitat Montana program is critical because it protects crucial habitat including elk, deer and sheep winter range and migration corridors. It also expands and improves wildlife management areas,” said Allen. Read more...
- Eliminated the Habitat Montana program appropriation of $10,668,000
- Eliminated the Upland Game Bird program appropriation of $849,000
- Eliminated the Big Horn Sheep Habitat program appropriation of $460,000
- Eliminated the Fishing Access Site program appropriation of $345,000
- Reduced the state special revenue appropriation for the Migratory Bird Program by $210,000 and restricted the use of the balance to prevent land acquisition
Annual Fundraiser - March 6-7, 2015
was a success!
This year’s fundraiser included our typical youth events, hunting seminars, custom rifle raffle, sheep camp raffle, incredible auction items and great conversation with fellow sheep hunting fanatics!
New this year - In order to set the stage for a night of “Putting and Keeping Sheep on the Mountain,” we asked members to bring in wild sheep mounts and taxidermy to display. For everyone that brought their wild sheep taxidermy to display, they were entered into an additional drawing for a hunting rifle!
Another new addition to our banquet was the Life Member raffle. All Life Members in attendance (must be present to win) were entered into a separate raffle!
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Lobbying against a hobby: Disease keeps bighorn sheep at the edge
January 18, 2014, TOWNSEND, MT - It pains biologist Tom Carlsen to remember the time he found people squatting on a secluded property in the Elkhorn Mountains in 2008.
The squatters didn't bother Carlsen so much; it was their menagerie. Somehow, they managed to cart around 80 goats, a dozen sheep, a few cattle and llamas.
“They would raise their goats in the trailer where they lived. They didn't have any fencing, and these animals ended up roaming across the landscape up to 10 miles away,” Carlsen said. “We contacted the Department of Livestock and the Bureau of Land Management, but there was very little done.” Read more...
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