Stand and be Counted

This Saturday presents conservationists with an unique opportunity. 

Congressman Dennis Rehberg has announced that he will be in Choteau Montana, at the High School Auditorium, to listen to what Montanan's feel about the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act.

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Sportsmen Descend on DC to Save Bristol Bay

*This is a special guest blog by Trout Unlimited. The guys and gals of TU are doing the Lord's work in trying to stop the destructive Pebble Mine from ruining one of the best cold water fisheries on the planet. We're happy to give them some love and post this up!

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Meateater

Steve Rinella, host of the TV show Meateater, is working with our pals over at The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership to produce Field Notes.

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For Mark

It’s a call that no one wants to receive, or wants to make. A friend has passed. Hell, he was more than a friend, he was a hero to me, and thousands of other hunters and anglers in Wyoming and across this nation.

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Get in the Arena

Apparently, folks in DC and in state feel like there’s too much access for public land, hunters and anglers. Or perhaps they feel like public lands, like public hunting and fishing, is socialism, and should be doled out to the highest bidder. Representative Paul Ryan, the powerful chairman of the House Committee on the Budget, just pushed through a budget that refused to tackle over $40 billion in subsidies to the oil and gas industry, which continue to yield record profits. Now, we’re not against profits, or oil and gas development, but maybe we could get an amendment into the Ryan budget that would call for drug testing on all subsidy recipients, just like some folks want welfare recipients to submit to drug testing in order to buy food or keep a roof over their head. After all, what’s good for the goose should be good for the gander, right? 

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Bird Habitat tied to Access, now that just makes sense!

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced two programs for landowners in 19 counties aimed at increasing public hunting access and enhancing the quality of upland game bird habitat.

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As Ice Cube says, “It was a good day.”

Every once in a while things come together in just the right way and my faith is renewed in Congress. Passage of the transportation bill out of the US Senate yesterday, was one of those rare bipartisan times where Senators from both sides of the aisle came together and agreed on what’s important for this great country of ours. The transportation bill passed 74-22 with both Montana Senators voting for the measure, joining 22 republicans and all democrats. It doesn’t get much more bi-partisan than that.

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A cow pie by any other name...

Did you see this?Congressman Denny Rehberg issued a press release the other day that called the Montana Wildlife Federation, their over 7,000 members and 24 affiliated Rod and Gun Clubs “pretend hunters.”

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Road Warriors

If you live in the Helena area or follow the Montana Wildlife Federation on Facebook, you’ve been seeing some advertisements about H.R. 1581, the Wilderness and Roadless Release Act. This bill would strip protections from roughly 5.3 million acres of critical wildlife habitat in Montana, and over 60 million acres nationwide.

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Toothy Critters

This commentary ran on Montana Public Radio on February 23rd. It was recorded by Ben Lamb, Conservation Director for MWF: 

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Make a little noise!

What does an early spring present look like? It looks like Congressman Steven LaTourette (R-OH). He’s just offered an amendment to fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund for $600 million per year, for five years. 

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Marred by Dust and Sweat and Blood

By Randy Newberg

A recent rant submitted by Gary Marbut of Montana Shooting Sports Association is so void of fact that it requires rebuttal. If left unchallenged, stories can be accepted as the truth, so I provide some facts to balance his attack on common sense.

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The Wolf You Feed

We’re coming up on the end of Wolf season. It’s the second time in history that there was a regulated wolf hunt in the lower 48 United States. The first being in 2009, before the Simpson/Tester delisting rider passed congress.

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Parting SHOT

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade or SHOT Show in Las Vegas put on by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The SHOT Show is arguably the largest gun show in the world, but it’s not just guns, anything that has to do with hunting. Blinds, camo, ammunition, binoculars, boots, backpacks and lingerie…what?Yes, there is even camo night wear. And it doesn’t stop. There is a whole tactical side with bullet proof vests, purses for concealed carry, and grenade launchers. To say that I was a kid in a candy store would be a gross understatement.Throughout the show I often found myself caught up in all the hoopla that is the SHOT Show, bewildered at the sheer size of the event, and salivating at the hundreds of millions in merchandise. At one point I found myself caught staring at the Parazzi booth, coveting gorgeous Italian-made shotguns, for a price tag of $35,000. Those guns will never have the pleasure of accompanying me to the field, but I can still admire their beauty. The show covers three floors in the gigantic Sands Expo, an expanse that I couldn’t even come close to completely covering. Take the biggest sports show that you have ever been to and multiply by fifty.

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Hunting Camp Muley

By Chris Clasby

It was still midmorning and well beyond first shooting light when we reached a dead end on the two-track and turned around to descend the quarter-mile back downhill to the main logging road. The first hour of light was spent near a shaded snarl of fallen trees where we hoped to find elk feeding on the witches' hair on downed trees or in one of the clearings within view. Neither happened, so we had traversed up the logging road a mile or so until discovering the two-track, which appeared to be the timber company's most recent foray into uncut country.

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Kicking Ass and Taking Game

2011 is in the books. What a wild ride it was. We began the year screaming about wolves, and that quickly led to the ugliest Legislative session in recent history, when it comes to wildlife and conservation issues. Congress, in an attempt to mirror the 62nd legislature, followed suit with a host of poorly crafted and outright hostile bills that would remove existing protections for elk, sheep and many other species, while handing control of our public lands over to one Federal Agency, because, apparently, there’s abunch of potheads crossing over into Glacier (world renowned for it’s dope and ease of foot navigation, right?).

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