Sporting Coalition Opposition to HB 161

Bill Would Eliminate Consideration of Sportsmen and Sportswomen’s Voices in Management Decisions

The Montana Sporting Coalition is made up of more than a dozen hunting and angling organizations, collectively representing tens of thousands of Montanans. We come from all walks of life and every corner of the state.

We share a deep commitment to our sporting heritage, the habitat that provides our opportunity and to Montana’s fish and wildlife. Perhaps most importantly, our coalition values our constitutional right to work with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) through public comment and our ability to present our positions, opinions and biological take on specific issues related to fish & wildlife management.

With that in mind, the Coalition strongly opposes HB 161. Montanans deserve to be honestly heard and respected. As a Montanan who cherishes our wildlife, state parks and just as importantly, your ability to exercise your constitutional right to have your input matter in decisions made by your government, we ask you to please oppose HB 161.