Posted: Oct 12, 2010 9:55 AM by KPAX Media Center
Updated: Oct 12, 2010 12:15 PM
MISSOULA - The proposed ballot initiative that would do away with outfitter-sponsored non-resident hunting licenses will be the topic of a discussion hosted by the Missoula County Democrats on Tuesday evening.
The language of I-161 calls for abolishes "outfitter-sponsored nonresident big game and deer combination licenses, replacing the 5,500 outfitter-sponsored big game licenses with 5,500 additional general nonresident big game licenses".
The backers of the proposal say it would also boost state revenue by "$700,000 annually for hunting access and an estimated $1.5 million annually for habitat preservation and restoration," according to the I 161 language which will appear on the November 2nd ballot.
The panel discussion will feature both proponents and opponents of the issued and will begin at 7:30 on Tuesday evening in the Missoula City Council Chambers. The panel will be preceded by a brief business meeting and an appearance by Democratic Congressional candidate Dennis McDonald.
A representative of the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association will present in opposition to the initiative while a proponent of the initiative will also be present to speak in support of the initiative. Questions from the audience will also be entertained.