I’d like to start by saying that I am not a trapper. I have never trapped, and I don’t necessarily believe that I will start. However, the more I learned about trapping and the charge against it led by out-of-state groups I’ve never heard of, the more compelled I felt to speak up.
I am a lifelong hunter and angler, and over the years as I honed my skills in those areas, I have come to understand how valuable trapping is to maintaining balance and managing wildlife.
It’s an incredibly unsettling thought to imagine Montana without trapping. These decisions directly affect the management of wildlife and wildlife habitat. The simple truth is that they are decisions that are too important to be made at the ballot box; they need to be made based on sound, solid, science, not on emotion.
Trapping is an important part of our heritage and tradition here in Montana. I know that I want my children to have the same opportunities to hunt and fish as I have had, and allowing the practice of trapping will help to ensure those opportunities.