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Legislature looks at bill to allow nontribal hunting on tribal land


Last updated 2/10/2021 at 11:39am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Clouds hang on the top of Mount Baldy on Rocky Boy's indian Reservation in June. A bill being debated in the Legislature would require reservations to allow non-tribal members to hunt on the reservations.

The Montana Legislature's Fish, Wildlife and Parks House Committee during a hearing Tuesday had a lengthy, contentious look at a bill that proposes allowing hunting by nontribal members in the exterior areas of Montana reservations regardless of tribal regulations.

The bill says the Fish and Wildlife Commission may not prohibit hunting on fee lands owned by a nontribal member with the exterior boundaries of an Indian reservation.

The bill, House Bill 241, is sponsored by Rep. Joe Read, R-Ronan. who described it as a effort to ensure the maintenance of land owners' private property rights....

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