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The Montana Hunter Access Funding Initiative, also known as I-161 (Appendix B), appeared as a citizeninitiated state statute (developed by an individual from Billings, MT) on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot in Montana. It was approved by the voters 53.8 percent to 46.2 percent. I-161 was proposed to increase nonresident big game license fees and abolish outfitter-sponsored licenses. The initiative, which caused much controversy and debate, aims to reverse trends relating to the pay-to-play movement by nonresidents. It addresses concerns surrounding public hunting on private lands. The purpose of this project was three fold: 1.) to examine how landowners reacted to the passage of this bill, 2.) to see how ranchers use hunting as a management tool and source for supplemental income, and 3.) to look at the future of the outfitting industry in Montana.
wildlife management, private land hunting access, Montana outfitting and guide industry, public hunting on private land, hunting, FWP, Block Management, nature based tourism, recreation
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Tipton, Michael and Nickerson, Norma P., "Assessment of Hunter Access on Montana Private Lands" (2011). Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research Publications. 210.