Favorable spring weather conditions lead to good upland bird numbers for the fall

Just the thought of wings exploding into flight across the prairie or through the pine forests is enough to get the average upland game bird hunter’s heart racing.

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Just the thought of wings exploding into flight across the prairie or through the pine forests is enough to get the average upland game bird hunter’s heart racing.

Sage grouse hunting open again in Montana for month of September

Expanded opportunities for sage grouse hunting will be offered this year in Montana as bird populations have rebounded well after two years of favorable spring weather conditions.

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Expanded opportunities for sage grouse hunting will be offered this year in Montana as bird populations have rebounded well after two years of favorable spring weather conditions.

Keep it clean – game handling tips

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds hunters that simple, common sense precautions are part of the safe and proper field dressing of big game.

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds hunters that simple, common sense precautions are part of the safe and proper field dressing of big game.

MSSA endorses Gianforte for Governor

NEWS RELEASE GUN OWNERS ENDORSE GIANFORTE FOR GOVERNOR (for immediate release, July 26, 2016) MISSOULA – The Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA), the primary political advocate for gun owners in Montana, today announced its endorsement of Greg Gianforte, candidate for Governor of Montana. MSSA President Gary Marbut said, “Gianforte is clearly the best candidate to […]

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NEWS RELEASE

GUN OWNERS ENDORSE GIANFORTE FOR GOVERNOR

(for immediate release, July 26, 2016)

MISSOULA – The Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA), the primary political advocate for gun owners in Montana, today announced its endorsement of Greg Gianforte, candidate for Governor of Montana.

MSSA President Gary Marbut said, “Gianforte is clearly the best candidate to occupy the Governor’s Office for the next four years. Greg would sign the pro-gun bills that current Governor Bullock has vetoed, which MSSA and Montana gun owners worked so hard to get through the past two sessions of the Montana Legislature. Montana gun owners have been stonewalled long enough by an incumbent governor who doesn’t truly believe in the Right to Keep and Bear Arms as an unalienable human right that the people have reserved to themselves from government interference.”

MSSA has now gotten 67 pro-gun and pro-hunting bills passed and enacted, including putting the right to hunt and fish into the Montana Constitution, Montana’s current concealed weapon permit law, and many others. (Partial list at: http://www.mtssa.org/?page_id=2)

“Gianforte is an active hunter, a committed gun owner, and an active shooter,” Marbut continued. “He is genuine and exactly the kind of guy Montana needs to occupy the Governor’s Office in Helena.”

MSSA evaluates candidates based on political history and returned candidate questionnaires. Neither Democrat Steve Bullock nor Libertarian Ted Dunlap returned MSSA’s 2016 Governor’s Candidate Questionnaire. The Questionnaire was sent to the email address the candidates provided when they filed for office. Republican Gianforte completed and returned the Questionnaire, and Bullock has a political history upon which to base an evaluation. Bullock’s history includes his vetoes of multiple pro-gun bills passed by the Legislature at the request of MSSA and Montana gun owners.

MSSA has an assertive legislative agenda planned for the 2017 session of the Legislature, as expressed in MSSA’s 2016 Legislative Candidate Questionnaire.

(See: http://progunleaders.org/cq2016/MSSA%202016%20Legis%20CQ.html)

Marbut commented, “The proposed bills referenced in this Questionnaire will advance the rights of Montana gun owners, and improve public policy. Getting such bills enacted into law will depend on having a sympathetic governor, since Governor Bullock has already vetoed several of them at least once.”

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Information: Gary Marbut, 406-549-1252


Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association
Author, Gun Laws of Montana

Elisa is on the road

Dear MSSA Friends, Elisa is now on the road for her two-month MSSA member recruitment tour of Montana.  When she is in your area, it would be great if you could invite her to a gathering of your gunny friends – a coffee, a lunch, or whatever. Elisa will post her general travel schedule at mtssa.org so […]

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Dear MSSA Friends,
Elisa is now on the road for her two-month MSSA member recruitment tour of Montana.  When she is in your area, it would be great if you could invite her to a gathering of your gunny friends – a coffee, a lunch, or whatever.
Elisa will post her general travel schedule at mtssa.org so you can learn when she will be in your area.  See:
If you can put a gathering together, shoot Elisa an email at elisa@mtssa.org to coordinate time and place with her.
Best wishes,

--   Gary Marbut, president  Montana Shooting Sports Association  http://www.mtssa.org  Author, Gun Laws of Montana  http://www.mtpublish.com

Mountain lion special license applications available now

Applications for a special limited-entry mountain lion license drawing are available from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

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Applications for a special limited-entry mountain lion license drawing are available from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Fall turkey, sandhill crane applications available

Permit applications for hunters planning to pursue wild turkeys or sandhill cranes in parts of Montana this fall are available from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

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Permit applications for hunters planning to pursue wild turkeys or sandhill cranes in parts of Montana this fall are available from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Drawing dates for July and August

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks drew the deer and elk B licenses for the 2016/2017 season on July 18. Hunters can check their drawing status on MyFWP.

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks drew the deer and elk B licenses for the 2016/2017 season on July 18. Hunters can check their drawing status on MyFWP.

MTSFW contribution assists elk management, hunter access

MISSOULA – The Montana Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife (MTSFW) announced a $15,000 donation last week to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) from their organization-in support of the upcoming 2016/2017 Elk Shoulder Season Program.

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MISSOULA – The Montana Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife (MTSFW) announced a $15,000 donation last week to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) from their organization-in support of the upcoming 2016/2017 Elk Shoulder Season Program.

2016/2017 Shoulder seasons just around the corner

It might seem like hunting season is still months away, but with shoulder seasons antlerless elk hunters will have opportunities to fill their tags beginning Aug. 15 in some hunting districts.

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It might seem like hunting season is still months away, but with shoulder seasons antlerless elk hunters will have opportunities to fill their tags beginning Aug. 15 in some hunting districts.