At Montana Forum, Access to Politicians is the Goal

Access is what we’re all about. That’s why we wanted to partner with the folks at the Public Land and … Continued

Access is what we’re all about. That’s why we wanted to partner with the folks at the Public Land and Water Access Association and the Montana Bowhunters Association to help put together the Montana Sportsmen’s Candidate Forum, and everyone is invited to attend.

The event will be held next Wednesday, August 15, at Petro Hall, on the campus of MSU-Billings, from 5-8 p.m. Randy Newberg, host of On Your Own Adventures; Seth Rogers, with the Montana Bowhunters Association; and our own Andrew McKean will be on hand to make sure that the best questions regarding access, conservation and the future of wildlife management are brought forth.

You can submit your questions as well at www.mtcandidateforum.com.

We are live streaming the event, so if you can’t make it to Billings, you can still watch the event live. Just visit the website, and at the time of the event, we’ll have the stream up and running.

Access to our elected officials and those who want to represent us is just as important as our ability to carry a rod, bow or rifle. Access to those who make big decisions that affect how we access our public lands mean we get a seat at the table when those decisions are made. Access to politicians who oversee the programs necessary to keep hunters and anglers out in the wild doing what we love is vital to ensuring that our children, and their children, get to experience the wonderful world of hunting and fishing that we have today.

Without that access, we all lose.

Every state in the U.S. has a strong hunting tradition, and I’d love to see the sportsmen’s forum being staged in Montana replicated in other states. It’s right to require our elected officials to answer hard questions and earn our votes.