sdkidaho Posted December 4, 2009 Share Posted December 4, 2009 Copied from another forum but this is a worthwhile cause. Basically a few rich people have figured out how to keep waterfowlers from legally hunting near them. They put out feeders on public ground, so now those areas are considered to be baited and no one can hunt here. Huey Lewis, I'm sure you've heard of him, he's one of the rich boys pulling this crap. Please read on: Hi boys, we've got a problem going on that I know all of you are all too familiar with. It involves, Mitchell Slough, a stream in the Bitterroot Valley that is being controlled by landowners who are attempting to shut the public out of the public resource. There is a hearing set for Dec. 9th in Hamilton, MT regarding the issue. Several landowners are petitioning the state to shut down hunting on the slough. Hunting on the slough can be done safely and effectively, however, adjacent landowners (including Huey Lewis and Charles Schwab) are attempting to maintain their personal hunting preserves at the expense of public access to a public resource. I drafted an online petition to start collecting signatures in support of public access of the slough. Please sign the petition if you support public access to this public resource and please pass this on to anyone you know who shares your feelings. This issue is bigger than just duck hunting on a small slough in the Bitterroot Valley; this issue is about the law-abiding public being shut-out from a public resource and it will be precedent setting and will have future repercussions. Here is the link to the petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/MTAccess/petition.html You can head to the MT forum if you want to read more about the issue. Thanks guys, Ben In the latest twist in the saga of Mitchell Slough, several Bitterroot Valley landowners have effectively closed the area to duck hunting by installing feeding stations along the waterway. "I'm feeding ducks all over my place - many of us neighbors are," said Huey Lewis, rock musician and ranch owner along the Mitchell. "The reason is, the (Montana) Supreme Court decision has changed everything here, and now we have public access. And most of us believe the Mitchell is unsuitable for duck hunting." Nevertheless, the move came as a surprise to Missoula duck hunter Ron Pence, who was wading up the slough between Victor and Stevensville on Tuesday and saw Lewis' feeders. "It's attracted every duck in the area," Pence said. "Legally, if I know where a bait pile is, I can't hunt around there or I'll get cited. Now you'd have to do an aerial survey before you can ever hunt around there again." Story found here from the Missoulian: http://tinyurl.com/yl6ygrk Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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