The welfare queens of wildlife have made their way into Montana, hiding behind sage grouse, a way to push their agenda of private hunting and fishing. The culprits, the fattest hogs at the government entitlement trough when it comes to wildlife groups with clever names like Big Game Forever and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife.
Big Game Forever director Ryan Benson has been touting sage grouse as the end of public hunting on public land. Ironic, because BGF and their close ally SFW have done more to end public hunting in their home state of Utah. Both groups have done this with private landowner tags and a giant auction in which both groups net millions in profit while the regular sportsman is cut out of hunting opportunity.
The real coup, the fact Benson has taken $4.6 million in sportsmen’s dollars over the past few years under the guise he’s defending hunting rights by fighting against wolves and sage grouse. Utah taxpayers and sportsmen have been duped by their own state government, while hunters see less and less opportunity yearly because of privatization schemes of that state’s public wildlife.
Now BGF has a staffer in Montana and is making the rounds to sporting shows, talking about sage grouse. What’s omitted is the fact that Gov. Steve Bullock’s sage grouse conservation plan just passed with bipartisan support, and we’re preparing real, on the ground conservation work to conserve this native bird.
Wake up Montanans, pay attention to these two groups, working to bring their private hunting schemes to our state.