Regarding John Gibson's guest opinion, "Pressure to privatize wildlife conflicts with law, history," a few factual clarifications are in order.
1) There are no "Ranching for Wildlife" bills before the Montana legislature this session. Gibson could have readily verified this for himself by logging on to the Legislature's Web site: http://leg.mt.gov/css/default.asp.
2) Those who support, as we do, giving ranchers more control over the disposition of licenses to hunt on their land are not asking for the ability to "sell tags directly to clients." We are asking Fish, Wildlife and Parks to allow us to determine who, among duly licensed resident and nonresident hunters, we allow to hunt state-regulated game on our property. Undoubtedly, were we able to have more say rather than less as to who gets to hunt on our ranch, we would have more, not fewer, hunters.
3) The management of BLM and other public land is an entirely separate issue and shouldn't be used as a cudgel against ranchers individually or as a group.
Mary and Doug Stange