It’s pretty clear which side of the public access debate Sen. Steve Daines is on, and it’s not Montana hunters that he cares about. Daines recently jumped into the case of landowners and the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association.
Daines recently butted into the case of the Livingston forest ranger who was trying to increase public access to the Crazy Mountains for Montana hunters. The good senator wrote all the way to the top, going to the chief of the Forest Service and even the secretary of Agriculture and the Department of Justice to get the ranger removed and prevent government employees from giving pertinent information. It seems when a U.S. senator talks, people listen, and the ranger was “reassigned” to another position to take the pressure off his effort to increase trail access.
The next time Daines talks about being an advocate for public access, call out his lies. It’s pretty obvious that he’s for big moneyed interests who want to own our public lands, wildlife and water.