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Zinke’s rhetoric can’t camouflage his record on public lands


HELENA - As Montana hunters head into the mountains and prairies, Congressman Ryan Zinke’s record is an easy target.

In addition to taking numerous votes to restrict hunting access for Montanans, Congressman Zinke signed a pledge promising to transfer public lands to the state - a pledge he has never been forced to explain.

Zinke’s actions lie in stark contrast to Denise Juneau who today signed a pledge with Montana sportsmen and women vowing to protect Montana’s prime hunting spots.

“Congressman Zinke can’t camouflage his abysmal record on public lands and hunting access,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “Montanans can spot a decoy from a mile away, and Zinke is nothing more than a bunch of hollow rhetoric when it comes to standing up for our hunting heritage.” 

  • The Congressman voted to cut public access funding for the immensely popular Habitat Montana program which helps conserve prime hunting habitat all across the state.
  • He also voted to cut $128 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) which has invested millions of dollars in Montana to open up access to hunting and fishing spots. 
  • He repeatedly called for reform of the LWCF during his first Congressional debate with Denise Juneau. 
  • Congressman Zinke voted to give out-of-staters additional hunting licenses crowding out Montanans and commercializing hunting season. 

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