Conservation Director Report 
November 2016

Rick Friedrich
11503 Hawk Hill
Boonville, MO 65233
friedrichr@missouri.edu

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Way to go Montana and a big Thank you to all the states that help in this battle This is and was a big victory for trappers everywhere .

Montana’s Initiative 177 was soundly rejected by voters in the Gem State on the Nov. 8 ballot. The initiative would have banned trapping on all public lands, including city and county parks, municipal golf courses and more. While the final tally is still being determined, a vast majority of precincts have already reported and sportsmen are winning by a wide margin, 63%- 36%.

The Montana effort to defeat I-177. The group, called Montanan’s for Wildlife and Public Lands Access (MWPLA), was made up of the Sportsmen’s Alliance, Montana Trappers Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Big Game Forever, Montana Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association, the Montana Bowhunters Association, the Montana Shooting Sports Association and the Montana State Houndsmen Association, along with dozens of other wildlife, conservation and agricultural groups from across the country.

I will be attending the thirteenth Annual National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) Sportsman-Legislator Summit is the largest event of its kind. The Summit brings together pro-sportsmen legislators, state and federal natural resource agencies, allied non-governmental organizations, and outdoor industry leaders from across the nation to address important conservation issues. While session topics are currently being finalized, this year’s Summit theme is “Access: The Key to Advancing Our Sporting Traditions.” This will be held in Biloxi Mississippi November 30 to December 3, 2016.

Rick Friedrich
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