Montana Voters Strike Down Outfitter Licenses
By a margin of 53.8% to 46.2% Montana voters approved I-161, which both raises non-resident licenses fees and eliminates outfitter sponsored licenses. We posted an entry about I-161 here.
The net result is that in 2011, the 5500 outfitter-sponsored licenses will now become a part of the general lottery system.
On KULR8.com, Montana Outfitters Executive Director Mac Minard stated:
... [I-161] would ultimately hurt Montana's economy. "Montana has spoken," he said. "We believe that the results is not going to be good for tourism and small business in Montana, primarily small business in rural Montana."