Montana Revise Outfitter and Hunting Licensing, I-136 (1998)

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The Montana Revise Outfitter and Hunting Licensing Initiative, also known as I-136, was on the November 3, 1998 ballot in Montana as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have eliminated the requirement that nonresident hunters use an outfitter to obtain certain hunting licenses.[1][2]

Election results

Montana I-136 (1998)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No180,28056.04%
Yes 141,425 43.96%

Election results via: Montana Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:[3]

State law reserves approximately 7,800 outfitter-sponsored licenses for out-of-state hunters each year: 5,500 licenses entitle the nonresidents to fish and to hunt birds, deer and elk, while the remaining 2,300 exclude the elk tag. Nonresident hunters are guaranteed this license if they agree to purchase it at market rate and use the services of a Montana-licensed outfitter. This initiative would eliminate the requirement that the nonresident use an outfitter to obtain these licenses. However, these licenses would still be set at the market rate. This initiative would not affect other resident or nonresident hunting and fishing licenses. The fiscal impacts are difficult to project. Increasing the group of nonresident hunters eligible for the guaranteed license will increase demand, forcing an increase in price to stay within the statutory quotas. Eliminating the "outfitter set-aside" will have a negative impact on the outfitting business in Montana.

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