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Friday, July 24, 2020
Downing Can’t Be Trusted to Protect Public Lands
Downing Was Charged with Nine Hunting Violations
Helena, MT – This week, the Montana Land Board approved two projects to expand and protect hunting and fishing access for future generations — so long as out-of-staters like Troy Downing abide by Montana’s hunting licensing laws.
In 2017, Downing was charged with nine hunting violations on instances ranging from 2011 to 2016, and pled guilty in July of 2018 to having obtained resident hunting licenses as a non-resident and unlawfully procuring a license or permit. Downing’s residency over the period in question was described as “seasonal at best” by investigators, but that didn’t stop him from attempting to skirt residency requirements and avoid paying his fair share.
“If Montanans can’t trust Troy Downing to follow Montana’s hunting and fishing laws, how can they trust him to defend public lands and wildlife if elected?” said MDP Communications Director Nathan Stein. “Downing has proven that he doesn’t care about protecting Montana’s public lands for the next generation — we can’t trust him to defend access on the Land Board.”
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