(Above picture of Randy Newberg courtesy of rmef.org)
Some Montana outfitters attempted to dissuade the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation from appointing television hunting show host Randy Newberg, of Bozeman, to the group’s board this week. Newberg is known for his “On Your Own Adventures” show which airs on the Sportsman Channel.
The attempt failed with the announcement by RMEF on Wednesday that Newberg, along with several others, would take their seats on the board in March.
Newberg has been an outspoken proponent of a bill that would have allowed crossing from public land to public land at fence corners. Supporters of the bill held a rally on the Capitol steps on Monday. The bill’s sponsor then attempted to revive the bill after it had been killed in committee by putting it to a vote of the full House. It was defeated on a party-line vote.
Although other bills have been touted as providing a solution to the problem, it doesn’t seem likely that the issue will go away, or that the acrimony between public land hunters like Newberg and landowners, outfitters and the Republican Party is likely to fade away anytime soon. To read stories on Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s decision, see the story on The Billings Gazette’s website. http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/recreation/
This post was written by Brett French, Outdoors Editor of the Billings Gazette