Outfitters support bill to set aside hunting licenses for clients

HELENA — Montana hunting outfitters turned out in force Tuesday in support of a bill to set aside thousands of non-resident hunting licenses for their clients, arguing their businesses need the certainty to plan ahead and recover from the pandemic.

“Operating by lottery is no way to run a business,” said John Way, an outfitter from Ennis. “It doesn’t promote good operators or bad operators. It promotes lucky clients.”