The goal of HB 212 and its sidekick, SB 334, is to enshrine trapping through the legislature into our constitution, impeding and negating Montana voters.
Had the intent of the drafters of referendum C-306 in 2004 been to include trapping, they simply would have included the word trapping. Testimonials would have included trappers and the inclusion of trapping would be in the Legislature minutes. This didn't happen. Had the public voted to enact trapping in the 2004 Hunting and Fishing Heritage Act, trapping would have been included.
Somewhere among the 90-plus references to hunting and fishing in the 2004 voter's handbook for the C-41 constitutional amendment the word, trapping, trap, or trapper would have been used at least once. This never happened. The 2004 constitutional amendment we voted for to "Preserve the opportunity to harvest wild fish and wild GAME" does not include trapping by definition of GAME species. These species were illegal to trap then and now. Hence the formation of SB 334 to try to remedy opposing facts and 35 pages to change definitions of furbearers to game species, manipulating trapping into our constitution.
SB 334 tosses three more species, badger, red fox and raccoon into "vermin" status as predators to facilitate trapping outside the jurisdiction of Montana FWP. No matter what trappers hoped for or were promised, Montanans aren't ignorant or naive. We know the difference between hunting, fishing and trapping.
Trapping was not included in C-41 and for good reason. HB212 is unfair to Montana voters and sets a very bad precedent!