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WASHINGTON, D.C. - An international hunting and fishing organization has honored Montana Sen. Jon Tester as legislator of the year for protecting outdoor values.

Safari Club International gave the title to Tester Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.

"Defending our outdoor heritage is at the heart of our Montana values," said Tester, a longtime butcher and a staunch supporter of gun rights. "It's an honor to be recognized for standing up for the rights of Montana's hunters and fishermen."

Safari Club International claims that hunting and fishing support more jobs in Montana than Malmstrom Air Force Base and Billings Clinic combined and that hunters and anglers spend an average of $2 million every day in the state.

Here is the Safari Club's breakdown for Montana:

- 232,000: Number of hunters and anglers in Montana.

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- 11,500: Number of Montana jobs supported by hunting and fishing.

- $721 million: Annual spending in Montana by hunters and anglers.

Combined, sportsmen spend 1.7 million days hunting in Montana every year and 2.3 million days fishing Montana's rivers and lakes, according to Safari Club figures.

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