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Old 02-09-2009, 01:50 PM
SunRiverMan SunRiverMan is offline
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Big SKy Country
Posts: 46

I read this several times and had to comment. I too have had outfitters confront me and even drive dangerously close like they wanted to run me off the road. One time he even had clients in the vehicle with him.

So here's what I did. I wear a sidearm, mine is a .44 magnum, in plain view. It is legal here. When the outfitter starts his rant I rest my hand on the revolver the whole time and do not say much at all. I just look at him like he is stupid or something.

Make sure you know you are not trespassing. I always know where I am at and where the boundary is. It is better to have at least two people doing this, one getting the rant, and the other in an overwatch position.

Don't let the outfitter's words bother you. He won't come back unless you are trespassing. DO NOT threaten the outfitter or remove the revolver from the holster, such as brandishing. You are not looking for a gunfight.

Montana Code Annotated 2007

87-3-142. Harassment prohibited. (1) A person may not intentionally interfere with the lawful taking of a wild animal or fishing by another.
(2) A person may not, with intent to prevent or hinder its lawful taking or its capture, disturb a wild animal or engage in an activity or place in its way any object or substance that will tend to disturb or otherwise affect the behavior of a wild animal.
(3) A person may not disturb an individual engaged in the lawful taking of a wild animal or fishing with intent to prevent the taking of the animal or the capture of the fish.
(4) This section does not prohibit a landowner or lessee from taking reasonable measures to prevent imminent danger to domestic livestock and equipment. This section does not prohibit or curtail normal landowner operations or lawful uses of water.

87-3-143. Penalty. A person convicted of a violation of 87-3-142 is guilty of a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment not to exceed 30 days, or both. A person convicted of a second or subsequent violation of 87-3-142 is punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 1 year, or both.
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