Talking trophies tout Tester’s commitment to Montana sportsmen

Montana farmer launches new spot on National Hunting and Fishing Day

BILLINGS, Mont. – In honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day, Jon Tester’s U.S. Senate campaign is “mounting” a new effort to remind Montanans of the farmer’s deep commitment to Montana’s outdoor heritage.

Tester is chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Legislator of the Year.

Early this morning, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly voted in support of Tester’s groundbreaking Sportsmen’s Act of 2012, which would “permit more hunting and fishing on federal lands and let bow hunters cross federal land where hunting isn’t allowed.” The bill is widely supported by hunting and fishing organizations, and the National Rifle Association.

Today’s internet-only ad offers a unique look at Tester’s impressive Senate record, which is “stuffed” with accomplishments important to the tens of thousands of Montana hunters and anglers.

The 30-second spot takes place in den full of talkative trophies.  The critters highlight how Tester “stood strong for the Second Amendment” and secured better access to public lands.

“Jon even took on the Obama Administration over gray wolves,” a mounted mallard notes, referring to Tester’s success in removing wolves from the Endangered Species List and returning their science-based management to the State of Montana.

“Grrr,” a wolf replies.

In 2011, lobbyist-turned-Congressman Dennis Rehberg, who’s challenging Tester, voted against the delisting of Montana’ wolves.

In fact, Rehberg has a long history of putting special interests ahead of Montana’s sportsmen:

  • Rehberg is currently pushing an unpopular plan to open up 6.4 million acres of Montana’s best big game backcountry to road-building and development.
  • This summer Rehberg voted for his own controversial plan to give the federal government unprecedented control over Montana’s best hunting and fishing areas.
  • In 2005, Rehberg introduced a controversial plan to sell off Montana’s public lands at “bargain basement” prices.


BUCK: Hey who’s the guy with the flattop?

ANTELOPE: That’s Jon Tester.

BUCK: The senator? Why is his picture here?

DUCK: Because Jon stood up for hunters in Montana. Stood strong for the Second Amendment.

ANTELOPE: He secured access to public lands too.

TROUT: That’s where they hooked me.

DUCK: Jon even took on the Obama Administration over gray wolves.

WOLF: Grrr.

JON TESTER: I’m Jon Tester and I approve this message.