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ICYMI: Records show Tester is no hunter, after all

Senator Tester frequently talks about hunting as a “way of life in Montana” and even sent campaign mailers bragging about how much he “understands” Montana’s hunting heritage. But Fox News uncovered today that Senator Tester hasn’t actually had a hunting license in 16 years — other than briefly the last time campaign season rolled around.

Fox reports Tester has “campaigned as a big hunting proponent,” but according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks records, “Tester hasn’t had a hunting license in six years. He last had one in 2012 – the same year he was last on the ballot.”

The report is especially damning as Senator Tester has tried desperately to fight off attacks he’s “gone Washington,” but this report makes clear that #TwoFacedTester isn’t all he’s made himself out to be.

“All this goes to show that Senator Tester is a fraud who left Montana’s way of life behind long ago for the Washington swamp,” said NRSC Spokesman Calvin Moore. “Senator Tester went to Washington, bought a million dollar home, made himself the number one recipient of lobbyist campaign cash and hoped no one would notice he only to made it home to hunt when the election came around.”

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Dem Sen. Tester campaigns on love of hunting, hasn’t had license in 6 years
Fox News
Alex Pappas
September 18, 2018

Montana Sen. Jon Tester, a red state Democrat running for re-election in one of the closest Senate contests this year, has campaigned as a big hunting proponent, sending out mailers to voters that show him in hunting gear with his gun in hand.

“As we gear up for hunting season, Montanans know that hunting isn’t just a sport – it feeds our families, and it creates lifelong memories with our kids and grandkids,” Tester says in the campaign flier. “Montanans are lucky to have some of the best access, longest seasons and greatest hunting in the world.”

But according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks records reviewed by Fox News, Tester hasn’t had a hunting license in six years. He last had one in 2012 – the same year he was last on the ballot.

Records dating back to 2002 indicate that the agency had no records of Tester having a hunting or fishing license for 12 out of the last 16 years. In 2012, Tester had a resident conservation and fishing, antelope and hunting access enhancement license. The agency said it has no records yet of Tester having a license this year.

Rosendale on Tuesday used the disclosure to paint Tester as out of touch.

“It’s pretty disingenuous to see Jon Tester talk about the importance of hunting when he’s rarely had a hunting license,” Rosendale said in a statement. “It’s not surprising though, Jon Tester has changed. He left behind his Montana values a long time ago.”

Meagher, Tester’s spokesman, fired back at Rosendale, saying the Republican has “spent his career turning open lands into developments and pushing to transfer Montana’s public lands” while Tester “ is always fighting for access to public lands on behalf of all Montana hunters.”

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks records indicate Rosendale has had hunting licenses every year since 2002.

In an effort to appeal to outdoorsmen, Tester and the state Democratic Party have sent multiple fliers this year about hunting.

“I’ll fight to protect that from those who want to chip away at what we have here,” Tester said in one flier, which included sunrise-sunset tables for determining hunting hours.

Another flier paid for by the Montana Democratic Party shows Tester talking with outdoorsmen, and says, “Jon knows that hunting is a way of life in Montana, and he will always protect hunters, anglers, and every Montanan’s right to be on our public lands.