Trapping vs. Hunting



 Footloose Montana is not opposed to ethical hunting practices.  Our organization does not take an official stance on hunting, because we are a coalition of diverse people brought together by one single cause: the opposition to trapping on public lands.  Footloose Montana supporters include many hunters and also many non-hunters.

Retrievers and hounds are particularly vulnerable to trapping, especially in wetland habitats.
Retrievers and hounds are particularly vulnerable to trapping, especially in wetland habitats.

We respect this diversity of lifestyles.  We recognize that hunting is a valued and important tradition in Montana and look forward to working with the hunting community to make our public lands trap-free.   We look forward to the day when these lands are safer for hunters, for their hunting dogs and for the wildlife they pursue.





The five important “Be NICE” differences between trapping and hunting:

BAIT – Baiting is illegal in hunting because it confers an unfair advantage

NON-TARGET CATCH – The first rule of a responsible hunt is to know your target.  Trapping is indiscriminate, because a trap cannot be targeted like a rifle can.  A trapper never knows or even sees his target.

INHUMANE – we all know trapping is cruel because of the suffering it inflicts.  A responsible hunter’s goal is a clean kill.  Trappers routinely drown, strangle or crush their victims to preserve the pelt.  Traps inflict lasting pain and injury.

COMMERCIALIZATION – Hunters aim to fill their freezer.  Trappers turn public wildlife into a commodity and a private gain.  This means that a profit interest comes into conflict with preserving populations.  

EFFORTLESS – Although trappers do have to put their traps out, there is no chase involved in trapping.  Trapping is not Fair Chase.  A trapper can sit on the couch at home while awaiting his catch.

Promoting Trap-Free Public Lands for People, Pets, and Wildlife