Sportsmen, public land advocates say conservation under 'assault

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During a conference call with Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., last week, a group of sportsmen and public land advocates painted a bleak picture for the future of Montana's wild country.

"It's like an assault on everything that's in conservation," said Bill Geer of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. "Climate, water, land conservation - it's like they don't believe in anything in conservation. It's not hard to imagine there's a bunch of guys getting together and saying, ‘Let's gut everything that gets in the way of business.' "