The following information concerns
Republican U.S. Senate Candidate, Troy Bryan Downing's, FWP Citations
and Montana County voting information. His Omnibus Hearing at the
Gallatin County Justice Court is scheduled for November 15, 2017,
Back in August I read an article by Don Pogreba,
Talk About Troy Downing For a Moment, questioning the Montana
residency status of Montana U.S. Senate candidate Troy Bryan Downing.
I feel that elected lawmakers ought to be held
to a higher standard when they serve the public, not a double standard,
as though the laws don't apply to them. We need to elect candidates
that uphold the laws, especially those that deal with our Public
Researching FWP Game Warden citation data for
a wee bit now, I know one of the ways to access residency information,
if a person hunts and fishes, is through their hunting & fishing
license history. So I placed a FWP public information request for
Downings Montana history, as well as Alaska (from another news article)
He only hunted in Alaska in 2001, showing California
as his place of residency. California denied my Public Records Act
request. However, I received my Montana information requests (PDFs
Troy Bryan Downing applied for Nonresident Conservation
and Season Fishing licenses in 2002, 2003 and 2004. There were no
records from 2005-2010. He applied for various Resident licenses
However, my other public information request
was to see if there were any FWP citations; there were - 7 of them.
Per the FWP citations, 6 times, between 2011
and 2016 (except 2012), Downing applied for Resident licenses as
a nonresident, in violation of MCA
87-6-303(1)(a) - "In that said defendant did knowingly
or purposely or negligently commit the following offense: Nonresident
license or permit offenses - Unlawful purchase of or apply for resident
license by nonresident." There was an a 7th citation for 87-6-302
(1)(c) - "In that said defendant did knowingly
or purposley or negligently commit the following offense: Unlawful
procurement of license, permit, tag - Assist unqualified applicant
in obtaining a license." If Downing is found guilty of breaking
this law, and shot any wildlife with those licenses, he may have
additional citations forthcoming.
FWP Residency Requirements. "A person who has physically
resided in Montana as the person’s principal or primary home
or place of abode for 180 consecutive days and who meets all the
criteria listed below immediately prior to making application for
any license is eligible to receive resident hunting, fishing, and
trapping licenses... owning property in Montana does not in and
of itself make an individual a Montana resident."
For those that aren't aware, a Resident license
is less expensive than a Non-Resident license. A nonresident purchasing
a Resident license is a theft to the agency which manages our public
trust resources and habitat with those dollars. In my opinion, such
a theft is not only illegal, but also unethical.
I also contacted the Madison County voting office,
since the Montana Cadastral shows Troy Bryan Downing owning a parcel
with the Yellowstone Mountain Club on Travertine Road since 2004.
They stated he was registered to vote on Feb 22, 2012 in Madison
County, but no voting record. I called Gallatin County and was told
that Downing was registered on Aug. 2016, voted in the November
general election and the May 2017 Special election with an address
of 60 Upper Moose Hill Rd., Big Sky, MT.