Felt Ban in Montana

by | Jan 11, 2011 | 0 comments

These are about to be on the chopping block in MT.

The Felt Ban is heating up in Montana.  There is a proposed bill in the Montana legislature that will ban felt soled wading boots starting October 1, 2011.  There is tons of information out there to educate everyone about the serious issues of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS).  Google it and read about it.  Felt is the number one carrier of ANS, but not the only problem.  Laces, neoprene booties, gussets, and insoles help to spread ANS as well.  It is not just felt, should all boots with laces, gussets and insoles which get wet be banned as well?  The odds of someone spreading ANS around with non felt boots is still high.  Safety while wading has been a very talked about issue with regards to wearing rubber boots. 

What do you think?

Here is a link to the proposed bill on banning felt in Montana: Felt ban in MT

 NEW SECTION.  Section 2.  Use of felt-soled boots and waders prohibited. (1) A person may not use external felt-soled boots or external felt-soled waders in the waters of the state.     (2) The possession of external felt-soled boots or external felt-soled waders on the banks or shores of a stream or lake or in a boat, raft, canoe, or other water vessel is prima facie evidence that the person or persons in whose possession the boots or waders are found were using the boots or waders in the waters of the state.

     (3) The provisions of this section do not apply to a state or federal employee or emergency personnel, including fire, law enforcement, and emergency medical technicians, using external felt-soled boots or external felt-soled waders when acting within the scope of duty.

 What do you think?