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Old 10-15-2012, 09:14 AM
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Default Have Felt Booots been banned in Montana?

I had heard they had been banned, but a quick Google and it seems they have not. So as of now, true or not?

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Default Re: Have Felt Booots been banned in Montana?

Nope not not banned here..
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Default Re: Have Felt Booots been banned in Montana?

The Montana legislation that was proposed is below. It was not passed because state and federal employees believe that rubber boots were not safe so they included an exemption for themselves. It died in committee.

If the ban is based on science, should it not apply to everyone? It should be even more important for state and federal employees that are in multiple watersheds on a daily basis.

"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."

http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2011/billhtml/SB0230.htm
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Default Re: Have Felt Booots been banned in Montana?

Nor should felts be banned unless States want to ban woven landing nets, fabric material on the external surface of waders, woven boot laces and gravel cuffs, boats and trailers and many species of birds...which is not to say we should not strive to keep our various surfaces clean.
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Nor should felts be banned unless States want to ban woven landing nets, fabric material on the external surface of waders, woven boot laces and gravel cuffs, boats and trailers and many species of birds...which is not to say we should not strive to keep our various surfaces clean.
Interesting you should include the highlighted bit above. If you're entering Oregon (up I-5 as an example) and have a boat you're required to pull into the OSP truck weigh station for inspection. Not sure how common this is around the State (major entry points) but suspect so.
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Fred, My buddy and I pulled over to have our Clacka and trailer inspected and, if diddimo was lurking in some wet, hollow chamber of the trailer, it was NOT going to have been detected.
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Initially the stop and check was at the SissyQ summit. Signs on the side of the road. One of the first who 'just went by' (thought the bright orange signs were for construction), off goes the 'chase' and he was pulled over. His boat trailer was loaded with Zebra Snails (snails, is that right?). Photos of that on TV .... and the guy hadn't had his boat in the water for well over a week.

Damned things were alive and well even with the summer heat.
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There is no single method of chemical decontamination that will kill all invasives. Chemical decontamination destroys or shortens the lifespan of wading gear.

There is no single method of chemical decontamination method that will kill the 4 major invasives species - Dydimo, Zebra Mussels, Whirling Disease, and NZ Mud Snails.

A study by the California Department of Fish and Game found hundreds of NZ Mud snails lodged inside the crevices of individual test boots. Over 50% of them were less than 1 mm in diameter.

Common chemicals used in decontamination are harmful to the environment and to boots and waders in the concentrations required to kill the invasives. The common method rinse and dry method recommended for dydimo is not sufficient for other invasives.

http://www.scwa2.com/documents/NZMS/...eport%2003.pdf

A study published by the American Fisheries Symposium has noted that "The (Whirling Disease) myxospores can tolerate freezing at -20 centigrade for at least 3 months and are still viable after the passage through the guts of predators.... There have been reports from Europe of myxospores remaining viable in dry pond beds for 12 years(Bauer 1962)."

http://wildlife.utah.gov/fes/pdf_pubs/2002_06.pdf
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Woozer, that was a chilling read.
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