Trial set for Senate candidate Downing on fish-and-game charges

BOZEMAN -Republican U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing, charged multiple times for allegedly buying Montana resident hunting-and-fishing licenses when he was a non-resident, is going to trial – two weeks before his contested primary election.

At a hearing Wednesday in Bozeman, Justice of the Peace Bryan Adams scheduled Downing’s trial for three days, from May 23-25.

Downing, a businessman from Big Sky, is one of four Republicans running for the party’s nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester this fall. The primary election is June 5.