A land that is facing ceaseless development. A people mired in obesity from their over-reliance upon technology and motorized equipment. A quality of life—particularly the sporting life—that is rapidly careening downhill. These are some of the basic tenants of our call to arms—for American and Canadian sportsmen and women to stand up for the wild country and wildlife that depend so much upon it. Now, more than ever before, we need wild lands: places to rekindle the depths of the human soul. Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is a non-partisan group of sportsmen and women who are standing up for wilderness and for the wildlife that depends upon it.
Join us at BHA’s 4th Annual National Rendezvous, March 6-8 in Spokane, Washington - the premiere North American gathering of backcountry sportsmen and women as we come together for good conversation, informative seminars, and great giveaways.
Tickets are now on sale for BHA's 2015 North American Rendezvous at the Red Lion Hotel in Spokane, Washington, March 6-8.
This year we are excited to announce BHA member and supporter, Randy Newberg, as our keynote speaker! As the host of the Sportsman Channel's Fresh Tracks, Randy lives and breathes the lifestyle of the public land hunter and has earned a reputation as a well respected voice in the conservation and hunting community.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Releases Public Lands Report to Educate Sportsmen and Decision Makers on the Need to Keep Public Lands in Public Hands
For Immediate Release
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Missoula, MT – Today, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) released “Our Public Lands-Not for Sale”, detailing how the proposed transfer, or sale, of America’s federal public lands would negatively affect sportsmen and women in the United States. A growing number of western state legislators and federal elected officials are advocating for the transfer or all out sale of federal public lands. This report highlights how these ideas are nothing new and if they come to pass, how detrimental they would be to America’s sportsmen and women, ultimately resulting in loss of access to quality habitat for hunting and fishing.
The report also illustrates the incredible potential harm to both the outdoor business community and sportsmen and women. More than two thirds of hunters in the 11 Western states depend on public lands for all or part of their hunting, including both resident and non-resident hunters. And, outdoor recreation supports $646 billion in revenue and 6.1 million jobs annually.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is 100% against the transfer, or sale, of our federal public lands. While we think that federal land management could be improved, this is no time to throw the baby out with the bathwater. We look forward to working with elected officials from both sides of the aisle to protect our outdoor heritage and keep public lands in public hands,” said Land Tawney, Executive Director of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.
“Without public land we would be out of business, in fact, we would have never gotten into business because there would be no reason to make hunting clothes if only a select few could participate. The opportunity for individuals to access beautiful and wild places in an equitable manner is one of the core American values that enriches the quality of life for all,” said Kenton Carruth, Founder, First Lite, Idaho.
Outdoor Life Online: Dec. 31, 2014
“Stop this Silly Talk” ... instead of continuing to talk about shedding federal land in America, let’s talk about making what we have more accessible and productive.
Field & Stream Online: Dec. 31, 2014
“The ‘ultimate disaster’... The idea to sell or give away these lands... is now a major concern.”
Petersen’s Hunting Magazine. Dec. 2014-Jan. 2015
“But instead of adding more land, our Federal government, in most cases spearheaded by conservative Republicans whom we love so much for their pro-gun stances, is looking at reducing our public land (bowhunter/turncoat Paul Ryan just made my sh*t list by suggesting such).”
Nearly 50 years ago a far-sighted, bipartisan group in Congress established the Land and Water Conservation Fund, tapping a fraction of the royalties from offshore oil and gas production to give all Americans a lifetime of outdoor recreational opportunity. Congress intended the Fund to be used for “preserving, developing, and assuring accessibility to … outdoor recreation resources … and to strengthen the health and vitality of the citizens of the United States ….”
Despite the fact that Congress typically does not fund LWCF at the $900 million level authorized, every state has benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It has built swimming pools and softball fields, improved hiking trails and campgrounds, and provided access to public land of incomparable beauty for the enjoyment of Americans of every age, background and place of residence.
From the high cool alpine meadows of Colorado to the muggy bayous of Louisiana, the Land & Water Conservation Fund has benefited a wide array of American landscapes and families. This report, "The Land & Water Conservation Fund: From the Mountains to the Bayou, Connecting America's Sportsmen for 50 Years", was developed by Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and the New Mexico Wildlife Federation to highlight just a few of the lands and waters that have benefited from the Land & Water Conservation Fund.
Click here to learn more about how the Land & Water Conservation Fund has conserved valuable fish and wildlife habitat, and provided needed public hunting and fishing access near you.