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.
Here at Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, that means going fishing. And in honor of our public lands angling opportunities, we're giving BHA members a chance to win a wealth of great prizes by entering our 4th annual Backcountry Fishing Photo Contest!
Submit your most picturesque, memorable or entertaining image capturing the backcountry angling experience anytime between July 1-31 for a chance to win one of four fantastic prize packages from Costa, Fishpond, Sage, Rio, Simms, Redington and Souplefly. Check out the prizes and complete contest rules below.
As temperatures rise we remind folks who are releasing fish to #keepemwet. This includes wetting your hands before you handle your subject, keeping it over or in water and, finally, minimizing its time out of the water. Tight lines!
WASHINGTON – A decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand hunting and angling opportunities on 21 national wildlife refuges across the country drew praise from Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, which works on increasing sportsmen’s access to places to hunt and fish, particularly on publicly owned lands.
USFWS Director Dan Ashe announced the proposal, which was published in the Federal Register today and which would modify existing regulations for more than 100 other refuges and federal wetland management districts. Sportsmen welcomed the good news.
“I’ve hunted waterfowl my entire life on national wildlife refuges that have been funded almost exclusively by sportsmen’s dollars,” said BHA Executive Director Land Tawney. “Refuges are just that: places that provide much-needed solitude and challenge our members crave. Access and opportunity are critical to Americans’ continued ability to enjoy our time-honored traditions of hunting and fishing, and likewise they are central to the mission of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers welcomes Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell’s announcement of landscape level greater sage-grouse plans for Bureau of Land Management lands in 11 Western states.
Built upon years of historic collaboration between state governors and wildlife management agencies, public land management agencies, sportsmen, ranchers, energy companies and other key stakeholders, these tailored plans set a new standard for meaningful conservation on lands that support the majority of the birds’ habitat.
By addressing the needs of sportsmen, ranchers, and businesses, these conservation plans will sustain the resource and provide greater certainty to multiple uses like energy development while balancing the need to safeguard important wildlife habitat.
The following video highlights some of BHA’s ground efforts for sage-grouse: