Laramie, WY – Sportsmen and conservationist Buzz Hettick of Laramie was recently recognized as a “Hero of Conservation” by the venerable national magazine Field & Stream.
The magazine recognized Hettick for leading efforts to restore and protect habitat on Forest Service land, which was degraded by illegal motorized traffic. Hettick led the effort as chairman of the Wyoming Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.
A forest researcher by day, Hettick also serves as a volunteer on Wyoming Fish & Game’s Governor’s Auction tag committee and is an actively involved with sportsmen-related issues at the state legislature. He helped found the Wyoming Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.
“I'm honored, but I see this as recognition of the chapter more than anything else,” Hettick said.
We've just launched the third episode of the Backcountry College on "How to Hang Stuff in Bear Country. Watch our youtube channel for future episodes of the Backcountry College.
Fall is upon us and BHA is celebrating by kicking off our 2nd Annual Hunting Photo Contest, sponsored by Kenetrek and Filson. So next time you head afield in pursuit of backcountry birds, bucks or bugles, don’t forget your camera!
Share your favorite hunting photos as part of BHA’s 2nd annual "Hunting Photo Contest" and win quality hunting gear from Filson and Kennetrek. To enter, upload your photos HERE, along with a brief description of your image by December 1st. Winners will be selected by a panel of BHA experts and the photo with the most “likes” will receive a prize for “people’s choice.” All images entered will also be featured in BHA's Hunting Image Gallery. The winners will also be featured in forthcoming issue of the Backcountry Journal. Check out the wide variety of photo submissions to the 2012 backcountry hunting photo contest HERE.
Prizes Include a Choice of:
1) Kenetrek Mountain Extreme 400 Gram Thinsulate Hunting Boots – (over $400 value)
2) Filson Tin Cloth Upland Hunting Strap Vest...
Just Released: Episode #2 of The Backcountry College teaches sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts how to build a fire, even in the worst conditions. The Backcountry College is a partnership between Twistedstave and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers which teaches woodcraft and the skills needed to stay alive in the woods. Stay tuned to BHA's youtube channel for future episodes.
Bipartisan North Fork Watershed Protection Act would withdraw from potential mining and drilling 362,000 acres of prime fish and wildlife habitat west of Glacier National Park
MISSOULA, Mont. – Sportsmen from Montana and across the country are speaking out in support of bipartisan legislation that would withdraw from future minerals development 362,000 acres of America’s most valuable hunting and fishing lands located near Glacier National Park in Montana.
Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced the North Fork Watershed Protection Act (H.R. 2259), which received a hearing by the House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation today in spite of the congressional budget standoff. The bill forms part of a bipartisan effort to conserve Montana’s North Fork Valley. Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Jon Tester (D-MT) are promoting a companion bill, S. 255.
Sportsmen thanked Daines for his leadership and urged the House to advance the legislation.
“We appreciate Congressman Daines’ commitment to safeguarding Montana’s renowned fish and wildlife habitat – and our outdoors heritage,” said Joel Webster, director of the TRCP Center for Western Lands and a Missoula resident. “Hunting and fishing are big business in Montana – part of our state’s identity – and the fact that the entire Montana congressional delegation supports conservation of the North Fork of the Flathead River sends a powerful message. We urge Congress to advance these companion bills as soon as practicable.”