SALEM, Ore. – Proponents of fair chase hunting are celebrating a success in the Beaver State as the Oregon Senate advances legislation that would ban the use of drones for hunting and scouting.
“The sportsman’s voice is ringing loud and clear in the Oregon legislature,” said Ed Putnam, co-chair of the Oregon chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. “This bill speaks to the core of who we are as sportsmen, and we commend the legislature’s willingness to consider it.”
BHA’s Oregon chapter called for introduction of the bill following an explosion of reports of aircraft, as well as a growing number of drones, being used to locate and pursue big game in the state. Current law prohibits hunting within an 8-hour period after receiving information on the location of a game animal from either a manned or unmanned aircraft. The new law would ban the use of drones outright for hunting, scouting or harassing wildlife.
MISSOULA, Mont. – Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is pleased to announce a new collaboration with renowned outdoor gear manufacturer and longtime BHA corporate partner Seek Outside. Beginning today, every new BHA Lifetime Member can choose to receive a Seek Outside backcountry tipi and stove.
Seek Outside is a family-owned firm that produces high quality, lightweight and ultralight camping and backpacking products. The company proudly supports conservation and education initiatives such as Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and programs that get kids outside.
“Seek Outside understands the importance of North America’s public lands and waters in providing outdoor experiences for hunters, anglers and recreationists of all stripes,” said BHA Executive Director Land Tawney. “We’re excited to partner with Seek Outside by offering our members an added incentive to support Backcountry Hunters & Anglers – and our efforts to uphold these opportunities for our kids and grandkids to enjoy.”
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WASHINGTON – Sportsmen are commending Montana’s Rep. Ryan Zinke, who yesterday afternoon cast a vote in opposition of a joint congressional budget resolution that includes a provision facilitating the sale or transfer of federal public lands.
“Montana is not for sale,” stated Zinke, who bucked party lines in opposing the budget resolution, which would reduce the deficit by imposing substantial cuts in funding. While non-binding, the legislation sets overall levels for federal spending programs and is expected to advance in a U.S. Senate vote next week. Ultimately, the resolution passed the House of Representatives last night 226-197.
Zinke’s vote elicited praise from the national sportsmen’s group Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, which remains vocally opposed to the sale or transfer of public lands.
WASHINGTON - As House members met today to vote on a massive defense spending package, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers roundly condemned a rider in the bill that would block activities aimed at conserving populations of the greater sage-grouse, currently a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act.
Rep. Rob Bishop introduced the measure, which would prohibit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from moving forward with efforts to conserve the grouse, in the National Defense Authorization Act. The House Armed Services Committee considered the legislation this afternoon.
BHA, a sportsmen's group actively engaged in preventing the sage-grouse's listing under the ESA, criticized Bishop's provision and questioned its relevance to the NDAA.