The Fishing Photos that were submitted to BHA's 5th annual fishing photo contest were absolutely incredible.
Besides capturing the wide range of landscapes, families and sportsmen that Backcountry Hunters & Anglers strives to stand-up for, the range of experiences that each photo represented was an excellent reminder of what we fight for - the smile on a child's face when they catch their first fish; the solitude and reward of catching a wild backcountry fish; and the wild public lands and waters that our American sporting traditions depend on.
MISSOULA, Mont. - In a move long supported by sportsmen, the U.S. Senate today voted unanimously to designate as wilderness 275,000-plus acres of prime big-game habitat and fisheries in Idaho's Boulder-White Clouds region. The Senate legislation, introduced by Sen. James Risch of Idaho, forms a companion bill to a House measure championed by Rep. Mike Simpson, also of Idaho. The House voted to advance Simpson's bill last week.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, which has consistently pushed for legislation safeguarding Boulder-White Clouds, commended the Idaho's delegation's leadership and praised Congress for taking action.
"A big backcountry high five to Senator Risch and Congressman Simpson for conserving one of the most iconic parts of Idaho," said BHA President and CEO Land Tawney. "For years, hunters and anglers have been working to secure the future of the Boulder-White Clouds. Getting this legislation over the finish line proves that boots-on-the-ground solutions really do work."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the four House leaders of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, Reps. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Rob Wittman (R-Va.), Gene Green (D-Texas), and Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), introduced the bipartisan “Sportsmen’s Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Enhancement Act,” or SCORE Act, in the 114th Congress. Combined with the previously introduced SHARE Act (HR 2406), these bills constitute a major victory for fish and wildlife habitat, and improved access for America’s hunters and anglers.
Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.), all past chairs of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, are also supporting SCORE.
“The sportsmen’s community can stand squarely behind this bill as a great step forward in protecting our ability to fund and implement the conservation of at-risk habitats, species, and access,” said Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “It’s a great example of bipartisan legislation that addresses the needs of America’s hunters and anglers, and we’d like to see a lot more of that consensus.”
The bill contains seven provisions to reauthorize or implement legislation that helps fund conservation programs on federal and private lands, which boosts sportsmen’s access to quality hunting and fishing, including reauthorization of the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA). Prior to its expiration in 2011, FLTFA had leveraged strategic federal land sales to fund 39 priority conservation projects, including many that expanded sportsmen’s access to world-class hunting and fishing opportunities.
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.