New Mexico sportsmen today thank our U.S. Senate delegation, Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, for reintroducing legislation that would permanently protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region in southern New Mexico.
Their bill, the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act, would ensure that sportsmen have good opportunity to hunt and enjoy the scenic beauty of some 500,000 acres near the state’s second-largest city, Las Cruces.
“This legislation will permanently protect important areas like the Sierra de Las Uvas, the Potrillos and the Robledos mountains where southern New Mexicans have hunted for decades,” said John Cornell, president of Doña Ana County Associated Sportsmen. “We need to make sure areas like these remain open to hunting and hiking so we can always have places to pass on our outdoor traditions to the next generation.”
TV Host & Montana Senator discuss outdoor heritage in 3 short videos
MISSOULA – Randy Newberg, host of the The Sportsman Channels’ Fresh Tracks with Randy Newberg, wants Congress to stop raiding the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and he’s teaming up with U.S. Senator Jon Tester to draw attention to the fund’s importance for hunting and fishing access.
As Congress negotiates a budget deal, Newberg is releasing a series of YouTube videos from a recent interview with Tester about the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Tester is former chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and a longtime supporter of The Fund. Congress set up the Land & Water Conservation Fund in 1964 to direct royalties from offshore oil drilling royalties—not taxes—to fund public access to parks, playgrounds, fishing ramps and wildlife habitat.
Nathrop, Colo. -- After 18 months of collaboration with sportsmen, Chaffee County leaders, businesses and residents, Sen. Mark Udall introduced legislation today that would designate Browns Canyon as a national monument.
The bill would establish protections over 22,000 acres that would help maintain the quality of hunting and fishing habitat around the canyon as well as the always popular Arkansas River. Given the flexible nature of monuments, undeveloped portions of the monument would be designated as wilderness and less stringent protections would be placed on the rest of the area, encouraging public use and recreation.
“The Arkansas is the most popular rafting river in the country. I’ve spent many years guiding raft and fishing trips on the Arkansas and spending time in Browns Canyon is a highlight of any trip,” said Bill Dvorak, a longtime outfitter and organizer for Sportsmen for Brown’s Canyon. “Protecting Browns Canyon would maintain an important, sustainable part of the area economy. Just as important is protecting air and water quality and wildlife and fish habitat at a time when increasing population and development are creating more demands on public lands.”
This is the 2nd installment of a two-part series on wilderness navigation.
During the 2013 bow hunting season, BHA member Dan Martel observed a horseman and motorcyclist driving cattle on the border of the South San Juan Wilderness in Colorado. The motorcyclist was illegally off-road and had driven right past a “No Motor Vehicles” sign at the trailhead. Dan approached the cattlemen and was able to take a number of photographs that explicitly identified the violation. However, because Colorado's OHV identifiction remains small and very difficult to read, other identifying information was needed.
Dan returned to the trailhead where he identified the trailer and tow vehicle using tracks and engine temperature of the tow vehicle. He then contacted Chris Ortiz, a law enforcement officer for the Rio Grande National Forest and provided photographs, a detailed description of the incident, location, and physical descriptions of the suspects.