August 25, 2013
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems (commonly called “drones”) are increasingly important in the military and have high potential to contribute to the fields of wildlife biology, search-and-rescue, agriculture and many other applications. However, in private hands there is small but growing interest in using these highly sophisticated remote-controlled aircraft to scout, monitor and stalk big game. BHA believes this technology represents a widespread opportunity for abuse, and if not regulated poses a significant threat to fair chase hunting and fair distribution of hunting opportunity.
By BHA Utah Coordinator, Ken Theis.
Most of us, as we get older, become more resistant to change. That is especially true when it comes to seeing changes to the hunting and fishing places we treasure. Seldom do changes to our favorite places seem to be an improvement. Think about it--how many places do you know where hunting or fishing is better now than it was 25 or more years ago?
Changes that impact wildlife habitat tend to occur gradually--a few houses, or another road, or maybe we notice more and more oil well pump jacks, until finally we are left to look back and wonder, “What happened to all the game we used to see around here?”
A whole range of impact categories are described in the National Environmental Policy Act. The National Environmental Policy Act was signed into law in 1970, forty-four years ago. Recognizing the need to address public outcry of environmental degradation occurring at an ever rapid pace during the 1960’s, the Act was intended to disclose changes, or impacts, that might result from proposed federal actions.
April 22, 2014
Dear Chairs Mikulski and Rogers and Ranking Members Shelby and Lowey:
Our organizations represents thousands of hunters and anglers from the American West who have a vital and vested interest in the sustainability and accessibility of quality fish and wildlife habitat for both present and future generations. The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has played a critical role in conserving some of the West’s most important fish and wildlife habitat and publicly accessible hunting and fishing areas. We request your support for full funding of LWCF in fiscal year 2015.
Some of the most memorable and iconic hunting and fishing experiences of the West can be found on public lands that have benefitted from LWCF funding. A few examples include: Montana’s Tenderfoot Creek, an 8,200 acre checkerboard consolidation in the Little Belt Mountains that is home to a large elk herd and world class wild trout fishing. This acquisition is currently being made possible by LWCF funds. The Greater Little Mountain area in Wyoming is one of the most popular hunting and fishing areas in the state, and LWCF funds were used to acquire the 11,179 acre Devil’s Canyon Ranch, a premiere hunting area with important herds of bighorn sheep, mule deer and elk. Another excellent LWCF success story is the Lake Mead National Recreation Area along the border of Nevada and Arizona. It remains one of the most popular fishing and boating destinations in both states and its fisheries are enhanced through LWCF dollars.
Last Thursday, five intrepid BHA members trekked into the Desolation Wilderness above Lake Tahoe for a wedding. The ceremony was held at 8500 feet, just at snow line, on a beautiful sunny day. BHA members from Washington, Idaho and Nevada were present to perform and celebrate the nuptials. Two bottles of excellent champagne were opened to toast the marriage after the couple were pronounced husband and wife by the minister who proudly wore her BHA ball cap. Two BHA dogs were part of the ceremony as well, which was punctuated by a brief but intense canine fight…something for the newlyweds to remember as part of a truly unique wedding. For the wedding couple to celebrate true love for each other and for wild land made this first all-BHA wedding incredibly special.
We recently gave our facebook fans an opportunity to ask BHA’s Executive Director, Land Tawney anything they wanted to know about BHA. The following is a summary of that live question and answer event. Stay tuned for future Q&A events on our Facebook Page. In the meantime, if you have questions about BHA, please ask them anytime using the comment box below.
Question from Russell Bassett
You'all going to take a pass a climate change or are you going to try make a difference to curb what could very well be the biggest issue affecting fishing and hunting opportunity?
Answer from Land Tawney
Russell, thanks for the question. We are actually working on a policy statement as we speak. It will be similar to other national hunting and fishing orgs like Boone and Crockett, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and Trout Unlimited. Stay tuned...