WASHINGTON – Senate legislation that would establish two wilderness areas on federal lands in New Mexico would secure critical fish and game habitat and benefit sportsmen and the region’s economy, said Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, which has been engaged in a decade-long effort to conserve the fish- and wildlife-rich landscapes.
The Cerros del Norte Conservation Act (S. 1240), introduced by U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall earlier this month, was deliberated this afternoon at a hearing convened by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining. The bill would designate the Cerro del Yuta Wilderness and Rio San Antonio Wilderness within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico.
The national monument encompasses backcountry lands and waters inhabited by a diversity of wildlife, including elk, mule deer and bighorn sheep. Sportsmen are quick to point to the importance of the proposed wilderness areas as a migratory corridor for wildlife and the overall role played by these public lands in sustaining the outdoors-based economy central to the fiscal health of New Mexico and the Rocky Mountain West.
Here’s a little sample with our Executive Director’s column and cool story from Hannah Ryan, one of our Montana Chapter board members, about stocking trout in an alpine, wilderness lake using her family’s pack goats.
Also inside is an instructional backcountry first aid piece as well as a fly fishing essay from David James Duncan, award-winning author of The River Why and The Brothers K.
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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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