CHEYENNE – More sportsmen's dollars will be used for wildlife-related programs with the passage of a bill Friday to allow the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to receive state funds for two key expenses previously paid for through hunting and fishing license fee
Ten organizations united as the Wyoming Sportsmen's Alliance (WYSA) last July after the Legislature voted down a bill supported by the vast majority of sportsmen in the state which would have allowed the Game and Fish Department to raise license fees to address budgetary shortfalls. A similar bill was also defeated this year. License fees have not been increased since 2008.
Representing about 50,000 Wyoming citizens, the WYSA includes Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Bowhunters of Wyoming, Hunting With Heroes, Muley Fanatic Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Wyoming Trout Unlimited , Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation, Wyoming Federation of Union Sportsmen and Wyoming Wildlife Federation.
Since in the 1980’s Montana has been the “gold standard” in terms of protecting its citizen’s rights to recreational access of the waterways within its borders. In 1984 The Montana Supreme Court held that the streambed of any river or stream that allows for recreational use can be accessed by the public, from public land, regardless of whether the waterway is “navigable” or who owns the adjacent streambed property. The Montana Stream Access Law gives the public rights to access streams and rivers for recreational purposes, up to the ordinary high-water mark. The law does not allow access through posted lands bordering those streams or to cross private lands to gain access to streams.
No such stream access is available in many states. For example, in Wyoming boaters cannot even drop anchor in a river flowing through private land without being in trespass. Article IX, section 3 of the 1972 Montana Constitution gave the ownership of the state’s waterways to its citizens. It goes without saying that this law that must be protected from those individuals who would like to reverse our State Constitution to privatize Montana steams. This law protects access rights not only to current Montana citizens, but to future generations.
Colorado BHA is pleased to announce that White River National Forest Habitat Watchman, Bob Shettle, has been invited by Colorado Parks & Wildlife director, Bob Broscheid, to serve as the West Slope Angler Representative on the Wildlife Council.
As an avid outdoorsman, experienced teacher and passionate backcountry enthusiast, Shettle brings a unique perspective to the Wildlife Council, whose aim is to “oversee the design of a comprehensive media-based public information program to educate the general public about the benefits of wildlife, wildlife management, and wildlife-related recreational opportunities in Colorado, specifically hunting and fishing.”
Bob was born on the east coast and spent his formative years in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, where he started hunting whitetails at age 16. Today he hunts deer and elk and fishes the high country of the central Rockies, and calls Redstone, Colorado, home. Bob was a motorcycle and OHV mechanic for the first part of his career, then an automotive technician, and later taught Auto Technology in public schools for the last 15 years. Now semi-retired, Bob holds four International Game Fish Association line class world records for California golden trout, dating back to the 1980’s. He spends at least a week each year stomping around the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming, in search of still bigger golden trout.
Karl Findling could be a poster boy for public lands and our access to them. Findling has hunted and fished Oregon’s public lands for four decades and his passion for their preservation runs deep. Few people have covered as much of the state as Findling. Whether it’s the SE Desert region, Eastern Mountains, the Central Region, Cascade Mountains, or Western Oregon, Karl knows Oregon from a boots-on-the-ground perspective better than most of us. To help fuel his passion for wild backcountry, Karl is a longtime Captain in the Bend Fire Department. On the side, he created Oregon Pack Works which manufactures interchangeable modular pack systems for sportsmen and markets them worldwide. Oregon Pack Works is one of thousands of businesses which help drive a 646 billion dollar national outdoor recreation economy. And, much of that economy is fueled by the legacy of public lands and our access to them.
January 8, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tim Brass, Southern Rockies Coordinator, 651-206-4669
Land Tawney, Executive Director, 406-370-4325
DENVER, COLORADO — Sportsmen from Colorado and beyond today applauded the state of Colorado for moving to protect traditional, fair chase hunting by curbing the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) to pursue wildlife.
Earlier today, the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Commission voted to make Colorado the first state where hunting tradition and fair chase are protected from civilian use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) for hunting.