By BHA Utah Coordinator, Ken Theis
Regardless of the type of equipment one chooses in the pursuit of big game, whether recurve or compound bow, muzzle loader or rifle, hunters all want the same thing—a rewarding experience for their efforts. For some, that might mean plenty of game and lots of opportunities to select an animal from among several possible candidates. It might be the chance to put some healthy meat in the freezer. Yet for others, the payoff may simply be time in the field and a chance to take any legal animal they might encounter. Any hunting experience, however, is more rewarding and exciting when the hunter encounters the game he or she seeks.
Today, despite ever encroaching motorized incursion, there are still some places where good numbers of game animals exist for those willing to make the effort to seek them out. These are the areas that Backcountry Hunters & Anglers actively works to protect.
LAMAR, COLORADO — The Colorado Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers today applauded the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Commission for showing national leadership in protecting hunting rights and fair chase from emerging technology of civilian drones.
“Hunters are America’s first conservationists and we have a century-old tradition of policing our own ranks,” said David Lien, Co-Chair of Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. “We’re pleased that the CO Parks and Wildlife Commission has stepped up to protect our hunting traditions, by ensuring fair chase and fair distribution of wildlife.”
Today, the Commission took an initial look at draft regulations which wouldban the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for hunting or scouting in Colorado. UAVs, or “drones” are increasingly popular in civilian hands and there are videos on the internet of the machines being used to spot, stalk and hunt wildlife.
Being able to navigate through the backcountry is an essential skill if you're going to be spending time off the beaten path. In our fourth installment of The Backcountry College, Clay Hayes teaches the first of a two part course on navigating the backcountry the traditional way - by map and compass. Clay To catch every episode of The Backcountry College, be sure to subscribe to BHA's youtube channel.
Gayle Joslin, Montana BHA member, wildlife biologist and lifelong wildlife advocate was recently awarded Leonard and Sandy Sargent Stewardship Award through the Cinnabar Foundation. This award was given Gayle for her lifelong effort on behalf of wildlands and wildlife resources. After 32 years with Montana Dept of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Gayle has continued as a volunteer since 2007.. Having worked with a number of government agencies and their complex planning processes, Gayle generously shares that experience with a variety of non-governmental wildlife conservation groups, advocates and litigators. Much of Helena Hunters and Anglers organization’s efforts has the touch of Gayle’s work. Montana BHA and Helena Hunters and Anglers, along with Montana Wildlife Federation, Hellgate Hunters and Anglers and Clancy-Unionville Working Group, are currently working together to protect elk security and promote improved travel planning in the Helena National Forest’s portion of the Blackfoot drainage.
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.