Check out this BHA radio interview with Northwestern Outdoors Radio, recorded live from the 2015 North American Rendezvous in Spokane, Washington. BHA's Executive Director, Land Tawney discusses the Rendezvous and our efforts to stop a public land sell-off.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is dedicated to conserving habitat in the sagebrush steppe ecoregion - habitat that is so important to Sage Grouse, as well as mule deer, antelope and numerous non-game species. This video highlights some of the ways that we are working to conserve this important habitat.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Releases Public Lands Report to Educate Sportsmen and Decision Makers on the Need to Keep Public Lands in Public Hands
For Immediate Release
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Missoula, MT – Today, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) released “Our Public Lands-Not for Sale”, detailing how the proposed transfer, or sale, of America’s federal public lands would negatively affect sportsmen and women in the United States. A growing number of western state legislators and federal elected officials are advocating for the transfer or all out sale of federal public lands. This report highlights how these ideas are nothing new and if they come to pass, how detrimental they would be to America’s sportsmen and women, ultimately resulting in loss of access to quality habitat for hunting and fishing.
The report also illustrates the incredible potential harm to both the outdoor business community and sportsmen and women. More than two thirds of hunters in the 11 Western states depend on public lands for all or part of their hunting, including both resident and non-resident hunters. And, outdoor recreation supports $646 billion in revenue and 6.1 million jobs annually.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is 100% against the transfer, or sale, of our federal public lands. While we think that federal land management could be improved, this is no time to throw the baby out with the bathwater. We look forward to working with elected officials from both sides of the aisle to protect our outdoor heritage and keep public lands in public hands,” said Land Tawney, Executive Director of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.
“Without public land we would be out of business, in fact, we would have never gotten into business because there would be no reason to make hunting clothes if only a select few could participate. The opportunity for individuals to access beautiful and wild places in an equitable manner is one of the core American values that enriches the quality of life for all,” said Kenton Carruth, Founder, First Lite, Idaho.
Senate legislation introduced last month includes measures expanding public access, conserving backcountry, bolstering fish and wildlife
MISSOULA, Mont. - Popular Senate legislation that would conserve important backcountry lands and waters, bolster fish and game populations and expand public access to hunting and fishing should be promptly introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and deserves rapid passage into law, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers announced today.
The Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015, introduced in the U.S. Senate in February by Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Martin Heinrich along with a host of bipartisan cosponsors, is a package of more than 20 sportsmen-focused bills that takes advantage of a new dynamic in a new Congress to advance issues of ongoing interest to hunters, anglers and shooters. The Senate bill has drawn widespread support from prominent sportsmen's groups, with BHA leading the charge in urging House members to introduce companion legislation.
Outdoor Life Online: Dec. 31, 2014
“Stop this Silly Talk” ... instead of continuing to talk about shedding federal land in America, let’s talk about making what we have more accessible and productive.
Field & Stream Online: Dec. 31, 2014
“The ‘ultimate disaster’... The idea to sell or give away these lands... is now a major concern.”
Petersen’s Hunting Magazine. Dec. 2014-Jan. 2015
“But instead of adding more land, our Federal government, in most cases spearheaded by conservative Republicans whom we love so much for their pro-gun stances, is looking at reducing our public land (bowhunter/turncoat Paul Ryan just made my sh*t list by suggesting such).”