Destruction of wildlife habitat – coupled with loss of access to fish and wildlife — are twin threats to the future of hunting and fishing. Backcountry Hunters and Anglers works for responsible access to public land and to correct the problems which lock out responsible hunters and anglers.
As poorly planned development surrounds public lands, roads and trails are blocked with “no trespassing” signs. The abuse and overuse of off-highway vehicles is one of the problems leading to hunters being locked out of private land and leads to lost opportunities on public land.
A proven way to protect access on private land is through the establishment of hike-in hunting opportunities. In Montana, for example, the Block Management Program has opened up tens of thousands of acres of private land to hunters by offering incentives to ranchers and farmers. That program is successful in part because hunters agree to hunt by foot, greatly increasing the support of landowners.
When wildlife habitat as it is paved, sold off or developed, we all lose access forever. Excessive motorized traffic destroys wildlife habitat security. When habitat security suffers, hunters lose.
Hike-in and horseback access generally has many advantages, including more and bigger bucks and bulls, longer hunting seasons, more liberal regulations and greater solitude. Excessive motorized traffic destroys access by damaging habitat, driving away wildlife and eliminating the peace and quiet.
We support existing provisions in the Wilderness Act and Americans with Disabilities Act that provide for people of all levels of physical ability to enjoy the backcountry.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers seeks to ensure North America's outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands and waters.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead.