Our freedom to hunt and fish depends on habitat. While many of us enjoy hunting and fishing in human altered environments such as farm fields or reservoirs, there is something special – even magical – about hunting deep in the backcountry or fishing on a remote river. Wilderness hunting and fishing delivers a sense of freedom, challenge and solitude that is increasingly trampled by the twin pressures of growing population and increasing technology. Many treasured fish and mammals – such as cutthroat trout, grizzly bear and bighorn sheep – thrive best in wilderness. Many more flexible species, like elk and mule deer, benefit from wilderness. From the Steens Mountain Wilderness in Oregon, the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho to the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, our members treasure America's wilderness system and strive to add to it.
We take the advice of Theodore Roosevelt: "Preserve large tracts of wilderness... for the exercise of the skill of the hunter, whether or not he is a man of means."
Hunting and fishing isn't what we do, it's who we are!
Pebble Mine: BHA has been working to stop the proposed Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay. The Pebble Mine, if allowed to proceed, would be the largest copper/gold mine in North America. The location of the mine would be right above Bristol Bay, a pristine fishery that is home to the world’s largest Sockeye salmon run. In addition to salmon, the bay is home to a huge diversity of other fish and marine mammals and sea birds. BHA does not believe the short term benefits would make up for the long term effects of placing a gigantic mine above one of our last great fisheries. This part of Alaska has frequent earthquakes, which could easily jeopardize the dams necessary to hold back toxic mine tailings. Alaska BHA members have been meeting with biologists and Board of Fisheries directors and making comments about proposed actions and proposed legislation.
For a BHA blog on the Pebble Mine.
To read more about BHA Alaska’s efforts to stop the Pebble Mine, as well as other issues that Alaska BHA is involved in, click here.
BHA members founded a new Arizona State Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers in September and will be working to identify key areas for protection.
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.