|Photo by Mike Hanna|
We are the Idaho chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA), a non-profit 501(c)(3) grassroots group of sportsmen and women. We are united by a passion to protect and conserve public land forests, mountains, prairies, streams, and lakes that support our hunting and angling traditions. Idaho BHA members are deeply concerned that the traditional backcountry values — solitude, quiet recreation, personal challenge, physical fitness, adventure — which make Idaho hunting and fishing so special, are being compromised. Habitat destruction and the disturbance stemming from development, as well as abuse and overuse by irresponsible motorized recreationists is threatening the very things that we hold most dear. We respect the crucial role that all species play in our diverse ecosystems and seek to ensure that species and habitat management decisions are based on sound science instead of politics.
We believe that undeveloped, unspoiled public lands are irreplaceable and must be managed, along with the fish and wildlife it supports, as a sacred public trust.
Idaho Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) support and promote natural resource management policies based on sound scientific principles. By extension, the Idaho BHA chapter is involved in educating hunters and anglers about proposals and current policies that are unsustainable and detrimental to the landscape, wildlife populations, and our ability to pass on our values and traditions to future generations.
The 2012 legislative session has been a challenging and productive time for Idaho BHA. We made a concerted effort to defeat SB 1283, which would allow landowners to sell public wildlife through the controlled hunt permit program to the highest bidder, and HB 542, which would strip the Idaho Department of Fish and Game of its ability to regulate motorized travel while hunting.
In fiercely debated contests both of these short sighted pieces of legislation were eventually defeated! In true BHA fashion grass roots support by our members for sound scientific principles of wildlife management and fair chase ethics ruled the day.
It is exciting to see what a difference we can make!
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.