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BHA's 4th Annual Fishing Photo Contest!

richard willard greenlingAs we commemorate our nation's heritage and welcome the unofficial start of summer, it seems appropriate to acknowledge the role of America's public lands legacy in our summertime traditions.

Here at Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, that means going fishing. And in honor of our public lands angling opportunities, we're giving BHA members a chance to win a wealth of great prizes by entering our 4th annual Backcountry Fishing Photo Contest!

Submit your most picturesque, memorable or entertaining image capturing the backcountry angling experience anytime between July 1-31 for a chance to win one of four fantastic prize packages from Costa, Fishpond, Sage, Rio, Simms, Redington and Souplefly. Check out the prizes and complete contest rules below.

As temperatures rise we remind folks who are releasing fish to #keepemwet. This includes wetting your hands before you handle your subject, keeping it over or in water and, finally, minimizing its time out of the water. Tight lines!

Sneak Peak Into the Summer Backcountry Journal!

BCJSummer15 cover 2The summer issue mailed today! Here’s a little teaser to what’s inside with our Executive Director’s column and “Backcountry Beyond the Horizon,” an awesome story about kayak shark fishing off Long Island, NY. 
Also in this issue we have an excellent break-down of stream access laws around the country, a state-of-the-sage-grouse conservation primer, our new department “Backcountry Bistro” with tips on making stream-side trout ceviche, and much more! 
Look for yours in the mail this week!
Or Join Backcountry Hunters & Anglers today to promptly receive your copy and quarterly issues for the next year!

Expanded Hunting and Fishing on Wildlife Refuges Represents Increased Access, Opportunities for Sportsmen

IMG 1022WASHINGTON – A decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand hunting and angling opportunities on 21 national wildlife refuges across the country drew praise from Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, which works on increasing sportsmen’s access to places to hunt and fish, particularly on publicly owned lands.

USFWS Director Dan Ashe announced the proposal, which was published in the Federal Register today and which would modify existing regulations for more than 100 other refuges and federal wetland management districts. Sportsmen welcomed the good news.

“I’ve hunted waterfowl my entire life on national wildlife refuges that have been funded almost exclusively by sportsmen’s dollars,” said BHA Executive Director Land Tawney. “Refuges are just that: places that provide much-needed solitude and challenge our members crave. Access and opportunity are critical to Americans’ continued ability to enjoy our time-honored traditions of hunting and fishing, and likewise they are central to the mission of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.

Sage-Grouse Management Plans from BLM Key to Conserving Habitat, Avoiding Endangered Listing

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Following the release this morning of management plans for public lands sage-grouse habitat, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers reiterated calls for "collaborative, landscape-level" grouse management that precludes an Endangered Species Act listing for the bird and conserves the unique sagebrush steppe relied on by sage-grouse as well as a host of other species.  

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell outlined the federal government's approach to managing areas inhabited by sage-grouse and bolstering populations of the once-abundant gamebird at a Wyoming event that drew key decision makers from across the West, including Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services faces a September deadline to render a decision on whether or not the sage-grouse merits protection under the Endangered Species Act. Sportsmen remain invested in forestalling the grouse's listing.

Please join BHA, Outdoor Businesses, and hunters and anglers around the country in thanking the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers for Conserving Fish and Wildlife Habitat

Thank you EPA and Army Corps for your 5 2Today, as sportsmen, we thank the administration for standing up for clean water.

Diligent efforts led by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to clarify the federal Clean Water Act will benefit headwater streams and wetlands across the country. At the same time, commonsense exemptions for farmers, ranchers and foresters will encourage wise stewardship of land and water resources. The announcement of the final “Waters of the U.S.” rule represents a good-faith effort to restore the letter of this critical law, conserve our fish and wildlife populations and uphold the integrity of our supply of drinking water.