Missoula, MT – Backcountry Hunters & Anglers announced today that they will be offering several options for those who would like to become life members of the organization. Those who sign up between now and the end of 2014 can choose a particular life membership plan that allows them to select one of three firearms from Kimber America. The options are as follows:
DENVER, CO - Four sportsmen from across the West were presented with awards at the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers’ Annual National Rendezvous in Denver, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to protecting backcountry habitat and promoting conservation efforts.
Jim Posewitz of Helena, Montana; Bob Mirasole of Chattaroy, Washington; Oscar Simpson of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Scott Willoughby of Eagle, Colorado were the recipients of this year’s awards.
“The awardees truly embody the boots-on-the-ground conservation ethic our membership values” said National Board Member and Awards Committee Chair, Jay Banta. “These guys live for hunting and fishing the backcountry and have dedicated a good part of their lives to keeping that tradition alive. Our national awards are but one small way to distinguish their ongoing efforts.”
Missoula, MT - Backcountry Hunters & Anglers announced today that Ryan Busse will join its National Board of Directors. Born and raised on the prairies of western Kansas, Busse began casting a fly rod at the age of 5 and developed a passion for fishing backcountry streams during family trips to Colorado and Wyoming. After earning his degree, Busse moved to northwest Montana where he took a job running the sales department for Kimber Firearms. Nearly 20 years have passed since he took the job,
During Busse’s tenure at Kimber, the company has grown to become one of America’s leading firearms companies.
. Mr. Busse has served on several volunteer boards and advisory councils during his professional career and is a passionate advocate for backcountry.
March 25, 2014
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers has members in all 50 states and is committed to protecting wild public lands, water and wildlife. Stripping the Antiquities Act of its historical authority to safeguard special public lands, means less opportunity for hunters and anglers. BHA supports boots-on-the-ground knowledge of local places, conservation of critical wildlife habitat and the ability of citizens to educate our elected officials on the importance of these lands and waters.
The Antiquities Act was passed in 1906 by Republican Congressman John Lacey. Lacey was an avid sportsman known for passing bedrock conservation laws that made the restoration of wildlife in America possible. Without the foresight and action of Congressman Lacey, the average sportsman in America, like those who are members of BHA, would not enjoy the abundant outdoor opportunities we have today.
Dear Chairman Rogers, Chairwoman Mikulski, Ranking Member Lowey, and Ranking Member Shelby,
Since 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been one of the most successful federal conservation programs. LWCF has played a crucial role in the conservation of our nation's natural resources, and the program has long enjoyed bipartisan support. As we move toward a crucial time in the appropriations process, it is essential that LWCF remain a Congressional priority.
LWCF is premised on a reasonable bargain, utilizing royalties from offshore oil and gas production to conserve important natural resources. LWCF dollars conserve important fish and wildlife habitat, and improve access for economically important outdoor recreation like hunting and angling. LWCF funds have been leveraged with private dollars to help conserve wetlands and native grasslands through voluntary easements on private lands across the Prairie Pothole region. In the West, Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars have conserved some of the best big game and fish habitat in the world, and have assured that those acres remain accessible to hunters and anglers. And in the South, LWCF funding of Forest Legacy projects have kept working forest lands working while enhancing habitat for bobwhite quail, wild turkeys, and native brook trout. LWCF is helping to conserve landscapes critical to sportsmen.