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Join BHA in Urging your Senators to Abandon Efforts to Harm Fish, Wildlife, Clean Water

Please join sportsmen in opposing the so-called “Federal Water Quality Protection Act” (S. 1140), which despite its name would fail to protect U.S. streams and wetlands, allow the pollution of our drinking water, and significantly diminish hunting, angling and other recreational opportunities.

This legislation attacks a lengthy, multi-stakeholder federal “rulemaking” aimed at restoring clarity to the Clean Water Act and thereby protecting isolated wetlands that waterfowl need, small headwater streams so important to trout and clean drinking water on which millions of Americans depend.

A final version of the “Waters of the U.S.” rule is expected to be released for public comment shortly. BHA, along with more than 200 sportsmen’s organizations, has joined the 1 million-plus Americans who have submitted public comments in favor of advancing the rule and protecting our nation’s clean water.

Please join us in urging your senators to speak up for healthy fish and wildlife habitat and clean water by calling 202-224-3121.

Support Backcountry Hunters & Anglers' work on behalf of our wild public lands, waters and wildlife by joining BHA here, or by making a tax deductible donation here.

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Join BHA for Life, Get a Seek Outside Tipi & Stove

Become a lifemember of bha today 3MISSOULA, Mont. – Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is pleased to announce a new collaboration with renowned outdoor gear manufacturer and longtime BHA corporate partner Seek Outside. Beginning today, every new BHA Lifetime Member can choose to receive a Seek Outside backcountry tipi and stove.

Seek Outside is a family-owned firm that produces high quality, lightweight and ultralight camping and backpacking products. The company proudly supports conservation and education initiatives such as Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and programs that get kids outside. 

“Seek Outside understands the importance of North America’s public lands and waters in providing outdoor experiences for hunters, anglers and recreationists of all stripes,” said BHA Executive Director Land Tawney. “We’re excited to partner with Seek Outside by offering our members an added incentive to support Backcountry Hunters & Anglers – and our efforts to uphold these opportunities for our kids and grandkids to enjoy.”

Join BHA in May for a Chance to Win a $700 Yeti Cooler Package!

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Join Backcountry Hunters & Anglers during the month of April and you'll be entered into our Gobbler Giveaway for:

  • 1 Tundra 65 Cooler
  • 1 Hopper 20
  • 1 Yeti Colster
  • 1 BHA Hat

Help BHA defend our wild public lands and waters, join Backcountry Hunters & Anglers today and be entered to win great gear from Yeti!


Sage-grouse Measure Has No Place in Defense Bill, Say Sportsmen

sage grouseWASHINGTON - As House members met today to vote on a massive defense spending package, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers roundly condemned a rider in the bill that would block activities aimed at conserving populations of the greater sage-grouse, currently a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act.

Rep. Rob Bishop introduced the measure, which would prohibit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from moving forward with efforts to conserve the grouse, in the National Defense Authorization Act. The House Armed Services Committee considered the legislation this afternoon.

BHA, a sportsmen's group actively engaged in preventing the sage-grouse's listing under the ESA, criticized Bishop's provision and questioned its relevance to the NDAA.

Senate Votes in Favor of Public Lands Seizure, Drawing Criticism from Sportsmen

News for Immediate Release

March 27, 2015

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Senate Votes in Favor of Public Lands Seizure,
Drawing Criticism from Sportsmen

Budget amendment enabling sale, transfer of federal public lands passed yesterday in a 51-49 Senate vote

MISSOULA, Mont. – Following a flurry of votes during last night’s budget deliberations in the U.S. Senate, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers sharply criticized the passage of a measure that would enable the sale or transfer of federal public lands, including national forests, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges and other places relied up by sportsmen and outdoor recreationists.

SA 838, introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski and passed in a 51-49 vote, would support and fund state efforts to take possession of federal public lands.

“Public lands are the fabric that binds America together, and last night’s vote by the Senate sends an alarming message to sportsmen and -women – along with every citizen who values our publicly owned resources,” said BHA Executive Director Land Tawney. “Nationally, an organized, concerted movement is underway to sell off and limit access to America’s public lands and waters. These are not merely the actions of a lunatic fringe. Now is the time to double down and fight back against this ill-conceived idea.”