Nov. 19, 2014 – A new poll shows that sportsmen and women in the heart of greater sage-grouse country want to protect the bird and the sagebrush landscape that supports it, other wildlife and the Western way of life.
The results released Wednesday by the National Wildlife Federation show that a majority of sportsmen surveyed in 11 Western states back restrictions in important habitat to save the greater sage-grouse and avoid its placement on the federal Endangered Species List. A listing likely would lead to more stringent, long-term constraints that would affect such activities as hunting, fishing, recreation and grazing, said John Gale, NWF’s national sportsmen’s campaign manager.
A new video developed by the University of Wyoming, highlights the importance of designated wilderness areas for five of Wyoming’s migratory big-game species. The researchers detail how elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep and pronghorn all use Wyoming and Colorado wilderness areas, mostly as high-country summer range. It’s the first time that these migration corridors have been mapped to specifically see how animals use wilderness areas.
These wildlife migration patterns have been mapped and are highlighted in the video above.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Releases Public Lands Report to Educate Sportsmen and Decision Makers on the Need to Keep Public Lands in Public Hands
For Immediate Release
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Missoula, MT – Today, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) released “Our Public Lands-Not for Sale”, detailing how the proposed transfer, or sale, of America’s federal public lands would negatively affect sportsmen and women in the United States. A growing number of western state legislators and federal elected officials are advocating for the transfer or all out sale of federal public lands. This report highlights how these ideas are nothing new and if they come to pass, how detrimental they would be to America’s sportsmen and women, ultimately resulting in loss of access to quality habitat for hunting and fishing.
The report also illustrates the incredible potential harm to both the outdoor business community and sportsmen and women. More than two thirds of hunters in the 11 Western states depend on public lands for all or part of their hunting, including both resident and non-resident hunters. And, outdoor recreation supports $646 billion in revenue and 6.1 million jobs annually.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is 100% against the transfer, or sale, of our federal public lands. While we think that federal land management could be improved, this is no time to throw the baby out with the bathwater. We look forward to working with elected officials from both sides of the aisle to protect our outdoor heritage and keep public lands in public hands,” said Land Tawney, Executive Director of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.
“Without public land we would be out of business, in fact, we would have never gotten into business because there would be no reason to make hunting clothes if only a select few could participate. The opportunity for individuals to access beautiful and wild places in an equitable manner is one of the core American values that enriches the quality of life for all,” said Kenton Carruth, Founder, First Lite, Idaho.
Those of us who had the pleasure of knowing Larry Fischer of Boise, Idaho, know that he was a big man with a big heart and big ideas. Larry joined the national board of BHA in 2012 at our first Rendezvous in Missoula, MT. Prior to that time, he was active in the Idaho chapter and was one of our state regional reps and remained so up until his passing. Larry was a driving force to include more business partners in supporting BHA, both in Idaho and nationally. Larry and his late father, Bernie, were partners in B.A. Fischer Sales Company, a regional wholesale irrigation supply house where his son, Blake, is now in charge. Those of you who knew Larry know it was almost impossible to say “No” to him: he just wouldn’t accept that answer when he was calling on you for support of a good cause. Larry and Blake lead the charge for business involvement in our 2013 Rendezvous in Boise, ensuring that the event would be a financial success as well as a chance for like-minded sportsmen and women to meet one another and share ideas and knowledge.
Fall is upon us and BHA is celebrating by kicking off our 3rd Annual Hunting Photo Contest, sponsored by Filson. So next time you head afield in pursuit of backcountry birds, bucks or bugles, don’t forget your camera!
Share your favorite hunting photos as part of BHA’s 3rd Annual Hunting Photo Contest and win quality hunting gear from Filson. To enter, upload your photos HERE, along with a brief description of your image by December 1. Winners will be selected by a panel of BHA experts and the photo with the most “likes” will receive a prize for “people’s choice.” Winners will also be featured in the forthcoming issue of the Backcountry Journal.
This year, we will choose winners based on categories – The Hunt, The Harvest, The Haunts and Wildlife, and The People’s Choice.