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Sportsmen Applaud Historic Move to Conserve America’s Finest Habitat

MISSOULA, Mont. – Backcountry Hunters & Anglers applauded federal legislation passed by the Senate today which protects habitat, access and outdoor opportunity for some of America’s finest hunting lands and fishing waters.

“Today’s bipartisan action in Washington D.C. packs historic benefits for America’s outdoors families,” said Land Tawney, executive director of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. “This conservation vision represents decades of hard work by hunters and anglers and other partners to keep America’s Great Outdoors the envy of the world. This is an important day for sportsmen today and for generations to come.”

Today, the Senate passed a massive bill to fund the Department of Defense which now goes to the President’s desk for final passage.  Tawney highlighted several habitat conservation measures attached to that bill: the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act in Colorado; the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act and North Fork Protection Act in Montana; the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Act in New Mexico and the Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act.

Colorado Sportsmen Applaud Renewed Effort to Protect Browns Canyon

BC Meeting 103SALIDA, CO – After more than 15 years of bi-partisan efforts to protect Browns Canyon, sportsmen are pleased by the prospect that more than 20,000 acres in Browns Canyon could finally be conserved as a National Monument under the Antiquities Act.

On December 6th Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet join key officials from the Obama Administration for a public meeting aimed at gauging public support for a National Monument Designation for Browns.  The meeting will take place at 1:00 PM at the Salida Steamplant.

Browns Canyon is well known by sportsmen for its gold medal fishing waters and mid-elevation elk, mule deer and bighorn sheep habitat.

New Poll Shows Western Sportsmen See Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation as Important

greatersagegrouseNov. 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.

New Video Highlights Importance of Wilderness for Wildlife

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.

Our Public Lands: Not For Sale

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

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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 Not For Salesportsmen 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.