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Western Sportsmen Support Full Funding of Land & Water Conservation Fund

April 22, 2014

016Dear Chairs Mikulski and Rogers and Ranking Members Shelby and Lowey:

Our organizations represents thousands of hunters and anglers from the American West who have a vital and vested interest in the sustainability and accessibility of quality fish and wildlife habitat for both present and future generations. The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has played a critical role in conserving some of the West’s most important fish and wildlife habitat  and publicly accessible hunting and fishing areas. We request your support for full funding of LWCF in fiscal year 2015.

Some of the most memorable and iconic hunting and fishing experiences of the West can be found on public lands that have benefitted from LWCF funding. A few examples include: Montana’s Tenderfoot Creek, an 8,200 acre checkerboard consolidation in the Little Belt Mountains that is home to a large elk herd and world class wild trout fishing. This acquisition is currently being made possible by LWCF funds. The Greater Little Mountain area in Wyoming is one of the most popular hunting and fishing areas in the state, and LWCF funds were used to acquire the 11,179 acre Devil’s Canyon Ranch, a premiere hunting area with important herds of bighorn sheep, mule deer and elk. Another excellent LWCF success story is the Lake Mead National Recreation Area along the border of Nevada and Arizona. It remains one of the most popular fishing and boating destinations in both states and its fisheries are enhanced through LWCF dollars.

Become a Life Member of BHA, Get a Kimber Firearm

kimberMissoula, 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:

  • $1,000 Life Membership includes a Kimber Micro Carry pistol chambered in .380 – The Micro is a new introduction for Kimber and represents the finest concealed carry .380 handgun ever produced.  Again, the BHA partnership with Kimber allows you to get this new and highly sought-after pistol without waiting more than a year at retail.
  • $2,500 Life Membership includes Kimber’s Mountain Ascent Rifle which comes in four calibers.  Built for extreme hunters, Mountain Ascent rifle is the lightest big game rifle ever produced and our partnership with Kimber allows you to avoid current year+ wait for this rifle.
  • $1,500 Life Membership includes a Kimber Stainless II pistol chambered in .45 ACP.  Kimber 1911 pistols 1911s are the high-end standard for semi auto handguns.  The “Stainless” model is the workhorse of the Kimber line and a “must have” for any shooter who ever dreamed of owning a top quality handgun.

Sportsmen Recognized for Contributions to Backcountry Conservation

bob-mirasoleDENVER, 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.”

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Welcomes Ryan Busse of Kimber as its Newest Board Member

38 Ryan BusseMissoula, 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.

Defending the Antiquities Act, Oppose HR 1459

March 25, 2014

Dear Representative:

1-10-13 RGDNM BLM PHOTO ELK ON WINTER RANGE OF RIO GRANDE DEL NORTE NAT. MONUMENT TOAS PLATEAUBackcountry 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.  

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