By BHA Utah Coordinator, Ken Theis
Regardless of the type of equipment one chooses in the pursuit of big game, whether recurve or compound bow, muzzle loader or rifle, hunters all want the same thing—a rewarding experience for their efforts. For some, that might mean plenty of game and lots of opportunities to select an animal from among several possible candidates. It might be the chance to put some healthy meat in the freezer. Yet for others, the payoff may simply be time in the field and a chance to take any legal animal they might encounter. Any hunting experience, however, is more rewarding and exciting when the hunter encounters the game he or she seeks.
Today, despite ever encroaching motorized incursion, there are still some places where good numbers of game animals exist for those willing to make the effort to seek them out. These are the areas that Backcountry Hunters & Anglers actively works to protect.
Public lands are vital to our opportunity for hunting and fishing in Utah. These lands also provide thousands of outdoor-related and other jobs. Quite literally, these lands put food on our tables.
Utah hunters and anglers are serious about the responsibility we share to safeguard public lands.We support county efforts to conserve public lands in ways that work for local communities and preserve our outdoor legacy for future generations.
Let's continue the conversation, work together, and find solutions.
Read the Deseret News article here 6-20-2012
Read the Desert News article here 11-8-2011
News Release by Bill Eckerle, Utah BHA Treasurer published in the Salt Lake Tribune Wed., November 2, 2011
Hearing on new bill scheduled for tomorrow before Rob Bishop’s sub-committee
Salt Lake City (November 2, 2011) – Utah sportsmen and small business owners today raised concerns about congressional legislation that would allow new uranium mining near Grand Canyon National Park — overturning a 20-year moratorium proposed by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to protect the Colorado River, wildlife habitat and the local tourism economy.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers seeks to ensure America's outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands and waters.