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Richard Pond

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earned +20bgl for Congress Plus Advocacy: Support the Digitized Mapping of Our Public Lands 2020-04-27 22:30:35 -0600

earned +20bgl for Congress Plus Advocacy: Reject Anti-Public Lands BLM Pick 2019-08-01 22:42:12 -0600


earned +20bgl for Congress Web: Urge Your Members of Congress to Reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund 2018-11-26 22:47:34 -0700

earned +20bgl for Congress Web: Stand Up for the Boundary Waters 2018-11-01 22:30:44 -0600

earned +20bgl for Congress Web: Hunters and anglers urge you to advance sportsmen's priorities 2018-08-23 22:34:58 -0600

earned +20bgl for Congress Web: Tell Congress: Stand Up for Our Public Lands 2018-08-18 22:30:11 -0600

earned +20bgl for Congress Web: Join TX BHA in Supporting Expansion of Black Gap Wildlife Management Area 2018-08-18 22:30:10 -0600

earned +20bgl for Congress Web: Join Sportsmen and Women in Fighting Sen. Mike Lee's Plan to Privatize Public Lands 2018-08-18 22:30:08 -0600


earned +20bgl for Congress Web: Join Sportsmen and Women in Fighting Sen. Mike Lee's Plan to Privatize Public Lands 2018-07-03 22:43:35 -0600

answered 2018-05-24 15:07:38 -0600
Q: Any additional thoughts you would like to share with BHA?
A: I continually think about how BHA needs to get out its message and increase the effectiveness of issues advocacy. Honestly, I don’t know whether money and time is better spent on lobbying efforts or membership recruitment and advertising. Other issues-oriented organizations appear to me to focus less on membership outreach – which I feel is BHA’s spends an awful lot of time doing – and more on legal and legislative strategies. Some of our toughest competitors on the other side of issues we care about have almost no (zero) “public” members and instead are dominated by a few extremely wealthy supporters. Take the American Lands Council, which has the support of many, many state/local/federal politicians and elected members of legislatures and Congress. I promise you they didn’t do it hosting Pint Nights. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE BHA’s grassroots focus, as it adds an incredible and powerful base of political support and advocacy. I just never hear or read about all the BHA is doing at the government level, at the Agency level, etc. There are public lands in Texas that should be better managed for hunting (for example, the Caddo-LBJ Grasslands National Forest), but the Forest Service’s “multi-use” mandate means that all of the horse trail-riders and cattle-grazers run off most of the game animals (especially deer and turnkey) leaving little opportunity for hunters. Just as hunters have “seasons” and are restricted from hunting except during designated months, the same should be true for cattle grazers and trail riders. Why should trail riders not pay for “licenses” to trail ride, and not be required to get out of the forests during certain times of the hunting seasons? Instead, hunters are required to avoid areas where trail riders recreate, and to pay for the privilege! This is but one example of “administrative” and “management” changes for our National Forests BHA could focus on that could have far-reaching benefits for hunters nation-wide.

answered 2018-05-24 14:49:11 -0600
Q: Are you willing to volunteer?
A: Meet with/telephone local/state/federal elected officials and agency officials; assist with volunteer work projects to improve wildlife ecosystems (hands-on work projects); assist with volunteer projects to improve hunter access to public lands (could include almost anything, from helping to write content for proposals, to meeting/phoning governing bodies, etc.); write content for emails/BHA Journal; tell family and friends about BHA; attend Pint Nights/Meet=and-Greets.

answered 2018-05-24 14:43:03 -0600
Q: What is the highest degree or level of school you have completed?
A: Master's degree

answered 2018-05-24 14:42:53 -0600
Q: Do you affiliate with a political party?
A: Republican

answered 2018-05-24 14:42:27 -0600
Q: What is the main issue you want BHA to focus on?
A: Access to public lands and waters

answered 2018-05-24 14:42:16 -0600
Q: What is your preferred source of information about BHA’s work?
A: Backcountry Beat e-newsletter

answered 2018-05-24 14:41:41 -0600
Q: How did you find out about BHA?
A: Podcast

answered 2018-05-24 14:41:18 -0600
Q: What activities do you enjoy on public lands?
A: Duck hunting, turkey hunting, elk hunting, deer hunting. Saltwater wade fishing, fresh and saltwater fly fishing, hiking, camping.

answered 2018-05-24 14:39:26 -0600
Q: What percentage do you hunt, fish or recreate on public lands?
A: 100%

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