Backcountry Beat October 2020
On the opening day of Montana's rifle antelope season a couple of weeks ago, I found myself solo in a part of the state I haven’t frequented much. With onX Maps in hand, I hunted on National Wildlife Refuge System, Bureau of Land Management, state and private lands. At one point, through the use of Montana’s Block Management Program, our state's public access to private land program, I drifted in and out of public and private land like it was my own.
I am deeply thankful for this opportunity. While the stars didn’t align with an antelope finding its way into my cooler, I came home with a renewed sense of the importance of our private and public partnerships. As we work to implement the Land and Water Conservation Fund, these partnerships will become even more important.
The season is young here in Montana, and across the continent we all have months more of opportunity to fill our freezers out on our public lands and waters. Enjoy!
Take advantage of this time of year; you deserve it. You all do so much day in and day out. Together, BHA chapter leaders, volunteers and staff picked up over 4,000 bags worth of trash on our public lands during the month of September. Suffice to say: we shattered our 1,000 bag goal. Thank you! This has been a year of accomplishment for our community despite the storms we're weathering.
As you get after it this hunting season, stop to take stock of the privileges we share. Whether it's public access to public land, public access to private land, clean water, or healthy fish and game populations, we're all responsible for the future of this inheritance and the prosperity of our North American hunting and fishing heritage. Make sure that when you cast your vote this week, public lands and waters play a role in the decisions you make at the ballot box. Visit our Vote Public Lands and Waters page to learn more about what you can do, and grab some Vote Public Lands and Waters gear while you're there!
Let's keep the big Mo rolling this hunting season and keep pushing our collective priorities! Whether it's the Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act, the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act, the push to stop Pebble Mine or our campaign to remove William Perry Pendley from his role at the Bureau of Land Management, stay involved and stay engaged!
Onward and upward,
President & CEO
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers