In October of 2017 BHA member John Tinnell was hunting in the Fortification Creek Wilderness Study Area (WSA) with his son when they encountered a vehicle parked in this non-motorized area. By taking a picture of the license plate with his GPS in the same frame John was able to submit a report to the local game warden that same day - leading to a successful citation for illegal travel within the WSA. These type of efforts by our members have helped protect critical wildlife habitat and the integrity of backcountry landscapes across North America. It's important that we work to educate public land users on legal OHV travel on public lands and to hold individuals accountable who break the law.
Since its inception, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers has served as the leading sportsmen organization dedicated to addressing illegal motorized use. Much of this work has been driven by our boots on the ground – local members who have stepped up to fight illegal motorized use where it’s occurring. We do this in two ways - by education public land users through OHV signage and by holding individuals accountable who break the law. BHA stands behind its local members by providing funding for OHV signage program and by issuing $500 rewards to members who are able to aid in the successful citation of illegal motorized travel. You can learn more about these programs here.