FAQ: Armed Forces Initiative

As the Armed Forces Initiative (AFI) campaign launches, interest has spiked. To provide initial clarity on AFI, we've decided to list our most commonly asked questions for the program. This list will be updated and amended over time to supply the highest quality of answers for those interested in learning more and how to get involved with the AFI program. 


Q: What is the Armed Forces Initiative program?

A: The AFI program through Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is a multi-faceted approach to engaging active duty and veterans to ensure North America's outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands and waters. This will include building installation leadership and resources to ease the barrier of entry for hunting and angling opportunities on and around military bases and the immediate surrounding regions. These volunteer leaders will also build educational, entertaining, competitive, and tribe building that align with BHA's mission and values.


Q: What programs do you offer to help active duty and veterans get involved in hunting and fishing?

A: Active duty members in installations and veter


Q: Is this Armed Forces program only for Special Operations soldiers?

A: No, this is for any and all soldiers in all of the branches of service.


Q: Does this involve the Canadian armed forces along with the US? 

A: Yes, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers includes Canadian provinces along with the United States. Efforts in the Armed Forces campaign will include all areas active under Backcountry Hunters & Anglers efforts.


Q: What important legislation do active duty and veteran BHA members need to know about?

A: There are two legislation efforts that BHA is currently focusing on that is important for military members to know about. These are the Great American Outdoors Act and the Accelerating Veterans Outdoor Recovery Act. 


Q: How does BHA plan to get military members involved in legislative efforts?



Q: How can I get involved?

A: link back to get involved page


Q: How can I get informed?



About Morgan Mason

Hot on the heels of pointing dogs, Morgan cut his teeth on life and hunting in the milo stubble and CRP fields in northeastern Kansas. He spent his adolescence and teen years hunting, fishing, and working on the family's quarter-section cattle farm. At