Idaho BHA leaders and volunteers staffed a booth at the 2020 Camo at the Capital event on February 18th, 2020. Camo at the Capital, hosted by Idaho Wildlife Federation and Idaho Trout Unlimited, is an opportunity for hunting, angling and conservation minded groups to educate Idaho legislators about the importance of Idaho’s public lands, waters and wildlife. BHA joined many other conservation groups to help demonstrate the public support for wildlife, public lands and conservation.
As part of the event, Idaho BHA leaders attended seminars on topics including: How to effectively advocate issues within the legislature, Salmon and steelhead recovery, and other key legislative items. BHA leaders also took time to visit their specific legislative leaders, introduce themselves as a constituent, and asked them to do right by fish, wildlife & public lands.
Idaho Governor Brad Little spent approximately 30 minutes meeting with about 50 representatives of the various conservation groups. The conversation mostly revolved around important topics to Idaho hunters and anglers, such as: protecting access to public lands, providing quality big game winter range, understanding big game migration routes, having fair and effective representation on the Idaho Fish & Game commission, and managing wildfires and timber harvest to maximize quality wildlife habitat.
Following the day of education, over twenty Idaho BHA leaders and volunteers attended the legislative reception for a chance to meet and greet local legislators and wildlife professionals to discuss conservation issues in an informal setting.