Each of us carries on the legacy of Aldo Leopold. Through our actions and voices we can make a difference in conserving our public lands, waters and wildlife for current and future generations. Collectively, we have accomplished much in 2018. Here's a glimpse of what our supporters have allowed BHA to achieve this year:
- BHA brought on five new chapters, including Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota and Ohio.
- In advance of the 2018 election, BHA launched a “Vote Public Lands & Waters” effort, releasing candidate questionnaires and providing information on key ballot measures. All three ballot measures in which BHA engaged resulted in major wins for public lands, waters and wildlife.
Access & Opportunity
- BHA members provided widespread support of the recent expansion of hunting and fishing access in national wildlife refuges across the country.
- In Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, BHA chapters were successful in safeguarding public access to public lands by stopping proposals that could have cut off access to public lands from public roads.
Public Lands & Waters
- In September, BHA celebrated Public Lands Month by organizing 53 events and 20 work projects at which BHA members helped restore trails, pick up trash, install gates and signs to curtail illegal motorized use and more – all in the heart of archery season.
- In partnership with our state and federal land managers, BHA chapters and college clubs helped organized a range of work service projects, signage installations and “adopt a wildlife area” programs.
- BHA's Texas chapter joined forces with Texas Parks & Wildlife and a coalition of other groups in legally defending an attack on the state’s authority to regulate wild and captive deer populations.
- We launched a formal partnership with Orion - The Hunters Institute to foster discussion on fair chase and hunting ethics.
Outreach & Education
- BHA’s youthful energy, diverse demographic and strong conservation ethic continues to attract an array of new hunters. To help equip these new hunters with the skills and ethics needed to hunt safely and successfully, BHA’s collegiate program expanded our Hunting for Sustainability program in three new states, reaching dozens of college-aged prospective hunters, 80% of whom purchased a hunting license after completion of the course.
With your help, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers will continue to grow in 2019 as a force for sustaining wild lands, wildlife, native fisheries and the kind of authentic experiences that inspire a life spent outdoors.