On Tuesday, June 23rd, Leaders from the Montana Chapter of BHA hosted an outdoor BHA member meeting and state lands cleanup at a site targeted as a potential public shooting range. At this time, the specific DNRC parcel is open to recreational shooting, but rogue shooters and users who don't clean up after themselves are putting the future public use of this property at risk. In an attempt of goodwill and to send a message to those shortsighted target shooters, BHA members once again elected to lead by example.
18 public lands owners including two FWP wardens rolled up their sleeves and disposed of thousands of casings, shotgun shells and pieces of clay pigeons. Alongside numerous bags of garbage picked up, the group cheered to a job well done (with some Public Land Owner Pale Ales, of course).
The meeting, led by BHA life member Dane Rider, included updates on the Great American Outdoors Act, the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act and the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act, as well as upcoming BHA events (Campfire Stories, Total Archery Challenge) and the newly launched longbow/pack sweepstakes.
A special shoutout to Paul and Jen Lewis of FHF Gear for not only showing up but dragging their entire family of six with them! And thanks to the representatives from the Montana Bowhunters Association who were also present.
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