Public Lands Pack Out 2020

The 2020 Public Land Pack Out is over, and we shattered our goal. Together, BHA members stepped up to remove 4,175 bags of trash from our public lands. Your efforts were instrumental in helping unlock a $5,000 contribution from our friends at First Lite to support our work on behalf on public lands and waters. Collectively, we have left our public lands a little better than we found them – and we’ve encouraged public land owners everywhere to help pack out trash when they see it.
Thank you for setting the example!

This Public Lands Month, BHA members shouldered the task of keeping our public lands and waters clean and open to recreation. Our volunteers made our 2020 Public Land Pack Out a record-breaking success!

A year ago, in September 2019, BHA members launched our first ever public lands cleanup event. The 2019 Public Land Pack Out removed 600 bags of trash from fishing access sites, wildlife management areas and other public lands and waters. In September 2020, our goal was 1,000 bags – a goal that was incinerated as our community tackled the challenge.

To support this effort, our friends at First Lite generously donated $5 to BHA for every bag of trash packed out, up to $5,000. First Lite also gave away 20 $100 gift cards to the top trash packers - and gave 10 additional gift cards to those who shared Pack Out photos with the hashtag #publiclandpackout and #publiclandowner.

“First Lite is proud to support BHA’s Public Land Pack Out,” said Ford Van Fossan, First Lite’s conservation and content manager. “There’s no better way to generate some good hunting karma while helping to keep our wild places pristine.”

“Time and time again, our volunteers rise to the occasion,” concluded BHA President and CEO Land Tawney. “Not only did we smash our Pack Out record from last year, we also cleaned up public lands all across North America!”

Thank you, First Lite, and thanks again to our members! You help make our public lands and waters better!

We’re looking forward to 2021 and raising the bar even higher!


The brand new Camp Pendleton (California) Club, part of BHA's Armed Forces Initiative, packed out 11-plus bags of trash. Photo submitted by Pendleton Club President Brett O’Mara. 

OK BHA stepped up in a big way to clean up public lands and state wildlife areas across the state with Pack Out events organized at the Blue River Public Hunting and Fishing Area, Beaver River Wildlife Management Area in the Panhandle, Lexington WMA, Heyburn WMA and the Cross Timbers WMA. Photo shared by Oklahoma BHA Board Chair Josh Karum.

Arkansas BHA Member Tara Lopez packed out 10 bags of public land trash on her own.

Capitol Chapter BHAer Jonathan Mathews packed out a couple bags of trash while hunting. 

One of a number of Pack Out events organized by the Kansas chapter. Two Kansas corporate partners, Waltons and SMH Consultants, each committed to contribute $5 for every bag of public land refuse packed out in Kansas in September. The Kansas chapter packed out 248 bags of public land trash over the course of the month. 

Wyoming BHA packed out trailers full of trash during Public Lands Month. Pictured is a Roger’s Canyon Pack Out Event.

Pennsylvania BHA member Eric Starkowicz packed out some chanterelles and a couple bags of trash.

New Mexico BHA packed out countless bags of trash at this Public Land Pack Out event, organized in coordination with New Mexico Game & Fish.

Montana BHA, working alongside Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, hosted a socially distanced group Pack Out on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 26, at the newly acquired C. Ben White Memorial Fishing Access Site near Conner, Montana.

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