The chapter has added a number of new chapter leaders to accommodate the growth we are seeing from last year. With this new blood in the chapter, we have greatly increased our capacity to be more engaged in policy and have started planning more events and volunteer opportunities moving forward in 2019.
With the state legislation in full swing, most of our attention has been towards commenting and activating our members to voice our opinion on bills focused on public lands and our hunting and fishing heritage. Like most states, Nevada currently has a number of bills, both good and bad, that would ultimately affect our public lands and how we recreate on them. AB 84 and SB 316 are two bills the chapter plans to support that would help fund public lands recreation and enforce laws ensuring sportsman have full access to state lands without being harassed. Luckily, the sportsmen and women in the state created a loud enough voice to kill the top two bad bills that would severely hamper our hunting heritage. These bills would have effectively banned trapping and would have made it illegal to host coyote hunts in the states. While BHA’s focus is creating the voice for wild public lands, water and wildlife in the state. It is important to advocate for keeping wildlife management strategies within agencies responsible for making science-based wildlife decisions and out of the hands of legislators.
If you would like to know more about the chapter or would like to volunteer for an event, please email the chapter at Nevada@backcountryhunters.org.