This Dirtball Debutant is walking miles to get in shape for hunting season with a little competitive nudge. Hiking gives you time to hone your navigation skills, scout, get your pack set up right and spend some time in the trees! Support Backcountry Hunters and Anglers!
Last year Hike to Hunt was such a thrill for me, I hiked 170 miles and raised over $1,500 for BHA. This year I am going at it even harder! I joined BHA 2 years ago and it has quickly become one of my strongest passions. As an organization, we fight to protect public lands, and the access to those special places where we can adventure.
Last year, a few buddies and I hiked New Hampshire's presidential traverse in the final weekend of Hike to Hunt. This year, we aim to do all 24 miles in a single day!
Friends and Family,
During these times of the COVID-19 a lot of us have taken to the outdoors to relieve the stresses of the lock down. Whether you've hiked or camped in the Spring Mountain Range, swam, boated, or fished in Lake Mead/Lake Mohave, or ridden ATVs on BLM land you were doing such on public land. So, for the next few weeks I will hiking to fund raise on behalf of Back Country Hunters and Anglers in support of maintaining these lands and waters for all to enjoy for generations to come.
Public lands are a big part of my life, and the work that BHA does to fight for it matters. I'm fundraising to help BHA deliver on its mission, and continue to be the baddest group of conservationists on the planet!
When I first moved to southern Ohio I moved 12 hours away from my Fiancee and 5 hours away from friends and family. My favorite activity to quell the homesick loneliness was hiking in East Fork State Park. This is a park that has many challenges as people do not treat this park with the utmost respect, as they should. This is often the case with public lands. I know however, for every one bad public land participant there are 10 good ones. BHA has shown me that.
To help keep public lands in public hands.
I’m fundraising to preserve the remaining intact old growth ecosystems on Vancouver Island that are critical habitat for so many of the iconic west coast animals.
The money raised goes to support wildlife and healthy habitat which is good for us all. If you’re a fan of fresh air and clean water, please consider donating to my hike to hunt campaign. Plus, it’s a great motivator to get outside and get in shape.
I'm fundraising for BHA's Hike To Hunt Challenge 2020 to raise money and awareness for our federally managed public lands & waters, and a vital non-profit organization, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, who work hard to keep these lands and waters in the hands of all American citizens. I took 2nd place in the first Hike to Hunt Challenge in 2017, when it was just a fundraising challenge. Got me a sweet Kifaru pack out of it, but the gear is not the point at all. I've got all the gear I need (not all that I want, but what I need to get the job done) I'm just glad to be able to raise some coin for BHA and bring awareness of the public land issues in this country to my friends, relatives, coworkers and acquaintances.
I am fundraising for Hike To Hunt because I care about the health and longevity of our public lands in this country. Not just for hunting and fishing purposes, but for access, parks, trails, pools, and all other public land initiatives.
We at Old Breed Outdoors value the experiences that the outdoors provides for all to enjoy. The ability for anyone in this great nation to have the opportunity to get outside and have access to vast amounts of public lands is a gift that is very important to us. However, in order to protect these lands, and access to those lands, it requires us to give back in any way we can. The Hike To Hunt Challenge is just one of the many ways to do so. It is our hope that by participating in this year's challenge we can help raise money that Backcountry Hunters and Anglers can put right back to work for all of us that get to enjoy our public lands. Further, we hope that we are able to raise awareness on those topics that are of such importance to us all and inspire others to join us on the trail.
Please join me in raising funds for our wild public lands, waters and wildlife. And getting in shape while doing it. Become a part of the Hike to Hunt Challenge by signing up on your own or you can donate to the cause through my profile and make me suffer one boot step at a time!
I pledge to walk 1 mile for every $10 raised. My goal - 200 miles hiked and $2,000 raised. Help me reach that goal for our wild public lands, waters and wildlife by contributing funds to BHA through my profile and help us win!
If you can chip in $1, $5 or $500 every one counts! Together we can win this! Follow along here as we start this challenge June 16th and end August 16th.
Thank you in advance for your dedication to our public lands and waters!
Our family has the most fun out playing in our public lands and waters. The guys and I are trying to raise as much as possible for BHA -a cause that works hard to preserve our public lands and waters for all to use. Please consider donating a buck or $50 for the cause!
Jett & Tash - 100 mi
Me - 150 mi
Sean - 1,000,000 mi
To do my part in raising money towards conservation all while getting in better shape and exploring more of the beautiful backcountry we all have access to
To raise awareness for the benefits of public lands and the need to protect, expand, and improve them. Check out @hikingforpubliclands for weekly updates and information on the history of public lands.
I am fundraising because I love the outdoors and public land. This organization fights for gaining new public lands along with access to the land. I believe in what they stand for and are doing for the outdoor community. Whether your a hiker, hunter, fisherman, mountain biker, bird watcher, or love to do anything outside this fundraiser helps us all maintain our opportunists to the areas that we love to spend time in.
I love our public lands.
I love the outdoors.
Wildlife is delicious and sustainable :)
This year, I'm dedicating my hikes to my sister, Leah Wilsey, and her daughters, Kaleigh and Paige. Last year, my sister passed away after a long battle with brain cancer leaving my two beautiful nieces in the care of our family. Through these times, my escape into the wild and the times I've spent with my nieces on public lands and waters has been the most helpful and therapeutic way to deal with our family's massive loss.
Our public lands and waterways are some of the greatest gifts bestowed upon us as Americans and we must continue to protect them for future generations of hunters, anglers, hikers and outdoor adventurers to come. As Doug Duren says, "It's not ours, it's just our turn." My hope is that these places remain for my nieces and their families and generations to come.
BHA has lead the way in the continuing fight to protect these treasures and has brought together people from all walks of life in a common goal: To keep public lands in public hands and the protect them in perpetuity.
I'm pledging to hike 200 miles with a $1,500 fundraising goal. I also challenge others to get out there and hike! Enjoy the lands and waterways and all of the amazing experiences they provide.
Take the time to explore our public lands. Keep it clean and keep it public.
- Dale Wilsey Jr.
To challenge myself. For continuous improvement. Because time spent hiking and running provide peace and clarity. To see new places and experience new things. And to ensure that BHA continues to be a powerhouse advocating on behalf of our public lands, waters and wildlife
So our children and grandchildren can enjoy our public lands like I have.
I need some motivation to get in shape for elk hunting this fall, and raising money for BHA seems like great motivation!
Increasing awareness and raising $$$ in defense of our wild public lands, waters and wildlife.
If my pursuit of wild treasures in wild places can in any way help raise funds for BHA to keep fighting for all of our public land and waters, it seems like the sensible thing to do.
I am fundraising to increase awareness for the issues facing public lands and waters. Through this campaign, I hope to bring awareness to the public lands available in Central WI, show the benefits these public lands provide and entice others to explore public lands.
To support BHA
Public lands are special places to me and my family. I'm fundraising to help protect our public lands. There are too many threats to our public lands and we need to fight to make sure that we can always enjoy access while conserving and enhancing habitat and wildlife.
To raise money and awareness for public land and water access. Conservation of the outdoors is critical for continued access for hunting, fishing and all outdoor recreation.
Aside from the great motivation that this challenge brings, the money raised goes to a great organization. Backcountry Hunter and Anglers (BHA) is grassroots public lands advocacy organization that is full of passionate people. The community recognizes the importance of public lands for all people of this country no matter their interest. They are also an organization that is full of people that want to share what they have and know. They are also full of people willing to learn, protect, and improve public lands and access to them.
BHA can be an ally in the face of mounting pressure to eliminate hunting as a pastime and BHA does a lot of work advocating Public Lands and making sure that they continue to receive the protection they need to remain wild and undeveloped for us to enjoy and to ensure they remain for our children and future generations.
A thing is right when it preserves the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise. - Aldo Leopold
Protect wildlife, wild places and access to both.
To help out public lands and water and to be in a physical condition to utilize them most excellently.
I'm fundraising because BHA is a great organization. Being members has done so much for ur family! Funding the work of BHA is important!
Our progress will benefit all outdoors men and women by providing funding to protect public lands, waters, and wildlife habitats.
Want to generate awareness for our public lands and BHA! Also to give people motivation to get out there and enjoy the outdoors.
Being able to use our public lands to its fullest extent, means the world to me. I thoroughly enjoy everything that it has to offer. Please help me in supporting our great public lands.
Why is anyone doing it? Conservation + fitness = pure joy
The vast majority of my hunting & fishing occurs on public land. Millions of Americans enjoy our public lands every day. The value of the outdoors has been highlighted more than ever in a year where our recreating options were eliminated in most other spaces. I already enjoy going outside - might as well support conservation along the way!
I want to help educate others about hunting and the outdoors much like BHA does with their Hunting for Sustainability program. I am fundraising to help BHA continue to run these programs and advocate for our public lands and waters.
I support BHA because, as a military family, public lands and waters are the only places that my sons and I can enjoy the outdoors. With the continuous moving, we don’t have the option to buy large tracts of land or the time to build relationships with landowners. BHA’s mission to keep public lands in public hands ensures that I will be able to teach my sons about the outdoors, and they will be able to pass that on in the future.
1. Because I like to give BHA all my monies
2. Because I need to beat Land at one more thing
3. Because I need to get in shape to slay this fall
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is an amazing conservation organization who’s primary focus of protecting our Public Lands is an important foundation for my family’s lifestyle. I want my son to grow up enjoying the public lands I have been so privileged to enjoy myself.
We know we're hiking anyway (especially in the short Montana summers), so why not give a little back while doing something we love?
I'm hiking in order to demonstrate the diversity and importance of our public lands. I also want to encourage others to explore these wonderful places on their own.
Those who know me often hear me say, "BHA." My hope is that by participating in this years hike to hunt challenge I can share with people my love for this organization and help build awareness for the issues facing our wild public lands and waters. I encourage everyone to head over to Backcountry Hunters and Anglers website to learn more about BHA's mission.
I’m fundraising for The Backcountry hunters and anglers because I want to do my part in ensuring hunting and fishing on public lands will always be available for future generations.
I was raised to be a Stewart of God's creations. Not just for me but for all and every generation to come. BHA is a brother and sisterhood of like minded people aiming to see everyone has access to these wonders. I am just trying to do my part and on a personal goal to better my health.
We want to keep our favorite hunting spots and fishing holes public.
The outdoors are amazing--with this opportunity to get healthier, get in shape for hunting season, and raise money and awareness of the millions upon millions of acres of public land in the US its a no brainer.
On a more personal note, I'm using this as motivation to get healthy to have more energy and endurance to keep up with my 2 kids.
To support an awesome cause and to get some early season fitness too.
Raise funds for the great outdoors. Bring awareness to current hot topics. Get physically prepared for fall activites.
I support BHA's mission to protect public land and secure access for all. In particular I'm proud of the organizations recent commitment to increase awareness of and access to public lands to all communities.
Hike to Hunt supports BHA and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers helps keep public land public. I am proud to be a public land owner and I am hiking to keep it that way for everyone!
The goals of BHA are nearly identical to my own. I believe the world is a better place when more people spend more time enjoying the outdoors. And the places they spend that time helps determine how much better that person becomes. While it may be a small inner city park space or the wide open spaces of true wilderness, time outdoors benefits those who spend time there.
To support BHA's efforts to keep public lands public and accessible.
I joined the BHA Hike to Hunt 2020 presented by Under Armour Challenge on @MapMyFitness.
My goal is to hike 400 miles by August 31st for our public land, waters, & wildlife. As part of Hike to Hunt 2020, I would like to set an ambitious goal of raising $2,500 to help fund the great work Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is doing for conservation.
Public lands are incredibly important to me. They have afforded me many opportunities that would have otherwise been impossible after my move to WI. I want to give back. I want to help preserve access to these places I hold dear and continue to improve myself in the process.
Conservation of the outdoors is critical for continued access for hunting, fishing and all outdoor recreation. As urban areas expand we need to secure hunting and fishing access, land and stream access and ensure the future of public lands.
To help save and protect public lands for future generations.
This year, 2020, has been a wild one. A bright light in the midst is that my home state was announced as an official BHA chapter! It’s our time to give back!
I believe in the cause and want to help
I am fundraising for several reasons:
1) To share my love of the outdoors for generations to come, just like my father showed me.
2) To help protect and restore the native wonders of the great outdoors.
3) To support and help everything President Theodore Roosevelt stood for to protect our land and continue to preserve the ideals of the Pittman-Robertson Act.
Raising money for Public Lands and Waters
I believe in BHA's mission of protecting and expanding public lands, public land access, and advocating for hunting and fishing.
Conserving our nation's public lands and wildlife is a deeply personal issue for me. I've taken advantage of millions of acres of our public land system, starting at a very young age, through a variety of non-motorized recreational activities. The wildlife present on those lands (from insects to birds to elk) makes the land itself come to life and enriches the experience of anyone fortunate enough venture off the beaten path. Hunters in general and BHA specifically contribute in substantive, meaningful ways to the canservation of wildlife and our public land system, and "Hike to Hunt" is one way in which BHA increases awareness of these issues while raising the much-needed funds to fight for them.
To protect our public lands for future generations!
Raise money for to help preserve and expand access to our public lands.
I want to work to protect our public lands and our hunting heritage!
To raise awareness for the importance of our nation's public lands, waters, and the wildlife that roam these wild places.
I am fundraising because my dad says it's a good thing to do.
I’m fundraising for public lands and doing this to help me be in shape for elk season.
I love the outdoors and want to ensure future generations have great places to enjoy too!
To show my support =]
Help me support Backcountry Hunter and Anglers in their mission of public land advocacy and promoting fishing and hunting for all.
I’d like to stay in shape throughout the offseason and if I can raise money for one of my favorite organizations, all the better.
I am fundraising for Hike to Hunt because it's one way that I can help support the public lands that I do so much of my hunting on. It's also a great way to stay in shape for the coming hunting season.
Raising money to keep public lands in public hands.
To keep public lands in public hands
To help keep Public Lands Public for my son and every generation that follows.
I’m raising money for a conservation group named Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. It’s a great group of people working to protect our public lands.
Because Public Lands are one of the most important things in this country!
To combat the effects of a successful 2020 Ice Cream Season. Oh, and for public lands!
Exploring another way to connect in nature with my kids.
Support BHA, motivation to get out and about.
To promote access to our public lands for all outdoor activities and to raise awareness that this access must be protected.
My goal is to bring awareness to the public lands that provide us all a place to hunt, hike, fish, camp and find solitude in.
I am fundraising for Hike to Hunt this year because I believe in Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) mission. I also believe that a life spent outdoors is a life well lived and I would encourage anyone to spend more time in nature. This event allows me to spend that time in the outdoors and also raise money for a wonderful cause. Public land is everywhere and best of all it's out there for everyone.
I'm raising funds for Backcountry Hunters & Anglers because as a grassroots-driven advocate for our public lands, waters and wildlife; BHA is protecting the traditions and heritage that we have as Public Land Owners today, and for future generations.
We need to preserve the ability to get away from crowded cities and busy schedules. Only the large expanses of public lands are big enough to let you truly get away.
I like Trees
I love and work for BHA
I'm not gonna lie to you, I'm doing this for selfish reasons.
1 - Iceland in August.
2 - I need to be a BAMF come archery season.
As it sits now, I'm only a MFHB (marginally fit human being)
Plus, supporting BHA - Am I right?
I support the BHA mission of protecting our public lands for our generation and future generations so that we can hike, hunt and fish in these special places owned by all of us!
I'm fundraising to help raise funds for outdoor recreation and conservation our public lands shared and owned by everyone. I would also like to encourage friends and family to get out and enjoy out public lands
Hunting and fishing is a way of life for me, but what is important is the future of our public lands, waters and wildlife. Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is dedicated to the future of conservation and speaking-up for our access to public lands, waters and wildlife. Please join me in contributing towards my goal in raising $1,000 to help support such a great conservation organization as I hike 250 miles by July 31st. Together, we can support and preserve a future in conservation!
To help open more public lands and keep public lands public for all users.
To raise awareness for public land access and for physical fitness.
I am participating in the BHA Hike to Hunt campaign for a few reasons; The first reason I am participating in the "Hike to Hunt" campaign is to build awareness to the issues facing our public lands and waters. Secondly, and just as important I am participating in the "Hike to Hunt" campaign as a motivator to get myself healthy again and shed the pounds I need to shed.
I’m fundraising for a few reasons:
1.first and foremost I’m a big supporter of BHA and donate my time as much as I can as a chapter board member in Ohio
2. September is coming in hot and Colorado elk are waiting on me again this year
3. be less fat
To support public lands, quality outdoor experiences, appropriate access, and their responsible use.
The challenge, fitness, time in nature, and to raise awareness of our wonderful public lands.
I am fundraising to raise awareness and funds for public lands across our country.
To raise awareness for public lands and waters
Always support BHA's efforts fighting for public access to public lands.
What better way to get in shape and live a healthier life than to get outside and experience our public lands? I want to bring awareness to the outdoor lifestyle and grant people the opportunity to see all of the adventures that await them through my shoes.
I care for access to OUR public lands!
Nobody does more for public access and the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation than BHA.
I am hiking to support my BSU BHA collegiate club through active engagement, and to overall raise money for one of the best conservation groups out there. I hike for BHA because they have provided me with so many fulfilling opportunities on a personal note, and I would like to give back anyway I can to support them and their missions.
To help protect public lands and waters.
I’m participating in Hike to Hunt to raise funds and raise awareness for OUR Public Lands! Most public lands require a good deal of hiking to access, so the Hike to Hunt Challenge seems like the best way to achieve this awareness! Wish me luck and help me out!
I'm fundraising to support BHA's efforts to address issues I care about. It's also good for my health. Win-win.
To help protect and preserve America's public lands for everyone present and future and to learn more about our public lands hiking around them. For FUN!
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is the only sportsmen organization dedicated to speaking-up for the public lands, public waters and public access we all depend on. Please consider contributing to our work as I set out raise $1,000 for public lands and water conservation and access by hiking 250 miles by July 31st.
I want to assist in continuing the outdoor heritage. Private lands are being gobbled up by concrete roads and buildings. We must keep our public lands public, in order to maintain retreat from the every day work week and have a place to pass down outdoor traditions. Please support me in my efforts to ensure that can happen for many more generations.
I was born and raised in Montana and a passion for the outdoors has been in my blood since day one. Hunting and recreating outdoors is my escape from the every day grind. Our public lands are truly a place where one can find peace and solitude. Montana BHA and all other BHA state chapters are on the front lines fighting the battles to ensure public lands stay in public hands and that our wild places stay pristine. Please me raise money for this wonderful organization to ensure that we can all continue the traditions we hold so dear and can pass them down for generations to come.
You don't have to be a hunter to believe in the work of BHA. Anyone who hikes, mountain bikes, camps, etc does so on federal or state public lands. Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is protecting our access to these public lands and working to create new opportunities.
I want to get outdoors and raise funds for BHA as a public land owner!
I am participating in BHA's Hike to Hunt this year to raise money for and awareness of Backcountry Hunters and Angers' mission to protect public lands for people to enjoy hunting and fishing and to get in better shape for the fall hunting season.
Im fundraising for Hike to Hunt to help keep public lands open for eveyone to enjoy.
I spend many days in the woods every year and I do not agree with how my state manages lands, maybe this challenge can help invoke change at a higher level.
To get in shape for hunting season and because my daughter needs a hiking buddy.
Get back into shape, money for conservation!
In the last 10 years I’ve learned about public land hunting. I’ve always enjoyed fishing on public lakes and recently enjoyed time hiking in wilderness areas. These lands need to remain open and accessible so people can enjoy there ,many wonders as I have.
I am looking to use hike to hunt as a motivator to get out and see new public lands that i am not accustomed to. i have fallen int he rut of hunting and hiking the same old spots.
I'm hiking to show my support of public land conservation and hunting!
Because I'm already out hiking and this is a simple way to highlight the issues that our public lands face. They are worth contributing some time and money for. I enjoy seeing my kids learn and play out on the land and waters that we all own.
For public lands!
Whether you’re human, big game, or a wildflower, public lands make a healthy life possible.
BHA is working hard to make sure all of us have access to our public lands and waters. Without that our hunting and fishing opportunities would be severely limited. Please join me in supporting this cause.
To ensure that my son, and future generations will have public lands to explore.
I’m fundraising to keep public lands public for all to enjoy for future generations.
To keep public lands in public hands. BHA is capable of making sure public lands stay public, as long as we support them.
I want to help preserve and expand the access that lovers of the outdoors have to the national treasure that is our public lands, especially in Texas.
We all use Public Land to recreate, hunt, fish, and escape our busy lives. Backcountry Hunters and Anglers supports keeping public access to OUR Public Lands. As members of BHA, we are stewards of the land. Our purpose is to preserve and protect wild places for our children, and generations to come. BHA works with chapters across the USA to support everything from local water resource volunteer work to helping support legislation that protects Public lands and wilderness habitats across the USA.
To keep public lands in public hands!
Encourage fitness and outdoor experiences
To keep are public lands in public hands
First year participating in hike to hunt and want to get into better shape for next season.
Public lands are the greatest tool in providing equitable opportunities for all to experience the outdoors.
My goal is to help raise money for public lands and raise awareness for the organization in the Southeast.
I am fundraising to help Backcountry Hunter's and Anglers raise funds to protect our public lands and waters!
I am fundraising for Hike to Hunt to support BHA in fighting for public access, fair chase and habitat.
Raising money for a good cause and motivating me to hike harder!
I want to raise funds for conservation funds so future generations can have the same or better opportunities to hunt public lands.
Because I love public land and/or I have grown quite rotund.
Public lands are necessary for future generations and I’ve enjoyed almost all my favorite hunts on public lands.
Getting in better shape to be ready to hit the backcountry public lands! I want to raise funds to protect and enhance our public lands.
As much as I believe in and support the mission of BHA, the fundraising aspect of this is secondary to my love for a challenge.
Keeping public lands in public hands. Non-partisan.
It’s a wonderful way to promote hunting and conservation amongst multiple types of public land users!
I’m hiking to raise money for the public lands and waters that hold a special place in my heart. I am pledging to walk 1 mile for every $5 raised between June 1 and July 31. My goal is to raise $500 and I invite all my friends to donate through my profile or to join me and sign up for the Hike to Hunt Challenge!
Every dollar counts and thanks in advance for your dedication to one of the greatest American ideals...public lands and waters!
Caribou season is around the corner
BHA and public lands are close to my heart. I've spent most of my childhood in the woods and the better part of my adult life.
To support maintenance and access to our public lands.
Public lands are under attack from people who want to plunder their resources with no regard for the future, and need all our support as users of them. I am joining Hike to Hunt to both raise money for a worthy cause and to encourage myself to get out on the trails more.
Hiking- it's my thing! 99% of my hiking or trail running is done on public lands. Fundraising for Hike to Hunt is the perfect marriage of enjoying the outdoors and raising money to ensure its existence and stewardship.
I love doing hike to hunt. This is my 3rd year participating. I think it's a great way for people to get outside while raising money for BHA and conservation
As most folks know, my favorite things to do are Rucking and Hunting. The two to hand in hand when you look at Rucking the same as Hiking. Backcountru Hunters and Anglers is a great foundation that supports conservation and access for everyone who enjoys the outdoors, not just hunters and Anglers. Please consider donating and letsra up some miles for a good cause.
Public Lands Conservation
Helping to protect wild places.
To help generate funds for improving habitat. And to get myself back into shape.
To cut da Fat, eat da Protein!
I hunt public lands, on foot in the back country and enjoy all they have to offer as often as I can.
I enjoy fly fishing alpine lakes and back country waterways as often as I can.
Hiking and hunting are two of my favorite things and in Arizona both rely heavily on the availability of public land. When I see what wonders public land has to offer, especially in the west, I am thankful to land those who had the foresight to set it aside for preservation. Unfortunately, that same land is always danger from those who look at unspoiled territory and think "we could log and mine and develop this for so much money."
Get in shape for elk hunting & raise some money for a good cause.
I was fortunate enough to grow up in Northern Nevada and California, where I spent much of my time in the outdoors with my family. Through this, I was able to to create strong bonds with those that I love, while also learning the respect and importance of our wild lands.
After leaving home for the better part of a decade, I returned to find that much of the land in which I grew up hunting had been made private, or had been choked off to public access by private investors, all
of which has resulted in lost opportunities for myself, and thousands of other fathers to bond with and teach their children the importance of our wildlife and ecosystems.
Backcountry Hunters Association exists to provide hunters, fishermen and women, and general outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy our public lands with their loved ones. I am fundraising for Hike to Hunt because I love to be outdoors, and if I can help the cause to keep public lands public, then why not?
I love the mission of BHA.
I support healthy and active outdoor lifestyles.
I love BHA, love hiking, love hunting!
Public lands are needed now more than ever. They aren’t making new public recreation areas so we must preserve and protect the ones we have now.
I support BHA because our North American public lands are a national treasure. We must conserve them and keep them wild for our generation and for those to come.
I am planning to hike / trail run the mountains all summer anyway, so might as well support a worthy cause at the same time!
To raise awareness about BHA and their fight to protect our wild public lands. Also, it will motivate me to get out there and explore new WMAs across my state.
I'm fundraising for Hike to Hunt for two reasons, to support BHA and their mission and to make sure I'm in good enough shape to chase elk up and down the Rocky Mountains come September.
I like the idea of the Hunt to Hike as a motivator to get out and hike, as a way to get in shape for hunting season this fall.
Raise money for conservation and public lands. Prepare for October elk hunt.
To help provide access to public lands
I’m hiking because I love recreating on our public lands and I want to do my part to help keep them clean, improve access to them and let others know how special they are.
Stoked about supporting BHA, public lands, and organ donation.
Keeping Public Lands in Public Hands!
For the love of public lands and waters. For my children. For those in the "womb of time."
To support BHA and protect our Public Lands
Because I like both hiking and hunting
I love being able to utilize public lands and hope my kids will have even more public land to explore as they grow!
A chance to raise some money for our public lands, but most importantly, raise awareness of our shared natural resources!
Support and protect our public lands and waters!
To not only help conserve our public lands and water but make them better!
Greater access and preservation for public lands
Obviously, as a member, my primary concern is wildlife conservation. I live in a city where there isn't much hunting activity or opportunities, so I rely on our public lands elsewhere to enjoy that freedom. However, I also live in a region where hiking and general outdoorsing is in abundance, and a common thing for me, is an awesome chance to add a few extra dollars to a Great cause!
I support everything outdoors, i live my life outdoors.
Raise funds for the amazing BHA and get in better shape for the 2020 Hunting Season
Raising money for public lands and getting in shape for hunting season, whats not to like?
I want to help support our public lands in any way possible!
In the name of our great, public lands.
A great opportunity to train and support a great conservation organization!
I’m fundraising for BHA to help continue the fight to keep our public lands in public hands! So if you enjoy public lands help us fight for them!
I am fundraising for hike to hunt cause the money goes to a good cause. Public lands are very important and we need to keep them around. They are used by many for many different reasons. I enjoy using them whether its hiking, hunting. Fishing, hiking, or mushroom hunting.
To help spread awareness of public lands issues
Always loved being in the woods and even better if I can hunt or fish while I'm there.
I can't imagine a scenario where my children don't have the luxury to hunt,fish or just chill in woods or on the side of a body of water. These are things I took advantage of as a kid with my brothers and cousins, so I only want this to continue for mine and all generations to come.
Our land is one of the most valuable resources we have and it is under constant threat of being sold to private parties for development. The best way to preserve these resources to guarantee the livelihood of the animals and plants that depend on this habitat is to prevent its destruction in the first place. These lands belong to the public so get out there, enjoy being outdoors, and rediscover what its like to be part of nature!
To build awareness for the issues facing our wild public lands and waters. Lets keep our wild places wild!!!
To support our Public Lands and explore this beautiful world. I strongly support our public lands and encourage everyone to enjoy them for generations to come, as long as they’re respectful of the land. Whether it’s hiking, exploring, mountaineering, fishing, hunting or anything enjoying our public lands, it is imperative that humans connect to nature.
A love for everything outdoors
To motivate myself to get out and move! Living in a city, it can be tough. But that just means I'll have to get creative!
For a good cause
The outdoors has always been a place of peace and rest for my mind. In recent years, I have put forth a big effort to explore public lands in both Wisconsin, and beautiful states such as Wyoming, Idaho, and this year Montana. I hope to raise awareness on public land transfer; more specifically the transfer of ownership from federal to state control and why it is not good for our future. Keep it public and keep our public lands in public hands!
I believe in BHA!!!! GO TEAM GO!!!!
"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children."
-John James Audubon
To help pay it back and keep our public lands open and clean for us as well as future generations. It's so important to educate others about protecting these places so they don't disappear. People need to know that hunters and anglers do more than just hunt for the biggest rack and try to catch the largest fish. We advocate and do projects for public land so everyone can enjoy it. We also just like some good old fashioned hiking too!
To support Public Lands. To raise awareness of public lands in U.S.
Keep Public land public
To keep public lands public.
I grew up canoeing and camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota. I've also been fortunate to live in several other places near large tracts of wild lands. I want to help preserve similar opportunities for future generations.
Can’t hurt? Public lands and wild places are worth preserving.
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is the future of conservation. We must bridge the gap between all public land users to unite in our common goals.
To support my most-loved conservation organization and the public lands that make my outdoor lifestyle possible and get in shape for my high country Muzzleloader mule deer hunt!
To bring awareness about the uplands and our public land!
To support BHA while getting fit for the backcountry.
Helps motivate me to get in shape for the fall.
I am participating in this year’s Hike to Hunt with my one year old daughter. I will be taking her along in a baby carrier for as many hikes as possible while showing her our public lands and helping raise money to keep those public lands accessible for her and future generations.
I support BHA to ensure that myself as well as future generations have wild places on which to hunt, fish, and recreate.
Hiking to help my health and protect our public lands.
Hike to Hunt supports BHA's public land advocacy, but it also motivates and inspires the individual to get out and enjoy our public lands. It is fun and rewarding.
Because now more than ever, Public Lands needs us.
To support our public lands, waters and wildlife.
It’s an easy way to make our hikes raise some funds for a good cause.
To raise awareness of the continued fight for public access in our great state of Kansas.
I'm a returning hunter after a long absence from the sport and I love what BHA is about
Raising money for a good cause. Spending time on the trails with the next generation.
Descendant of coal miners, fur trappers, ice fishermen and schoolteachers from Pennsylvania, Katie McKalip grew up with a front row seat to the politicking of Washington, D.C., thanks to her military upbringing. After college in Virginia, she landed in western Montana, where she spends a lot of time outdoors and engages in policy making from a distance. Katie joined the BHA team following a seven-year stint with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, where she led the TRCP’s media outreach and other communications work. She also helped realize founder Jim Range’s vision of the TRCP as an influencer of sportsmen-driven conservation policy and a center point in the outdoors and hunting and angling constituencies. She is actively involved with the boards of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, where she directed communications before moving to the TRCP, and Conservation Hawks, which levies sportsmen’s political muscle to advance effective approaches to climate change. She has an M.S. from the University of Montana and a B.A. from The College of William & Mary. For her master’s thesis, she wrote a manuscript on the history of mining – camps, communities and colorful characters – in the area now known as Rocky Mountain National Park. Married to a Montanan who’s hunted since he was 12, Katie especially enjoys upland hunting with good friends and great dogs, cross country skiing Montana’s hills and river bottoms, and summertime paddles in sun dappled mountain streams, ideally with her two kids in tow.
BHA is all about access and opportunity! Hike to Hunt advances that while bringing awareness to our conversation and access for all!
I would like to generate funds for the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers organization while getting in shape for my high elevation hunts later this year!
Conservation is what it's all about.
Support BHA and all the advocates for our public lands and waters
To protect wild places and outdoor heritage.
I've been a supporter of Back Country Hunters and Anglers for a handful of years now. I am proud to support a platform that gives a voice for hunters, anglers, and general lovers of the outdoors and our shared wild places. Funds raised during Hike to Hunt will have a direct impact on access and opportunity to publics lands and waters.
I love spending time in the outdoors, whether camping, hiking, hunting, or just hanging out. BHA is an organization that helps preserve public lands for everyone, and worth supporting
Bringing awareness to public lands and waters.
I’m fundraising for Hike to Hunt because I believe in our public lands, and want to spread awareness and enthusiasm for them!
Save the BWCA and NO pebble mine
We need to protect our public lands and access from being whittled away. I may never make to some of our public lands, but I like to know they are out there. I want them to be there for my children's children.
To help raise money for an organization that does amazing things in conservation and advocacy for hunters and anglers. Also to get myself into good trail shape.
BHA is the greatest conservation organization in this country, preserving and protecting our pubic lands. I am a board member of the newly formed North Dakota chapter and am excited to see our chapter grow and do great things for public land and conservation.
To ensure our hunting traditions stay alive for generations to come.
Raise funds for our backcountry areas so that they are present in the future for my daughter Abby.
I want to give back to the public lands that I have worked and recreated on for so long, and raising funds for this amazing organization that works hard to fight for these lands is a no brainer! The motivation to get into shape is a nice bonus!
To raise awareness for conservation and pursuit of fair Chase and hunting ethics.
I support BHA because I feel our public lands are an important part of what makes the US and Canada different from the rest of the world. My dog and I are either hiking, fly fishing, scouting or hunting on some form of public land almost daily and I am blessed to be surrounded by so much of it.
Our public lands are the best idea we ever had. I'd like to bring awareness and value to those that may not understand what we have and what we could lose.
BHA is committed to ensuring public access for hunting and fishing in America's backcountry areas...Who can argue with that?
To get in shape (I'm motivated by money) and to raise awareness of public lands issues in the Eastern US.
Get my ass in shape. Spend time with family. Get outside. Contribute to conservation.
To raise both money and awareness for America's public land legacy.
Well first of all, I like to hike and hunt. But additionally, Americans' public lands are one of our greatest gifts. The right to equal access to these beautiful outdoor spaces should not be taken lightly or thrown away. And as we all know in our bones, and scientific evidence backs up, everybody is better and healthier with nature in their lives!
Also, my toddler sure throws fewer tantrums when we're outside, and that's a benefit for everyone, ha!
It's a great way to support BHA and you get to suffer a whole bunch and maybe be a little less winded in the September mountains.
Protection of public lands.
To support BHA and the work they do for public land.
Anything I can do to benefit the protection of our public lands is a worthy cause.
To raise money for BHA
Make public lands safe for all.
Support public lands.
BHA is on the frontlines in protecting our public lands. I want to be sure that my children and grandchildren are afforded the same opportunities I have enjoyed in my life hunting and recreating on public land.
This fundraiser is to help promote the knowledge and access to our public lands, health & fitness as well as current threats to our outdoor lifestyles.
I support BHA simply because it is one of few organizations that matches my beliefs. I've learned more about public land, issues facing other areas of the country, and how to get involved through your website and of course the podcast. Your podcast along with others similar interest ones have given a guy from Northern IN, now East TN, realization that hunting out West is a possibility.
Trying to set a good example for my kiddo while raising money to keep public lands in public hands.
To honor the game I pursue
So my son can enjoy the lands that have given to me.
To show my support for the good work Backcountry Hunters and Anglers does for our wild places in Alberta.
I am fundraising to support Back Country Hunters and Anglers to help further their mission to protecting our public lands and waters. These special places throughout Colorado and the rest of our country deserve our attention and support to keep them open to public use.
More miles now = less pain and more hunting in the fall.
Support for the love of public lands
To help support BHA and out public lands
Support our public lands and waters.
Public lands are one of America's greatest resources and we must work together to protect them.
To keep out public lands wild for generation to come.
To help protect and fight for the valuable public lands we have left.
Promote hunting and fitness
We all need to give back and get outdoors to protect our public lands. Come join us in the fields, forests, and on the trails.
To keep public lands in public hands.
Wild things, in wild places
The reason I decided to join the BHA movement is to help preserve the lands that have provided some of my most treasured experiences in life.
I believe that supporting and protecting our public lands is vital. Protection for public land is one of the best legacies that we, as a generation of Americans, can have.
In support of wild places.
Hike to hunt will get me outside, bring awareness to those who don't know the issues surrounding public lands, and hopefully raise some money to help out with those issues.
Because of their mission.
I'm fundraising for Hike to Hunt because wild things and wild places mean so much to me and protecting them is so important. Let's get out there and protect what means so much to us!
To create awareness in alignment with the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Mission which is to ensure North America's outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands and waters.
This is a great opportunity to make your miles mean something and help support the public land that we all own. I am hopeful that my kids can get the opportunity to enjoy public lands as much as I have.
Get in shape for hunting season while raising money for BHA
I support BHA because they are THE organization making sure I have access to public lands and waters and the fish and wildlife habitat when I get there.
To support are beautiful Public Lands!
Public lands are my lifeblood - they have provided endless miles of trails to run, countless hunting adventures, and a home for the wildlife I love. Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is a non-profit conservation organization that is at the forefront of protecting public lands and waters for future generations. As a proud BHA board member and avid public lands enthusiast, I am fundraising in support of this noble mission of keeping public lands in public hands.
For one, it's a great cause - and it helps to build camaraderie among the other members in our growing Capital Chapter.
To improve stream access protections with an organization that cares.
To bring awareness to a uniquely American ideal--our public lands. These lands are our lands, and should remain our lands (and our children's lands) forever.
To help support the amazing western landscape and all that it give to us.
Because public lands are badass and those who use them are badasses. Go outdoors and experience nature. And if you ever have the chance, experience the Boundary Waters. It will change you.
I'm fundraising to provide BHA with more opportunities to continue their work in both DC and the field
Raise awareness to public lands, fish, and wildlife conservation.
to put money to a good cause and get out in nature
I am fundraising for Hike to Hunt as a way to challenge myself to get outside more as well as better educate myself and others on issues facing our public places.
To support and protect our public lands and waters
I would love to be apart of helping this great organization and our public lands!!
Because i love the outdoors and am passionate about wilderness education and conservation.
Hike to Hunt is dedicated to motivating hunters and anglers, including myself, to get outside, get in shape, build awareness of the issues facing our wild public lands and waters and to raise funds for BHA's work. I have been following BHA, including the NM chapter, and I have seen some and been apart of their work and efforts. I stand with their mission and want to give my support not only by being a member myself, but raising funds for this amazing organization!
To help support our great outdoors for our use and future generations.
Support public land access!
I view Hike to Hunt as an opportunity to push myself and to raise money for a cause I value. My father and I hope to hunt elk for the first time in September. That hunt will take place on public land, and it is because of organizations like BHA and the work they do that he and I have a place to go hunt. I will use the next two months to challenge myself physically, to put myself into better elk hunting shape, to engage with the BHA community, and to raise money for the future support of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.
Spreading awareness for all the accessible land we have and our fight to keep it that way
To get ready for hunting season
Hiking to explore outdoors to appreciate this wonderful country that keeps public/crown land and to make sure it stays that way
Friends and Family,
Some of you may know that the outdoors is my connection to the world and when I need to clear my mind, I feel at peace outside. I am fundraising in support of public land conservation to ensure that the hunting, trapping, and fishing heritage can be enjoyed for years to come. Many of the land we enjoy publicly will benefit from programs similar to this, I am hiking not only to re-establish my bond with the outdoors, but also in the hopes that you will donate during this time and know that you are preserving our public lands for future generations and enthusiast to enjoy.
Working to Recruit, Retain, and Reactivate awesome new and experienced combination hikers and hunters!
I wanted to support my favorite pass time and get in better backpacking shape for some more backcountry hunts
To get in shape for hunting season!
Because Grant Meyer made me lol
I believe that it’s a great cause and it gets people outdoors and active! We need more of that!
I spend a lot of time beating the brush For work as well as pleasure so might as well Raise some money while I’m at it. 🤘
So children can experience the great outdoors
I'm fundraising for conservation and hunting awareness, as well as preservation of hunting heritage and the outdoors.
Contribute to raising the trend of outdoor exploration and conservation
To help contribute to the overall fundraising goal, while getting in shape for hunting season.
Raise money and awareness for our public lands and show people there is more to this country than our typical day to day lives.
To raise money? Or to have another reason to get in shape outside of round -IDK U DECIDE
I am participating in the hike to hunt challenge to bring awareness to the fact that only 1.9% of KS is public land and that we need to protect that land for future generations.
like many others I have fallen off the fitness train and with a son on the way and future hunting aspirations, I need to get myself back on the right track so I’m doing this for not only myself but for my son and to hopefully motivate a few others to get out and get active!
To help portect our public lands and spread awareness about the use of public lands and conservation in New England
Just trying to help BHA any way I can!
I want to be able to use Public Lands to hunt, and I want to get in shape in order to enjoy those Public Land hunts. Caring about where my food comes from, I want to increase awareness about Public Lands hunting in my community, and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers has given me the tools to do just that.
I am participating to remind myself and my friends and family how luck we are for the hunting and outdoor opportunities here in Arizona. I would like to show that even in the summer you can enjoy being active and outside in nature here and mentally and physically prepare for our Fall and Spring hunting season.
I value the wilderness as a place all Canadians should have access to enjoy for all future generations. More and more these area are becoming undervalued, used as dumping grounds, or looked as solely useful for resource development. Help me raise money to protect it while I walk from one end of it to the other fishing and hunting the whole way.
I hike to amazing beautiful places to fish and hunt on public lands. I want the next generations to experience the same places as they are now.
Hike to Hunt is great way to support an awesome organization while getting myself back in shape at the same time.
Doing my small part to help keep wild places wild, to set an example for my boys, and to get them out hiking and hunting with me.
This is a great cause to support!
To support Back Country Hunters and Anglers. And to prepare for the hunt this fall! Gonna be chasing moose!
I joined hike to hunt to support and raise funds for BHA an organization that shares the same goals and values as I do when it comes to hunting, fishing and our wildlife resources. Some of those ideas include promoting fair chase and ethical hunting practice, protecting public lands and increasing access opportunities and protecting the bwca from encroaching development.
Training for a hunt this fall and supporting Public Lands. Currently living in an area where Public Land is hard to come by. I miss being able to walk to the door and walk for days if I choose.
I'm hunting more and more on public land and I believe in supporting the things you're passionate about. I'm also more and more aware that my physical fitness directly impacts my skill and abilities as a hunter. So this fundraiser is a perfect pairing of those two things.
This is a great opportunity to raise money and awareness to support BHA as it's mission to keep and open more access to public land and water. I am personally using this as motivation to spend more time exploring and enjoying our public lands.
I am hiking to support conservation of our public lands, raise support for BHA, and keep myself healthy.
I am raising funds for Hike to Hunt because I believe in everyone having access to public lands and to get out in the great outdoors!
I am joining this fundraiser to raise money and awareness for our sacred public land we all share as Americans. I cant think of a better way to get involved in the ongoing fight for the great outdoors. Even if I raise one dollar or influence one person to venture outside to these special places it will be a success.
Put money back into my passion
It's my love for the great outdoors that made this an easy decision to participate in such a great cause. I always get excited for my next hiking, fishing or hunting trip.
I want to help raise funds so future generations have a place to do the same. So everyone can enjoy clean and safe public land for years and years to come.
As a public land owner, I have a duty to steward the land. This means that I will work towards conversation of the natural resources and creatures that call this place home. It also means that I will work towards preserving this as space for my family, your family and others to participate in rest, recreation and adventure. Let's join together to support the work of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers that is a voice for public lands!
To help BHA protect our precious public lands.
I joined the Hike to Hunt fundraiser to motivate myself to get out and explore all of the amazing public land around us. To find new places, to visit old places and see how they are changed or remained the same. I hope to get more healthy both physically and mentally during this time. Backcountry Hunters and Anglers aims to ensure that all individuals have access to their public lands to support hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting.
I'd like to look at ways to use funds to make hunting more inclusive and accessible.
I am doing this fundraiser so I can raise money for our public lands and getting good shape for hunting season all at the same time.
Increase awareness to protect public lands and waters.
I love the great outdoors.
Keep Public Lands In Public Hands.
I spend a great deal of time using public lands and I want future generations to have access to the same opportunities.
BHA has a great mission and I want to support it!
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is a great organization doing great things for our Public Lands and Waters.
To raise awareness of Public Lands and to keep them in Public Hands.
To help support BHA
J.R. grew up in Bellevue, Washington and started hunting and fishing at an early age. His parents had a cabin in Central Washington that bordered the Wenatchee National Forest where, in his youth he spent countless weekends exploring. “I feel like I've covered just about every trail, drainage, and meadow in the area, and while I live a thousand miles away now, my family and I still return to the area every Memorial Day weekend for a camping trip… and to find a morel mushroom or two.”
He lives in Los Gatos with his wife and two and a half year old son where, when not hunting, they spend much of their time entertaining friends, foraging and canning.
J.R. has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Fairfield University in Connecticut. He currently works for SunPower Corporation in San Jose and has recently become a Hunter Education Instructor.
Public lands are my beautiful escape, I hope that more people young and old can grow to appreciate the great outdoors.
I enjoy putting in miles, staying fit and if I can do it for a good cause, sign me up!
I help raise awareness of how absolutely amazing the US public lands truly are and to help show people that there is so much out there for them to explore and find.
I love #publiclands!
Primarily to be part of champion organizations contributing to the protection and sustainability of wildlife and public wildplaces. To officially kick off a new chapter in my life in my desire to leave earth better than when I roamed it. Lastly, to reach personal fitness goals so I can discover breathtaking places at different elevations.
Helping to protect public lands so my daughter and I can experience it when she is older.
I went on an Elk hunt with my son who is a U.S. Marine. The Hardest Greatest thing I have ever done. He started whitetail hunting with me when he was 5 yrs old. Well, as you can imagine now, I just could not keep up with him. We are planning another trip. This fundraiser is not only for a great cause but also a tool to help me get in better shape. My goal is not to keep up with him but to not make him wait on me quite so much.
Since moving to the western part of the United States two years ago, I have been able to connect with nature in a way that promotes both mental and physical strength. I can always trust that a trail is going to teach me a lesson, keep me humble and remind me of how small I truly am. In the world we live in today, I think it is important to have a place where we can feel most at peace and disconnect from the rest of humanity. Unfortunately, the places that grant me sanity, are being threatened. Through the Hike to Hunt platform, I hope to do my part in contributing to protecting the wild places I love. Happy trails!
As I get older, I have to actually prepare for hunting season or my knees pay the price, especially on those downhill game pack outs! I also worry increasingly about the health of our public lands, from water to soil to habitat to trail maintenance. This cause supports both....saving the knees and supporting public lands! I plan to both hike and run hills to achieve this goal.
When I first saw BHA's Hike to Hunt I knew it was something I wanted to get behind. Each day our public lands and access to our nations public lands are under attack. BHA's stands with sportsmen and women to protect this amazing asset that each and every American has access to use and enjoy.
I think it’s important for the next generation to get out from in front of the television and go experience the world first hand.
To challenge myself and explore the different trails offered in my community.
Love the cause.
To get in shape, raise awareness, and support BHA and their mission to advocate for our public lands and waters that I love to hike and hunt on!
I want to raise awareness and money to keep public lands open.
To take trailhead diplomacy out for a walk and raise some money in the process
I want to pass on the wild places and our hunting traditions to my kids and their kids. We need to fight for our public lands to ensure that future.
Help support wild places, public lands, and public waters by supporting me in this year's Hike to Hunt. Any donations go to helping public lands, public wildlife, and public waters by helping BHA. Even if you don't set a foot on public land, keeping these lands helps the entire earth (clean air or water important to you?). If this isn't a good enough reason, I have plenty more in detail.
I'm fundraising the Hike to Hunt Challenge because I believe in the availability and accessibility of public lands. Federally designated Wilderness areas are as remote as they are beautiful, and make up just a fraction of our public lands. They represent the wildest and untrammeled lands we have left, and should be protected to the fullest extent possible while allowing visitors on foot or stock.
Because I love public lands and waters.
I'm fundraising for this cause because I've had so many opportunities in life made possible by public lands. Growing up, my family wasn't wealthy so I spent a lot of time hunting PA State Game Lands, state park lands, and private farmland. As farmland availability diminishes, the need for healthy, publicly accessible land is more important than ever, and this is one way I can do my part so that future generations have the same opportunities to enjoy nature.
I’m a strong believer in keeping public lands in public hands
Because recreating on public lands are a big and very important part of my life, and I want to help keep them here for future outdoorsmen and women.
Protect our wild places.
I support BHA because it is the only hunter and angler driven organization that shares my unwavering dedication to preserving the solitude of lonely backcountry mountains where the elk bugle and cold streams run with wild trout.
To raise money for fishing and hunting conservation issues
To benefit the Illinois chapter working with IDNR and USFWS in our state supporting and promoting public land hunting and fishing, especially the lands in Southern Illinois. The national forest and state parks have become an Illinois treasure, but there's always work to be done and improvements to make.