A land that is facing ceaseless development. A people mired in obesity from their over-reliance upon technology and motorized equipment. A quality of life—particularly the sporting life—that is rapidly careening downhill. These are some of the basic tenants of our call to arms—for American and Canadian sportsmen and women to stand up for the wild country and wildlife that depend so much upon it. Now, more than ever before, we need wild lands: places to rekindle the depths of the human soul. Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is a non-partisan group of sportsmen and women who are standing up for wilderness and for the wildlife that depends upon it.
WASHINGTON - A highly anticipated rule that would enhance critical fish and wildlife habitat, improve the nation's supply of drinking water and restore clarity to the federal Clean Water Act was finalized this morning, eliciting praise from business owners and sportsmen's groups, including Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.
Today's announcement by the administration concludes a multi-stakeholder process aimed at eliminating confusion surrounding the scope of the Clean Water Act. The resulting "Waters of the U.S." rule reflects a lengthy and comprehensive vetting process, including more than 1 million public comments. Widely supported by citizens, sportsmen and outdoor-focused businesses, it represents a practical approach that addresses the needs of both industry and the general populace.
WASHINGTON – Senate legislation that would establish two wilderness areas on federal lands in New Mexico would secure critical fish and game habitat and benefit sportsmen and the region’s economy, said Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, which has been engaged in a decade-long effort to conserve the fish- and wildlife-rich landscapes.
The Cerros del Norte Conservation Act (S. 1240), introduced by U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall earlier this month, was deliberated this afternoon at a hearing convened by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining. The bill would designate the Cerro del Yuta Wilderness and Rio San Antonio Wilderness within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico.
The national monument encompasses backcountry lands and waters inhabited by a diversity of wildlife, including elk, mule deer and bighorn sheep. Sportsmen are quick to point to the importance of the proposed wilderness areas as a migratory corridor for wildlife and the overall role played by these public lands in sustaining the outdoors-based economy central to the fiscal health of New Mexico and the Rocky Mountain West.
Here’s a little sample with our Executive Director’s column and cool story from Hannah Ryan, one of our Montana Chapter board members, about stocking trout in an alpine, wilderness lake using her family’s pack goats.
Also inside is an instructional backcountry first aid piece as well as a fly fishing essay from David James Duncan, award-winning author of The River Why and The Brothers K.
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SALEM, Ore. – Proponents of fair chase hunting are celebrating a success in the Beaver State as the Oregon Senate advances legislation that would ban the use of drones for hunting and scouting.
“The sportsman’s voice is ringing loud and clear in the Oregon legislature,” said Ed Putnam, co-chair of the Oregon chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. “This bill speaks to the core of who we are as sportsmen, and we commend the legislature’s willingness to consider it.”
BHA’s Oregon chapter called for introduction of the bill following an explosion of reports of aircraft, as well as a growing number of drones, being used to locate and pursue big game in the state. Current law prohibits hunting within an 8-hour period after receiving information on the location of a game animal from either a manned or unmanned aircraft. The new law would ban the use of drones outright for hunting, scouting or harassing wildlife.