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.
Created by Congress 50 year ago, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a bipartisan commitment to safeguard our sporting heritage by conserving lands with high wildlife habitat value, important water resources that support healthy fisheries, and secure access for recreational opportunities like hunting and fishing that fuel a $646-billion outdoor recreation economy.
By utilizing revenues from the depletion of one natural resource - offshore oil and gas - to support the conservation of another precious resource - our land and water, LWCF doesn’t burden tax payers to make critical investments in partnership with state and local efforts to bolster America's national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, national trails, and BLM areas. Here's just a small taste of what some of these LWCF-funded Bureau of Land Management projects and Fish & Wildlife Service projects look like.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the four House leaders of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, Reps. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Rob Wittman (R-Va.), Gene Green (D-Texas), and Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), introduced the bipartisan “Sportsmen’s Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Enhancement Act,” or SCORE Act, in the 114th Congress. Combined with the previously introduced SHARE Act (HR 2406), these bills constitute a major victory for fish and wildlife habitat, and improved access for America’s hunters and anglers.
Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.), all past chairs of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, are also supporting SCORE.
“The sportsmen’s community can stand squarely behind this bill as a great step forward in protecting our ability to fund and implement the conservation of at-risk habitats, species, and access,” said Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “It’s a great example of bipartisan legislation that addresses the needs of America’s hunters and anglers, and we’d like to see a lot more of that consensus.”
The bill contains seven provisions to reauthorize or implement legislation that helps fund conservation programs on federal and private lands, which boosts sportsmen’s access to quality hunting and fishing, including reauthorization of the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA). Prior to its expiration in 2011, FLTFA had leveraged strategic federal land sales to fund 39 priority conservation projects, including many that expanded sportsmen’s access to world-class hunting and fishing opportunities.
Here at Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, that means going fishing. And in honor of our public lands angling opportunities, we're giving BHA members a chance to win a wealth of great prizes by entering our 4th annual Backcountry Fishing Photo Contest!
Submit your most picturesque, memorable or entertaining image capturing the backcountry angling experience anytime between July 1-31 for a chance to win one of four fantastic prize packages from Costa, Fishpond, Sage, Rio, Simms, Redington and Souplefly. Check out the prizes and complete contest rules below.
As temperatures rise we remind folks who are releasing fish to #keepemwet. This includes wetting your hands before you handle your subject, keeping it over or in water and, finally, minimizing its time out of the water. Tight lines!