Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

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Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) is a non-profit sportsmen's organization that is based in Montana, USA.[1][2] The group looks to preserve North America's outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing through public education and advocacy.[1] Backcountry Hunters & Anglers works to prevent the development of wild land in North America[3] and follows the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation as a basis for its positions.

The organization was "born around an Oregon campfire in 2004"[4] and has chapters in 22 states and Canada.[5] The group claims close to 10,000 members nationwide.[6]

Land Tawney is the group's President/CEO.[4]

Issues[edit]

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers main issues are:[2]

  • Preventing excessive off-road vehicle traffic on wild land.
  • Educating the public on hunting and fishing
  • Preserving natural forests and public lands from development[2]

The group supports federal ownership of federal public lands and is opposed to legislation that would transfer ownership of these lands to states or private interests.[7] Executive Director Land Tawney has stated, "We see states trying to take over national forests and BLM areas as a threat to public lands that could lead to privatization and loss of habitat and access."[5]

The organization supports legislation to ban the use of drones while hunting, calling the technique unethical.[8][9]

The group hosts an annual "Rendezvous" event where members can come together in support of the BHA mission and objectives.[5]

Local BHA Chapters[edit]

States with Chapters in the United States[edit]

  • Alaska
  • Washington
  • Montana
  • Idaho
  • Oregon
  • Wyoming
  • California
  • Nevada
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • South Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Michigan
  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Connecticut
  • Maryland
  • Tennessee
  • Mississippi
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • Virginia

Provinces with chapters in Canada[edit]

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "BHA Information and Office". Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Our Purpose". Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. Archived from the original on 14 March 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  3. ^ Xu, Daniel. "Leaders of Conservation: BHA Executive Director Land Tawney". Outdoor Hub. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Tawney to Direct Backcountry Hunters & Anglers". Traditional Bowhunter. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Landers, Rich (March 3, 2015). "Backcountry Hunters & Anglers rendezvous in Spokane". Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  6. ^ Anderson, Taylor (April 30, 2013). "Missoula-bound Backcountry Hunters and Anglers gets new director". The Missoulian. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  7. ^ Bridge, Thom. "Rally in the rain: Hunters and anglers protest public land transfer". Helen Air. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Wildlife Officials Take On Drone Hunting Controversy". CBS News. January 9, 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  9. ^ Anderson, Taylor. "Oregon bill would ban drones for hunting and fishing". Bend Bulletin. Retrieved 10 March 2015.