Backcountry Hunters & Anglers recently released its Sportsman’s Pledge in an attempt to garner signatures and comments from sportsmen and women who support keeping public lands in public hands.  In recent months there has been a push by a number of western state legislators, and federal elected officials to transfer ownership of federal public lands to state control.  Their logic is that the federal government is not living up to expectations with regards to the management of those lands and that the states could do a better job.  It is no secret that without federal funding, the states would be unable to manage the newly acquired federal lands, firefighting costs alone would bankrupt the states, and they would be forced to sell them off to the highest bidder.

“Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is adamantly opposed to the transfer/sale of our federal public lands and has released this pledge to illustrate to state and federal legislators that the sportsmen’s community depends on federal public lands for access to hunting and fishing,” said Land Tawney, Executive Director of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.    “Additionally, the economies and livelihoods of hundreds of western communities depend on keeping public lands public.”

The Sportsman’s Pledge can be found on Backcountry Hunters & Anglers’ website at  One must simply click on the “Sportsman’s Pledge” on the right side of the screen to leave a signature and a comment.

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is the sportsman’s voice for our wild public lands, waters and wildlife.  With chapters in 19 states and one in British Columbia, BHA prides itself on its “boots on the ground” strategy and the ability of its membership to get things done.

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Land Tawney, BHA Executive Director,, 406-370-4325

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