Law Enforcement Officers and Sportsmen Stand Up for Public Lands

Backcountry Hunters & AnglersWASHINGTON – A House of Representatives bill that would eliminate federal law enforcement officers on America’s national forests and Bureau of Land Management lands would leave hundreds of millions of acres vulnerable to abuse and lawless behavior, tax state and local authorities and fundamentally compromise American’s safety, both in and around public lands, said a coalition of law enforcement officers and public lands sportsmen this morning.

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association joined with Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and other law enforcement officers in a call with reporters today to advocate for safe, consistent enforcement on U.S. public lands – and to urge Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who sponsored H.R. 622, the Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act, to abandon the legislation. [Read more…]

RMEF Surpasses 7 Million Acre Conservation Milestone

RMEF Surpasses 7 Million Acre Conservation MilestoneMISSOULA, MT—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation capped 2016, a year filled with several organizational conservation milestones, by surpassing seven million acres in lifetime land protection and habitat enhancement projects.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment that strikes at the very heart of our conservation mission. It is a reflection of decades of hard work bolstered by the support of dedicated volunteers, members, partner organizations, sponsors and many, many other good folks,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. [Read more…]

Colorado Elk Herd in the Crosshairs

Rocky Mountain Elk FoundationMISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is raising a word of warning about a “quiet” movement in Colorado seeking to place wolves on the landscape. It also has grave concerns about the tactics used by environmentalists and animal rights groups behind such efforts. [Read more…]

RMEF Maintains Stance: No Sale or Transfer of Public Lands

Rocky Mountain Elk FoundationMISSOULA, MT—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation maintains its long-standing stance in adamantly opposing the sale or transfer of federal lands to states.

“We have always been against the sale or transfer of our public lands but now we’re seeing some western state legislatures mulling or taking action that could lead to that happening. We’re also hearing some chatter on the federal level,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “This is dangerous for two reasons. First, it could result in the privatizing of these lands and the subsequent permanent loss of public access for hunters, anglers, hikers and others. Second, this discussion is a smoke screen of sorts that does nothing to address the real issue of the crucial need for active management of our forests.” [Read more…]

Wyoming Project Secures Access to 47,000 Acres of Public Land

MISSOULA, Mont.—Hunters, anglers, hikers and those who enjoy other forms of outdoor recreation will benefit from a recent Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation project in Wyoming. [Read more…]

BHA Rallies Public Lands Sportsmen in Wyoming

Backcountry Hunters & AnglersCASPER, Wyo. – This afternoon on the banks of the North Platte River, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers’ president and CEO exhorted a crowd of sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts to stand united against efforts to divest Americans of the nation’s public lands and waters.

Hundreds of public lands advocates traveled to east-central Wyoming to attend the Casper rally. Taking place only days before a pivotal presidential election and barely a week after a federal jury in Oregon acquitted radical anti-public-lands activists who staged an armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the event was charged with a sense of urgency as speakers addressed threats to U.S. public lands, the outdoor opportunities they represent and the economic vitality they currently offer. [Read more…]

Mahoney Releases Video to Address Divide Between Hunters and Non-Hunters

ST. JOHNS, Newfoundland – Internationally recognized conservationist, wildlife biologist, speaker, and author, Shane Mahoney, has just launched Building a Coalition Between Hunters & Non-Hunters, the fourth video to be released as part of his new Conservation Matters vignette series. Building a Coalition Between Hunters & Non-Hunters is available to view on Facebook, or via Conservation Visions’ YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/2cx0Rpf. [Read more…]

Hunters: Be on the Lookout for DGIF’s Research Bears

Radio-collar bear research projectFor the first time in over a decade, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) biologists are radio-collaring adult female bears in Virginia. [Read more…]

A Growing Elk Herd in Virginia

Virginia Dept of Game & Inland Fisheries

pict0249Since restoration efforts to restore this once-native species began a few years ago, Virginia’s Elk have been thriving!  DGIF Biologists estimate the total number of elk in Virginia to be between 150 to 200 animals.  Our Virginia bulls are growing impressive antlers and are now “bugling” to assert their dominance, and to impress their harems.  The sound of the elk bugle is one of the most unique sounds in nature.  These magnificent animals provide a great viewing opportunity–Elk Cows can weigh up to 600lbs and Bulls can grow to a whopping 700lbs! [Read more…]

MYSTERY RANCH Teams with 2% for Conservation

Mystery RanchBozeman, MT. – MYSTERY RANCH, an industry-leading backpack company with multiple product lines, focused on function, comfort, quality and durability, recently teamed up with several outdoor brands to host a fundraising event centered around “2% for Conservation”.

2% for Conservation is an organization that solves a critical shortfall in the funding of non-governmental conservation organizations by encouraging businesses to commit to giving back 1% of annual sales and to volunteer 1% of their time to conservation causes. [Read more…]