Idaho: Resident Hunters Can Apply for Grizzly Bear Hunt Through July 15

Idaho Fish and GameFish and Game will accept controlled hunt applications for a 2018 grizzly bear tag June 15 through July 15. The drawing is limited to Idaho residents with a valid Idaho hunting license.

Hunters can apply at any Fish and Game license vendor, at Fish and Game regional offices, online at idfg.idaho.gov/buy-online , or by mail. All mailed applications must be postmarked no later than July 15. [Read more…]

BHA Adds Four New U.S. Chapters

Backcountry Hunters & AnglersMISSOULA, Mont. – Backcountry Hunters & Anglers members demonstrated again their passion and commitment to public lands and waters and to North America’s fastest-growing sportsmen’s group, forming four new BHA chapters and further expanding BHA’s influence across the continent. [Read more…]

Wyoming: Public Comment Invited on Wolf Hunting Proposal

Wyoming-Game-and-Fish-Department-LogoCHEYENNE – The population of gray wolves in Wyoming continues to be healthy and exceed all criteria established to show that the species is recovered. As part of the management of wolves Wyoming uses hunting as it does with many other species. The draft regulation for the 2018 wolf hunting regulation is now available for public comment.

The total minimum population of wolves in Wyoming living outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Reservation at the end of 2017 was 238, with 198 in the Wolf Trophy Game Management Area. The proposed mortality limit for 2018 is expected to result in an end of year population of around 160 wolves in the trophy game area, similar to the 2017 wolf hunting season. [Read more…]

Bow Creek’s Buck Fuel Soy Sauce – Review

Bow Creek Outdoors Buck Fuel Soy SauceI primarily hunt smaller properties that don’t necessarily hold deer throughout the day and year.

This makes it very challenging to hunt in October and after the middle of November in these areas. [Read more…]

Western Bear Foundation 2018 Raffle Bearnanza

We are excited to share the Western Bear Foundation’s 2018 Raffle Bearnanza! 

Western Bear Foundation Bearnanza Flyer [Read more…]

One Montana Announces Cutting-Edge Hunting Ethics and Access Program

Mystery Ranch LogoBozeman, MT. – MYSTERY RANCH, an industry-leading backpack company, devoted to making mission-specific products is proud to announce their support of One Montana and a new program designed to put more ethical, educated, and effective hunters in the field.

Common Ground, a collaborative group of landowner and sportsmen organizations, is developing a comprehensive, advanced hunter education program. The program’s mission is to provide advanced hunter education that increases hunter competence, ethical hunting behavior, private land access and knowledge of agriculture and land stewardship. [Read more…]

Wyoming Grizzly Bear Hunting Regulations

Here is what you need to know!

Wyoming Grizzly Bear RegulationsWyoming Grizzly Bear Hunting Draft Regulations where released.  We have been following this for some time and are pleased with the work put in to get these regulations out this year. If all goes as planned the first Grizzly Bear Hunt in Wyoming in over 40 years will take place this fall.  We have studied the regulations and broke out the key points below. [Read more…]

Grizzly Hunt Rule in Montana

Western-Bear-Foundation-LogoJust an update quickly on the recent ruling by the Montana Commissioners to not enact a hunting season for grizzly bears this year.

We actively supported the idea of having a hunting season for grizzly bears in Montana this year. Due to the recent delisting and movement of control into state hands there was an opportunity for Montana to have such a season. We sent letters to commission and worked with other stakeholders to try and influence a decision but as many of you heard that was a futile effort as the commission voted unanimously against a season. Where were a little frustrated at the process as the Director of Montana FWP came out before the ruling stating there will be no hunting of grizzly bears in Montana in 2018. This all came out by her prior to the vote by the commission who is the only authority to in the state to decide on such a hunt. It was handled poorly to say the least. [Read more…]

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…]