Talking Hunting with Land Tawney of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers – Ep. 41

It’s time for yet another TacticalPay Radio episode! Our topic this week is one that many folks are passionate about… hunting. Brett was joined by a true expert, Land Tawney, to discuss important issues like conservation and protecting public lands for hunters and anglers.

Land is a fifth-generation Montanan and a life-long hunter, angler, and conservationist. He’s worked for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, serves on the board of the Phil Tawney Hunters Conservation Endowment, and since 2013 has been the President and CEO of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, which also has a great podcast ( BHA Podcast & Blast with Hal Herring). Land Tawney has spent his professional career teaching and organizing hunters and anglers.

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Episode Highlights:

  • Why Montana’s issues can be a microcosm for the rest of the country.
  • The biggest issues facing hunters and anglers today.
  • Why Backcountry Hunters and Anglers has exploded in membership.
  • The pros and cons of privatizing federal wild lands.
  • And so much more!

Featured on the Show

Industry Spotlight: Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is an organization that seeks to ensure North America’s outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands and waters.

Founded in 2004, but with origins that date back much further to individuals who cared to protect public lands for hunting, fishing, and more, BHA has grown significantly in the last 10+ years and now counts over 23,000+ individuals as part of the community working to protect public lands and the wildlife residing there. With a multitude of chapters, a podcast, fantastic information and education being shared constantly, and more… there’s no doubt that BHA is a shining beacon in the world of wilderness advocacy.

But perhaps there’s no better way to express what they stand for than to share their own words:

“Our freedom to hunt and fish depends on habitat. While many of us enjoy hunting and fishing on a range of landscapes, including farm fields and reservoirs, there is something special – even magical – about hunting deep in the backcountry or fishing on a remote river.

Wilderness hunting and fishing deliver a sense of freedom, challenge and solitude that is increasingly trampled by the twin pressures of growing population and increasing technology. Many treasured fish and wildlife species – such as cutthroat trout, grizzly bear and bighorn sheep – thrive in wilderness. Others, like elk and mule deer, benefit from wilderness. From the Steens Mountain Wilderness in Oregon to the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho and the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, BHA members treasure America’s wilderness system and strive to add to it.

We take the advice of Theodore Roosevelt: ‘Preserve large tracts of wilderness … for the exercise of the skill of the hunter, whether or not he is a man of means.'”

TacticalPay Featured Community Organization of The Week

Each week, we select a “TacticalPay Featured Community Organization of the Week” from our listener submissions! Created to showcase a community organization that is doing important on the ground work related to the firearms community, nominees are selected by our listeners from hundreds of local clubs, shooting groups, hunting and wildlife organizations, education and advocacy organizations, and other firearms related community organizations.

We want to hear about organizations that deserve to be recognized, so if you know of a community organization that you believe is doing excellent work on behalf of the broader firearms community that you’d like to see recognized, drop us a line!

We’ve got a great one for you this week!

Sir Walter Gun Club:

This week, we’re pleased to award the Sir Walter Gun Club as our community organization of the week.

The Sir Walter Gun Club has been established in the Raleigh, North Carolina area for over 60 years. The range facility located on 143 acres just a few miles north of Creedmoor, NC, offers modern, safe and convenient facilities for almost all types of shooting sports and family activities.
The goal of Sir Walter Gun Club is to provide the safest and best private shooting sports facilities in the State of North Carolina and possibly anywhere in the eastern United States.

The Club supports a variety of shooting activities and competition including United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA), International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) Pistol, the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS)Cowboy Action, Skeet, High Power Rifle, Smallbore Rifle, and, Bullseye Pistol. Special Events, whether club or member hosted, occur on a limited basis during the calendar year and may include but not be limited to Women On Target, National Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.), State Games of North Carolina, and outings for youth organizations such as collegiate clubs and shooting teams.

The Sir Walter Gun Club meets on the third Tuesday night of each month at 7:30 p.m. from September through May, at the Wake County Shrine Club (map) in Raleigh. New and prospective members are encouraged to attend. There are no regular Club meetings in June, July or August. Many congrats to them on their selection!

If you’d like to learn more about them you can click here to connect with them on Facebook.