Sportsmen Call for Patience, Law and Order on Public Lands in Oregon

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge a treasure for sportsmen across America

Oregon Protesters
Ammon Bundy, center, one of the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, walks off after speaking with reporters during a news conference at Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters on Jan. 4. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

Missoula, MT -( The sportsmen’s group Backcountry Hunters & Anglers urged cool, patient heads to prevail in the extremists’ occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, valuable public lands fish and wildlife habitat located in Oregon.

“National wildlife refuges like Malheur are a treasure shared by all Americans,” stated BHA President and CEO Land Tawney. “The actions being perpetrated by extremists in Oregon are the misguided actions of a fringe element – and should be condemned by sportsmen and all citizens in the strongest terms.”

Oregon sportsmen were quick to decry the extremists’ actions.

“As sportsmen and conservationists, we urge the occupiers to end this fool’s errand,” said Brian Jennings, BHA’s Oregon outreach coordinator, “and we urge the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service to keep their employees safe, be patient and thoroughly enforce the law.”

The loosely organized group of extremists initiated an occupation of the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, near Burns, Oregon, over the weekend. They are led by out-of-state radicals including Ammon Bundy, son of anti-government extremist Cliven Bundy of Nevada.

“The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is a popular hunting area for waterfowl and upland gamebirds,” stated Tawney. “It is one unit in a system of millions of acres of public lands on which American families depend for access to and opportunity in the great outdoors.”

Tawney concluded: “In 2015, thousands of hunters and anglers gathered at state capitols across the West with a single, unified message: Keep public lands in public hands. This will remain our rallying cry in 2016. BHA remains dedicated to protecting those lands from abuse and keeping them in the hands of their owners, the American people.”

BHA was born around an Oregon campfire in 2004.

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Been a standard practice of the “Hoover Men” to employ agent provocateurs. They pay people, or threaten people to infiltrate targeted organizations. They work themselves into positions of influence, and try to steer the members of the group, who were never contemplation any prosecutable activities into breaking laws for which they can be arrested, and their organization, can be discredited and taken down. (see the Church Committee Report for numerous examples of this tactic, beginning with the American Communist Party, back in the 1950s. It’s how any administration destroys those it doesn’t like. I sure don’t know that this is… Read more »


The actions of these “militia” do us no good. This is not a lot different than the marches and protests of Black Lives Matter. All it does is piss off the other people and diminish logical interaction. All gun owners are linked to these ranchers the same way that all blacks are linked to the radical BLM. Do not be sucked into this.


The sheeple has spoken