BHA Responds to Zinke Accusations of Disloyalty Within Interior Staff

Rep. Ryan Zinke
Rep. Ryan Zinke

Backcountry Hunters and AnglersMISSOULA, Mont. -(Ammoland.com)- In response to yesterday’s speech by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke before the National Petroleum Council, during which he claimed that a third of his staff at the Interior Department is “not loyal to the flag,” Backcountry Hunters & Anglers President and CEO Land Tawney issued the following statement:

“Each and every day, we at Backcountry Hunters & Anglers work with the public servants who are entrusted as caretakers of our vast natural resources – lands and waters that are owned by every American citizen. We are proud to stand side by side with these dedicated individuals.

“In my 17 years of working in this field – including close to five years at BHA – I never once have questioned the patriotism of our public land managers. While we don’t always agree on policy, their commitment – to our country, their jobs and, fundamentally, to our visionary approach to natural resources management in America – never wavers.

“The secretary’s comments are uncalled for. They demean the hardworking individuals who fight on the front lines for conservation and public access. Instead of levying unfair criticism against some of our greatest allies, the secretary should recommit to restoring morale within the Interior Department and to the proud agencies of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management.”

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is the sportsmen’s voice for our wild public lands, waters and wildlife.

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    bill knight
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    Any time an entrenched Big Gov’t type balks at enacting policies that secure the Freedoms and Liberties this great Nation was founded on, they need to be called out and culled from positions where they can buck policy. The swamp is Real! Hunt down and capture the swamp creatures. We will release them onto reserves where they can interbreed with their own kind, which will weaken the strain and lessen their impact.
    Keep them away from schools and the levers of power. They will grow more irrelevant.

    Gunwrites
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    Gunwrites

    As a 5th generation Montanan, like Zinke is too, I can agree with Zinke and the commentators here so far. Don’t let their name fool you.

    Colonialgirl
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    Colonialgirl

    More spew from the faux organization that is nothing more than a group of ignorant America hating Envirowienies or Nazis.
    QUIT giving them a slot to spew their stupidity and ignorance.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    Zinke has just bumped into the deep state. He needs to find a way to unemploy the disloyal. Reassign them to shi# details and put their desks in the mens or women’s rooms. He can not afford to have the deep state operating in his AO. Cleaning out the disloyal deep state should be the top priority for every Secretary from State to Energy. Go Zinke! Go Trump!

    David Stolte
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    David Stolte

    Why do you keep giving these land grabing leftist a platform to spew this crap. If they had their way there would be no hunting or fishing on public land anywhere.If the staff don’t want to get on board with the Secretary’s agenda they should be gone.

    Jeff Priddy
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    Jeff Priddy

    These jackasses are totally false in their appearance. They are nothing but left-leaning environmentalists. They just spent thousands of dollars on an ad blitz against Zinke’s review of National Monuments, claiming that review takes away public access to “our public lands”. Total bullshit.

    Dr. Jim Clary, PhD
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    Dr. Jim Clary, PhD

    Very true. The BHA were largely responsible for prohibiting quad-runners on forest service roads at any time of the year. They also supported the Park Service in closing off all access roads to the backcountry for elk hunting on the Valles Caldera, even though elk hunting is mandated by law on the Valles Caldera. The BHA name sounds good, but in reality, they are (for the most part) a bunch of bunny-hugger hikers and left-wing econuts who would shut down all public access to hunters and fishermen.