Many Sportsmen Organizations ARE NOT What They Claim To Be...Some Strongly Support Anti-Hunting Environmental Groups!
Editorial News/Press Release
February 15, 2014
The Wolf Hide Is Being Pulled Down Over The Sportsman's Eyes!
By Toby Bridges, LOBO WATCH
"When I feel like I'm winnin' when I'm losin' again."
Remember that line from the 1973 Gordon Lightfoot hit song Sundown? Whether or not you do, it's a good bet that many Northern Rockies sportsmen, rural residents, ranchers and those who work in the outdoors have come to know the feeling all too well. Since about the time this song hit the airwaves, their outdoor lifestyles have been under constant attack. They've been repeatedly lied to, stolen from, and forced out of their beloved outdoors - and the lion's share of that subterfuge has come from the very same elected officials they've put into office and government agencies entrusted to do the right thing to protect and preserve the lifestyle they've chosen.
One thing is for certain, these days you cannot trust anything to be exactly what it has been proclaimed to be - and that is especially true when it comes to almost everything regarding the environment. It doesn't take a genius to realize that much of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming is no longer teaming with the abundance of wildlife that roamed the northern stretches of the intermountain West 30 to 40 years ago. Likewise, reasonably easy access to millions of publicly owned acres of land has also been lost at an equally alarming rate. What makes all of these losses even more perplexing to those who have witnessed the changes is that it has all been orchestrated by our government and purposely instrumented by federal and state agencies - in the name of making the environment better.
Think back, in 1973 the Endangered Species Act was also signed into law, and a number of wildlife and plant species were quickly listed as "endangered" ...and put under federal protection. That's when the theft, lying and manipulation of both science and the American public began. This one environmental act also opened the door to a new and very lucrative scam - fighting and suing the U.S. government by an ever growing number of so-called environmental groups or organizations, such as Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for Biological Diversity.
(Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation billboard shown at left.)
The gray wolf became the poster child for these groups, and to cater to the environmental whims of very few U.S. citizens, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service blatantly lied about the need to save this not-so-endangered species, literally stole tens of millions of dollars to implement a fact plagued wolf recovery project, and openly violated the Endangered Species Act by dumping a non-native and non-endangered Canadian wolf right into areas inhabited by a truly endangered native subspecies of the wolf. Ever since, that agency and the state wildlife agencies in Montana and Idaho have continued to commit the greatest act of fraud ever pulled off in this country.
At the start of the Northern Rockies Wolf Recovery Project, these wildlife agencies and environmental groups all claimed that an abundance of wolves would result in far healthier big game herds. Instead, we now have millions of acres that are nearly totally void of elk, moose and other big game. Even Yellowstone National Park has lost 70- to 80-percent of the elk numbers and upwards of 90-percent of the moose population that was found there before the first of those Canadian wolves were released in 1995. On top of that loss, to provide the corridors needed so wolves and a growing number of grizzly bears can freely spread into other areas, the U.S. Forest Service joined in on the slaughter of wildlife and began closing off road access into millions of acres, in a sense creating a number of "semi-wilderness" areas.
Today, those areas and the even more remote truly wild areas that make up the 27 National Wilderness Areas found in Montana and Idaho are the greatest expanses of wildlife wastelands found in America today. So, where are all of those healthier herds of elk...the strong and healthy moose populations...or vigorous populations of deer and other game? Could it be that we've had the wolf hide pulled over our eyes?
Still, we have one elected official in Montana who feels we need to add more wilderness to those dead zones. U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D) (shown in photo at right) recently pushed to have his so-called Forest Jobs and Recreation bill signed into law. On the surface, the bill promises new life for the timber industry, opening up a few areas to logging. But most Montana residents now fully realize that as soon as that bill is implemented, environemental groups will begin their attack to end that logging. The trade off is nearly 700,000 acres of National Forest that would be permanently given "Wilderness" status. When it is, reasonable access into this land will be closed, also making predator control far more difficult. That is exactly what the environmental groups want - and it seems they have Jon Tester tucked away nicely in their pocket.
So, what is the real agenda of this bill? The same agenda as establishing all those other wilderness areas and large closed areas of publicly owned lands - to push people out, to keep people off the land. It's all part and parcel to the agenda of the Wildlands Network...the total rewilding of the West, one parcel of land at a time.
Senator Tester's close ties with those groups is extremely evident. During the 2012 elections, a spurious "sportsman"
organization calling itself Montana Hunters and Anglers pumped in some $1.6-million of non-disclosed funds to help get Tester re-elected and to air attack ads against MT U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg (R) who was running for Tester's Senate seat. So...who is Montana Hunters and Anglers, and where did they come up with that kind of money to support Jon Tester's re-election?
Camouflaged as a sportsman's organization, Montana Hunters and Anglers is nothing more than a political activist organization with a very radical environmental agenda. Much of their funding came from the same environmental groups which have fought to close access to much of Montana's public lands. That group was headed by Land Tawney, of Missoula, MT (shown in photo at left)
- who has had extremely close ties with the state's Democrat party. Tawney has also served as a member of the Montana Sportsmen for Obama Committee and sat on Tester's Sportsmen's Advisory Panel.
Today, Land Tawney heads yet another new organization known as Backcountry Hunters and Anglers - which continues to have the same political environmental agenda. This pseudo sportsman group receives most all of its funding from anti-development, anti-energy foundations, including the Western Conservation Foundation, which also pumps politically earmarked funding into Trout Unlimited, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and the Bull Moose Sportsman Alliance. If you think these are true sportsman organizations, you need to brush up on them, and one of the best places to start is the new Green Decoys website built and maintained by the Center for Consumer Freedom at - www.greendecoys.com
(The Green Decoys chart at right shows where the five "sportsmen" organizations listed at the bottom get the majority of their funding.)
In recent years Montana has had more than its fair share of phony sportsmen groups and organizations. Another that came to life this past election year was the Montana Sportsmen Alliance. The group is little more than a political activist front for the Montana Wildlife Federation, which is a state chapter of the National Wildlife Federation - which claims to be the country's leading advocate for more wolves and grizzly bears. While the Montana Wildlife Federation proclaims to be a leading proponent for greater public access to publicly owned lands, the organization is also quick to get on board with access closures under the facade of protecting habitat and travel corridors for endangered species.
There are dozens of less than honest sportsman organizations in this country today that have a well hidden politically motivated agenda. Before joining the membership of any group or organization which claims to be fighting for or protecting the right to hunt and fish, and especially before making any sizeable donation to such a group, do your homework. Know who and what they really are, and know their agenda.
When it comes to Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, the Green Decoys website proclaims, "BHA`s funding sources and leadership make clear that the interests of hunters and anglers are the least of their concerns. Environmentalist activism is the name of the game at BHA, and hunters and anglers are just the facade."
There's a lot of dirty money being thrown around - find out who's pocket your elected officials may be in, and if they are on the take, make a real effort to see that they are not re-