The Backcountry Hunters and Anglers are taking a stand FOR federal lands and wildlife preserves. They’ve posted an op-ed in Outdoor Life magazine roasting the militia and politicians for their reluctance to condemn the takeover the reserve
But the issue goes far beyond Malheur. Bundy’s gang could have as easily targeted the bighorn-and-elk rich Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in Montana, or the urban waterfowlers’ mecca of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge outside Washington D.C. Or your favorite refuge.
While many mainstream politicians have distanced themselves from the Bundy’s tactics, too many share his distaste for public lands,. Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said he sympathized with the desires to reduce the public estate, but said it should be done “ within the law.” Meanwhile, Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, has tried to shackle the Land & Water Conservation Fund, the 50-year-old program that provides funds for purchasing lands for habitat conservation and outdoor access.
This standoff could last a while, the political fallout even longer. Sportsmen have much to lose in the crossfire.
this is an embarrassment to allow a bunch of buffoons stupid enough to think they can win against the federal gov't yes they have managed to go far beyond their 15 minutes but unless they give up this eventually will lead to another headline of domestic terrorist created by and for the republican agenda.
not as many are showing support they have not only violated law cause revenue lost do to fear they over stayed any welcome that might have existed.