Colorado “hunters” and “anglers” are out in force doing what they love to do best,
hunt and fish holding political rallies to support radical environmental causes.
Honestly, who knew that big game guys shared the same anti-energy passions as Big Green? Could it be because some groups that claim to represent hunters are actually fronts for environmental groups?
Meet the Green Decoys; Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Trout Unlimited — camouflage for today’s activists with controversial environmental agendas.
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) gets their funding from groups like the Western Conservation Foundation (WCF), which according to GreenDecoys.com donated more than $278,000 in 2011 and 2012.
WCF has given handsomely over the years to notorious environmentalists and animal rights activists, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Audubon Society, Earthjustice (the self-proclaimed “law firm of the environment”), and Climate Solutions, a major proponent of “global warming.” It has also contributed large sums to the Tides Center, funder of all things leftist. It’s hard to imagine Western Conservation Foundation would donate over a quarter of a million dollars to Backcountry Hunters and Anglers if it wasn’t an organization that shared those same ideological beliefs.
PEAK NATION™ would remember Backcountry Hunters and Anglers from such great hits as; stop oil and gas development in Thompson Divide, don’t do it in the White River National Forest either, Roan Plateau is a big NO, stop it Grand Junction, and close the roads in the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.
Their mission statement, according to IRS records, has nothing to do with hunting or fishing, “but to ensure America’s outdoor heritage in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of clean water and wilderness.”
Not hunters, wilderness.
The great thing about hunting in a wilderness area, there are hardly any hunters there and if you do bag some game, you either have to hike it out or pack it out by horse. No motorized vehicles allowed.
So what exactly does BHA do besides support restrictive land policies and block energy development, which of course had NOTHING to do with their funding from environmental groups?
Last week they were at the Capitol in Denver along with Trout Unlimited, and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership to protest a Republican bill that would give the state flexibility to deal with wildfires and other natural disasters on federal land.
By the way, the Teddy Roosevelt group, an anti-energy, anti-gun, pro-union group gets their funding from Ted Turner’s foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, and a bunch of other foundations one normally hears listed on National Public Radio.
Trout Unlimited (we know, we used to like them, too), has also gone to the dark green side to get funding.
Trout Unlimited’s financial supporters have helped drive a more aggressive environmentalist stance that includes opposition to hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale deposits and support for carbon taxation through a “cap-and-trade” program. The organization receives millions of dollars per year from environmentalist foundations…
These groups are not your father’s hunting and fishing organizations, and they shouldn’t be yours, either.