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Montana's Bully Pulpit

The conservation movement in America can be traced back as far as the 1700’s but started in earnest in the late 1800’s when the hunters and anglers of the nation stood up, organized and fought against the growing tide of threats against fish and wildlife. This new uniquely American movement needed a way to effectively communicate to the on a wide array of people and in 1873 Forest and Stream was created.  Forest and Stream was dedicated to conservation and George Bird Grinell  acted as its editor for 35 years.  Today we know this publication as Field and Stream.

It’s a new age. However, the threats remain the same. Shortsighted efforts to sell off the public estate, eliminate critical protections for willdife, and a never ending barrage of thinly veiled attempts to eliminate the voice of the hunter and angler in public lands management continue just as they did back in Grinell and Theodore Roosevelt’s day. Today the same concept originally brought to us by Field and Stream, resides in a new medium, the blogosphere.

Hellgate Hunters and Anglers has embarked on an ambitious new project we call Montana’s Bully Pulpit.  100 years ago Theodore Roosevelt cemented conservation into our national identity.   He found this through the eyes of a hunter right here in MT.  100 years later we enjoy the legacy left by Roosevelt and countless others.  It is now our time, out turn to defend this legacy.  Montana’s Bully Pulpit will communicate with hunters and anglers, news media, and elected officials our passion for the outdoors and our commitment to conservation.  Over half the people hunt and/or fish in Montana and contribute over one and a half billion dollars to the state’s economy.  We are a powerful constituency which if united, can guarantee future generations the same experiences we enjoy today . 

“I admire the man who takes the next step, not those who theorize about 200th.”  Theodore Roosevelt

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