Ever since the first G.I. returned from World War II and got his hands on a Jeep, off-highway vehicles have been part of the picture when it comes to public lands hunting and fishing. This long-standing tradition has changed dramatically over the years and more people with increasing types of vehicles have enjoyed motor vehicles on our public lands. Some just ride. But for sportsmen, motorized vehicles are a means to an end. We who hunt and fish have often been silent in the debate over motorized vehicles on public lands and in the meantime, we’ve often lost access to quality hunting and fishing lands.
This has happened in a couple of ways: First, motorized routes are shut down for a variety of reasons and the places we used to go on our OHVs are no longer available for the motorized hunter. The second way motorized sportsmen have lost access to quality hunting and fishing is overuse or misuse of public lands by the motorized community. When illegal routes are pioneered into pristine lands like elk calving grounds or intact habitat, we lose. Game rapidly retreats from an overabundance of pressure, and bails off into private land or into extremely rugged country. Streams or lakes get over-fished and turn barren.
In both cases, sportsmen lose.
SRR takes both types head on. First, we will work with public land management agencies to keep legal routes open. Second, where habitat is damaged by our own, we will work to restore or re-route those motorized trails and roads. Where an overabundance of illegal motorized routes exist, negatively impacting the game and fish we enjoy pursuing, we will work with agencies and others to determine what should stay open and what should be closed. Abuse of public lands by the motorized community is good for no one. In the end, we motorized sportsmen lose the most when this happens.