Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Wild Night 4 Wildlife

For the uninitiated, Wild Night for Wildlife is Hellgate Hunters’ and Anglers’ annual event. This banquet draws sportsmen and women together to celebrate and support our conservation efforts for the year. Our 7th annual extravaganza kicks off at 6pm in the Karl Tyler Chevrolet showroom on April 13th. In no particular order, here are ten reasons to get off the couch and join us in Missoula on Saturday night:

1. Good Times with Good People—Wild Night offers the best chance of the year to raise a glass, share stories, or plot adventures with some of the most dedicated champions of wildlife conservation, public access, and sound public policy in Western Montana.

2. Fine Firearms—Once again, we’re offering the chance to win two beautiful firearms. The lucky raffle winners will head home with a gorgeous Kimber Classic Select .25-06 light weight hunting rifle or a mighty fine Kimber 1911 Custom Crimson .45 ACP.

3. Meaningful Advocacy—Proceeds from Wild Night support our efforts to speak up for hunters and anglers to state and federal agencies and at the state legislature. HHA advocates for sound, science-based management of wildlife, public access to public resources, and public management of public wildlife. Our efforts range from regional issues like forest travel plans to state-level issues like fighting to maintain stream access.

4. Make a weekend of it—Spring turkey season opens Saturday with over-the-counter opportunity in both Missoula and Ravalli counties. The Bitterroot, Clark Fork, Blackfoot, and Rock Creek are all in great shape for fishing right now and the famous Skwala stonefly hatch is in full swing.

5. No Child Left Inside—Invest in the next generation of sporting conservationists. HHA is partnering with the Montana Natural History Center and the Montana Game Wardens Association this summer to host a week-long fishing camp for local kids.

6. Scout Your Next Hunt—HHA launched the popular Montana Sportsmen’s Atlas last fall to provide a FREE interactive hunt planning tool showing land ownership, hunting districts, topo or satellite imagery, and Block Management Areas. We’ll have a demo of the tool at Wild Night and your attendance will help ensure we can keep it updated and improved.

7. Wildlife and Wild Lands Conservation—Support our conservation efforts for another year. Whether it’s working with our partners to restore, protect and provide public access to the recently acquired Rock Creek Confluence property, protecting our local waters from aquatic invasive species, or providing funding for wildlife research, HHA provides local support for vital local conservation projects.

8. Membership—$35/family or $20/individual not only gets you in the door but also gives you an annual membership in Hellgate Hunters and Anglers and the satisfaction of contributing to our cause. You can also grab a sticker, hat, or t-shirt while you’re at it and show your pride in participating.

9. Wild Game—Wild Night includes the chance to enjoy the bounty of last fall’s harvest with a variety of appetizers featuring our favorite wild game recipes.

10. Keep the Bully Pulpit Alive—Thank you for reading the Montana Bully Pulpit! Joining us for Wild Night supports our continued efforts to keep you informed on the most important issues facing hunters and anglers in our great state.

Thank you for your continued support. Tickets for Wild Night are available from board members and at the door. We hope to see you there!

The Hellgate Hunters and Anglers Board

Casey Hackathorn, President
Bethany Morris, Vice President
Tony Hoyt, Treasurer
Fred Kellner, Secretary
Tim Aldrich
Ryan Chapin
Jessie Fischer
Kit Fischer
Bill Geer
Mark Olson
Land Tawney
Joel Webster

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