Partners in Conservation : Non-Profit Group
Todd Tanner


Todd Tanner

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Our Story

Teddy Roosevelt was right. “Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations, bids us restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations.”  Conservation Hawks is predicated on one basic premise.  We need to defend our outdoor traditions and our sporting heritage.

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We are hunters & anglers with a singular focus.  We look for the biggest threat on the horizon and then educate and engage sportsmen on that issue.  Right now, the danger is clear.  It’s climate change.  No other threat is poised to slam Montana, and our children and grandchildren, like global warming. 

Climate change is personal.  It’s beginning to impact us all.  We started Conservation Hawks because we didn’t feel like our voices were being heard.  We’re being asked to sacrifice our western landscapes so that corporations can make even more money off our fossil fuel addiction.  That’s just wrong.

Which is why we decided to stand up and fight.  We’re educating and engaging sportsmen on climate change.  We’re cutting through the fog of denial and helping hunters & anglers connect the dots.  When Montana’s snowpack melts early, or when FWP closes our rivers because of high water temperatures, or when we come across yet another beetle-killed mountainside - or September wildfire - sportsmen need to know that climate change was involved.  We’re working hard to create passionate, outspoken activists; activists who can move the needle on climate change. 

A hundred years ago, President Roosevelt said: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Our cause is worthy.  Please help us turn the tide on climate change.


We will work with any rational, ethical individual or group who strives to address climate change and protect the natural world for our kids & grandkids.  Two caveats:  We are a nonpartisan organization, so we steer clear of overtly political groups.  And as hunters & anglers, we accept that we will probably never agree with organizations that oppose hunting and fishing.

We are currently working with the media, with hunters & anglers, and with other national conservation groups to address climate change.

Creating a Legacy

Our legacy will be determined by our success in climate change.  If we are able to educate and motivate a critical mass of hunters & anglers, then D.C. politicians of all stripes will have a huge incentive to pass substantive climate and energy legislation; legislation that will restore America’s standing in the world and give us a fighting chance at slowing carbon emissions and global warming.

Take Action

You can help us in a number of ways.  

Educate yourself on climate change and its impacts on our hunting & fishing.  A great place to start is our website:

Talk to your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers about the importance of addressing climate change with substantive legislation and a sound renewable energy policy.

Send other hunters and anglers to our website.

Visit our Rod & Gun Club blog - - and join the ongoing conversation about climate change and its likely impacts on our hunting & angling. 

Swing by our website and click on our donate button -

Sign up as a supporter at -  

Join other conservation organizations and tell them to make climate change their number one priority.  

Write letters to the editor of your local paper, and to sporting magazines like Field & Stream, about the importance of addressing global warming.  

Call your Congressman and Senators and tell them to address the most important issue on the planet.  

Call the White House and explain that a little more proactive leadership on climate and energy would go a long way toward passing on a healthy natural world to our kids and grandkids.  

Use your computer, your camera or your phone to create web videos on climate change - videos you can post on YouTube, and on our Facebook page.  

Talk to your local sporting clubs and organizations about climate and energy.  

One last thing.  At the end of the day, take your family for a walk in the woods, or canoe a local lake, or ski the backcountry, or grab your fly rod or your rifle and head outdoors.  Because it’s vital we remind ourselves what’s at stake in this fight, and how much we stand to lose.

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Contact Information

Todd Tanner

Conservation Hawks

P.O. Box 2852

Bigfork, MT 59911

Phone: 406.291.0857

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