A land that is facing ceaseless development. A people mired in obesity from their over-reliance upon technology and motorized equipment. A quality of life—particularly the sporting life—that is rapidly careening downhill. These are some of the basic tenants of our call to arms—for American and Canadian sportsmen and women to stand up for the wild country and wildlife that depend so much upon it. Now, more than ever before, we need wild lands: places to rekindle the depths of the human soul. Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is a non-partisan group of sportsmen and women who are standing up for wilderness and for the wildlife that depends upon it.
In Colorado and much of the west, it has gotten harder to simply move across the parts of the landscape that were special when some of us were growing up here. Many things conspire to take away access even as we try and maintain some of it for our future generations. Currently, there is an insidious but relentless effort to transfer federal public lands to the states. This is a bad idea. It will ultimately impact those who like the freedom of being able to don a pack or saddle a horse or ride a bike and experience beautiful country that is largely undeveloped. Federal land ownership helps to ensure that we will continue to have such access. State lands do provide some important public access and school revenue but 80% are privately leased and have limited access.
Those of us who had the pleasure of knowing Larry Fischer of Boise, Idaho, know that he was a big man with a big heart and big ideas. Larry joined the national board of BHA in 2012 at our first Rendezvous in Missoula, MT. Prior to that time, he was active in the Idaho chapter and was one of our state regional reps and remained so up until his passing. Larry was a driving force to include more business partners in supporting BHA, both in Idaho and nationally. Larry and his late father, Bernie, were partners in B.A. Fischer Sales Company, a regional wholesale irrigation supply house where his son, Blake, is now in charge. Those of you who knew Larry know it was almost impossible to say “No” to him: he just wouldn’t accept that answer when he was calling on you for support of a good cause. Larry and Blake lead the charge for business involvement in our 2013 Rendezvous in Boise, ensuring that the event would be a financial success as well as a chance for like-minded sportsmen and women to meet one another and share ideas and knowledge.
The following episode of the Backcountry College was developed in response to feedback that we received from our first episode on how to make a shelter with a canvas tarp. Learn how to construct the perfect shelter for the backcountry - a floorless waterproof ultralight shelter here:
Fall is upon us and BHA is celebrating by kicking off our 3rd Annual Hunting Photo Contest, sponsored by Filson. So next time you head afield in pursuit of backcountry birds, bucks or bugles, don’t forget your camera!
Share your favorite hunting photos as part of BHA’s 3rd Annual Hunting Photo Contest and win quality hunting gear from Filson. To enter, upload your photos HERE, along with a brief description of your image by December 1. Winners will be selected by a panel of BHA experts and the photo with the most “likes” will receive a prize for “people’s choice.” Winners will also be featured in the forthcoming issue of the Backcountry Journal.
This year, we will choose winners based on categories – The Hunt, The Harvest, The Haunts and Wildlife, and The People’s Choice.