Backcountry Hunters & Anglers understand the value of clean and wild angling waters. To kick-off summer, BHA would like to share your most picturesque, memorable or entertaining images that capture the "backcountry angling experience."
Winners will be selected by a panel of BHA experts and by the number of votes that each photo receives. All images entered will also be featured in BHA's Angling Image Gallery (a hunting contest will take place in the fall, angling-relevant images only please). The winner will also be featured in forthcoming issue of the Backcountry Journal. Check out submissions to the 2012 backcountry angling photo contest here.
For years, Idaho BHA has played an integral role within the Idaho's Clearwater Collaborative to work towards common-sense forest management solutions, which balance a wide variety of land-based interests. After years of hard work, negotiations and compromise the Clearwater Collaborative has reached an agreement which will provide for backcountry fish and wildlife habitat protection, while also increasing timber harvest yields, improving motorized recreational opportunities and adding jobs to the local economy. Below is a recent new release from the Collaborative on this big news and historic agreement. For a recent news article from the Lewiston Time click here. For a ID BHA slide show highlighting the landscape of the Clearwater, click here.
Lewiston, Idaho May 22, 2013: After five years of work on land management issues within the Clearwater Basin, members of the Clearwater Basin Collaborative signed a work plan signifying their commitment to continue work to resolve six natural resource issues.
Idaho Senator Mike Crapo convened the Collaborative five years ago to find long-term solutions to natural resource issues that were contributing to gridlock in the Basin. At the initial meeting, he told members the collaborative process would require all participants to recognize and respect the views of all participants. “Each participant must be as committed to helping others reach their goals and objectives as that participant is committed to advancing their own interests,” he emphasized.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems (commonly called “drones”) are increasingly important in the military and have high potential to contribute to the fields of wildlife biology, search-and-rescue, agriculture and many other applications. However, in private hands there is small but growing interest in using these highly sophisticated remote-controlled aircraft to scout, monitor and stalk big game. BHA believes this technology represents a widespread opportunity for abuse, and if not regulated poses a significant threat to fair chase hunting and fair distribution of hunting opportunity.
Around the country on America’s wild public lands, BHA members are helping to protect pristine habitat key to great hunting and fishing. Read on to find out more about State Chapter projects and work days.
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May 3-5, the Idaho Chapter partnered with the Idaho Fish & Game to remove approximately 3,500 feet of barbed wire fence and T-posts to improve elk migration corridors on the Craig Mountian Wildlife Management Area. Chapter members camped at Benton Meadows on Craig Mountain, did some turkey and bear hunting and enjoyed campfire camaraderie. The age of members involved ranged from 15-70! For photos from the event, click here.
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.