BHA Floats Treasured Smith River for 2017 Staff Retreat

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On the heels of BHA’s record-breaking North American Rendezvous – an event that surpassed all fundraising and attendance goals for the 6th year in a row – the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers crew is in preparation for a backcountry adventure of their own.

With two coveted permits for Montana’s Smith River in hand, 16 BHA staffers from all over the country are packing their dry bags, waders and hunting and fishing gear to float nearly 60 miles of a river that is currently facing threats from mining interests that could devastate the pristine ecosystem that depends on its waters.

This will be BHA’s second staff retreat on the Smith, and it’s one that provides ample opportunity for the team to come together in a place that embodies the heart and soul of the BHA mission to safeguard the North American heritage of hunting and fishing on public lands.

“We have a kickass team at BHA, and as we grow it’s vital that we continue to foster the team atmosphere,” said BHA President and CEO Land Tawney. “The Smith River will not only bring us together as a team; but the conversations that we have on the river and around the campfire will also undoubtedly keep us on the cutting edge of conservation.”

With the majority of BHA staff off the grid from April 30th-May 5th, immediate responses to your calls and emails will be limited. The BHA office will still be staffed and available for phone calls and general email inquiry, however, and the BHA store still will be open for business.

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