Colorado BHA Summer 2016 Update

Colorado BHA held its 8th annual rendezvous during early June in the San Isabel National Forest west of Salida. During the weekend we recognized BHA Life Member Steven Choromanski for spearheading the chapter’s efforts to get “smart rifles” and “live-action game cameras” banned for use in Colorado by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Commission (approved Nov. 2015). We also celebrated the 90th birthday of chapter patriarch and WWII Navy Veteran, Bill Sustrich.

Life Member Rick Seymour was recognized as BHA’s volunteer of the month for May 2016. He singlehandedly coordinated the chapter’s participation in the Train to Hunt Challenge that was held in Eagle. He also lined up sponsors and donations for the event and joined the chapter’s leadership team, becoming our sponsorship/events coordinator. Habitat Watch Volunteer Adam Gall joined the chapter leadership team too, accepting a position as assistant west-central regional director. Not to be outdone, Habitat Watch Volunteer Brad Nicol took on the chapter’s Front Range CPW liaison position.

Another of the chapter’s habitat watch volunteers, Chol McGlynn, volunteered his culinary skills to dazzle the pallets of guests at BHA’s North American Rendezvous Tack Barn Dinner. Southwest Regional Director Dan Parkinson submitted Colorado BHA comments on the Draft EIS Weminuche Landscape Grazing Analysis. BHA’s Campus Outreach Coordinator, Sawyer Connelly, coordinated with chapter leaders to organize a “Beers for the Backcountry” get-together in Colorado Springs.

Geordie Robinson organized Colorado BHA’s wildly successful Second Annual Wild Game Cook-Off at Großen Bart Brewery in Longmont. Colorado BHA founder David Petersen was the subject of a documentary film “On the Wild Edge” featured at the DocuWest Film Festival in Denver. And the chapter sponsored Fulldraw Film Tour showings in Gunnison, Montrose and Steamboat.

–David Lien

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