RepYourWater, a Colorado based apparel company, is teaming up with Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) by donating 1% of the sales of its Montana, Utah, and Alaska-logoed apparel and gear to BHA.
Garrison Doctor, owner of RepYourWater is excited about the new partnership saying, "RepYourWater is thrilled to partner with Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. We feel that Backcountry Hunters & Anglers represents our values of conservation and is a crucial voice for fisherman and hunters. We hope that our 1% donations to specific area chapters of Backcountry Hunters &Anglers will promote awareness and help conserve a healthy environment essential to angling and hunting alike."
MISSOULA— Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is teaming up with woodcraft expert Clay Hayes to use the Internet to keep ancient backcountry skills alive.
“Aside from helping folks enjoy their time in the backcountry, basic wilderness skills can help keep people alive,” said Land Tawney, executive director of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. “We’re delighted to capture and share the skills displayed by Clay, for a new generation to learn and enjoy.”
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is a national conservation group that dubs itself “the sportsmen’s voice for our wild public lands, waters and wildlife.” Clay Hayes is a biologist and craftsman in Idaho, who produces how-to videos for his company, Twisted Stave.
Twisted Stave is producing a special series of videos for Backcountry Hunters & Anglers to teach skills such as building fires, building shelters and hanging food away from bears.
As you know, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers continues to lead the call for better safeguards against illegal motorized habitat abuse. Whether members are helping to educate motorized users, advocating for visible identification or promoting self-policing programs, our common-sense approach to responsible motorized use is gaining attention, and results.
In Washington State, BHA members, in partnership with Trout Unlimited, recently made huge headway on this front as they helped pass legislation (HB 1632) which – in exchange for providing opportunities for improved access on some county roads – did the following:
The following was written by BHA's Conservation Director Holly Endersby, after a recent fishing trip to Kelly Creek (Idaho).
Utter the words Kelly Creek to a real backcountry trout bum and she will immediately know you’re talking about an icy cold stream sparkling through a big chunk of central Idaho beginning near the Montana border. A blue ribbon, catch and release trout stream, Kelly Creek eventually mingles its water with the North Fork of the Clearwater River.
A recent University of Idaho archeology team has verified 12,000 years of Native American food gathering along Kelly Creek, where historically huge runs of steelhead and salmon poured into their natal waters each year. Older folks still recall when steelhead runs were filled with heavy-weight bruisers of 18-20 pounds. But all that ended in the early 1970’s when Dworshak Dam was built, forming a quarter mile high block that no fish ladder on earth could compensate for. Ironically, the dam is now horribly inefficient, providing only 3% of the power to the electric grid. Now, all the superb gradient and beautiful spawning gravel goes begging for the return of salmon and steelhead in Kelly Creek.
But a trout bum can still find Nirvana here. Upper Kelly Creek in particular gets very little fishing pressure so sumo-size cutthroat trout can grab your fly and test your mettle in the rocky stream bed filled with quiet pools, intersecting seams and under over-hanging brush on a hot summer’s day. Last week a group of us saddled horses, loaded pack animals and headed in for three days of great fishing. Even I caught fish and since my knowledge of flies runs to color-black, brown or tan- it shows how robust the fishery is. I figure if it looks like an insect, some hungry trout will grab it, and once again, my simplistic outlook worked. In fact, I pulled the biggest trout I’ve ever caught-outside of Alaska-out of the waters of Kelly Creek.
A lot of hunters feel uneasy about hunting backcountry public land because they’re worried about what to do when they get a deer or elk down on the ground a mile or more from their rig. Join Steven Rinella and seven sportsman-conservation organizations in a new instructional video, “Quartering & Packing Big Game” that demonstrates big-game field dressing and packing techniques for public land hunters.
In this video, Rinella offers tips and techniques to help public land hunters develop the skills and confidence necessary to hunt away from their vehicles – in places where their odds of success are generally higher.
Millions of American sportsmen depend on public lands, and these lands can receive a lot of hunting pressure. That pressure can push deer and elk deep into areas that are far from roads and vehicles, prompting many sportsmen to hunt on foot, quarter their kills and pack out the meat on their backs.
The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, the Wild Sheep Foundation, the Mule Deer Foundation, Orion the Hunters Institute, the Pope and Young Club and the Bull Moose Sportsmen’s Alliance teamed up with Rinella to produce and distribute the new video. All of these groups are committed to ensuring the responsible management of public lands and to safeguarding habitat for fish, wildlife and sportsmen.