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.
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Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA), The Sportsmen's Voice for Our Wild Public Lands, Waters and Wildlife, is pleased to announce our 3rd Annual North American Rendezvous, to be held March 21 – 23, 2014, in Southeast Denver, Colorado at the Red Lion Hotel.
After last year’s success in Boise, it seems only natural that we follow up with a Rendezvous that is bigger and better. Over the past two years, the National Rendezvous has attracted passionate backcountry sportsmen and women from across the country. Attendance has grown by leaps and bounds and we fully expect another year of unprecedented attendance, energy and good times. Not to mention, it’s our 10 year anniversary and it’s time to celebrate the successes that BHA has had over the past decade.
Hunting and fishing isn't what we do, it's who we are!
Dear Chairman Rogers, Chairwoman Mikulski, Ranking Member Lowey, and Ranking Member Shelby,
Since 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been one of the most successful federal conservation programs. LWCF has played a crucial role in the conservation of our nation's natural resources, and the program has long enjoyed bipartisan support. As we move toward a crucial time in the appropriations process, it is essential that LWCF remain a Congressional priority.
LWCF is premised on a reasonable bargain, utilizing royalties from offshore oil and gas production to conserve important natural resources. LWCF dollars conserve important fish and wildlife habitat, and improve access for economically important outdoor recreation like hunting and angling. LWCF funds have been leveraged with private dollars to help conserve wetlands and native grasslands through voluntary easements on private lands across the Prairie Pothole region. In the West, Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars have conserved some of the best big game and fish habitat in the world, and have assured that those acres remain accessible to hunters and anglers. And in the South, LWCF funding of Forest Legacy projects have kept working forest lands working while enhancing habitat for bobwhite quail, wild turkeys, and native brook trout. LWCF is helping to conserve landscapes critical to sportsmen.
The following is an interview with BHA's 2014 National Rendezvous keynote speaker, Hal Herring. Herring, one of the leading outdoor writers of our time, co-manages the Conservationist Blog for Field & Stream, is the author of several books and is a regular contributor to numerous other well-known outdoor news outlets including High Country News, Montana's Bully Pulpit Blog and the Nature Conservancy magazine.
Interview by Holly Endersby.
Hal Herring has always been a denizen of the woods, swamps and rivers of America, from southern bayous to craggy Western peaks. His unique voice and passion for America’s backcountry makes him a perfect match for the 2014 Backcountry Hunters & Anglers North American Rendezvous.
Herring got his first 20 guage when he was 9 and has been toting a firearm ever since. A native of Alabama, Herring grew up spending afternoons combing the woods of and fishing for smallmouth bass in the many rivers.
“My dad didn’t hunt,” he shares, “but my parents always helped me out with ammo and guns at Christmas. And back then, whitetails were just coming back and people weren’t jealous of property lines. I could walk and hunt just about everywhere.”