Backcountry Journal Magazine

BHA Journal Magazine

The Backcountry Journal is produced quarterly and contains articles on hunting, fishing and the issues our members and BHA are working on.

For the latest issue, PLEASE JOIN! To view the current issue of the Backcountry Journal: Please log in – then go to Backcountry Journal menu item in the top menu. Click "Current Journal" to view the PDF.

Members and non-members are welcome to download these older issues-

Past BHA Journal Editions
Year Winter Spring Summer Fall
2014 Members Only      
2013 Winter 2013 pdf Spring 2013.pdf Summer_2013.pdf  Fall 2013.pdf 
2012 Winter 2012 pdf Spring 2012 pdf Summer_2012.pdf Fall 2012.pdf
2011 Winter 2011 pdf Spring 2011.pdf Summer 2011.pdf Fall 2011.pdf
2010 Winter 2010.pdf Spring 2010.pdf Summer 2010.pdf Fall 2010.pdf
2009 Winter 2009.pdf Spring 2009.pdf   Fall 2009.pdf

Submission Guidelines

Backcountry Journal has a tradition of publishing stories written by members and we encourage anyone interested to submit well thought-out writing. We are always on the lookout for compelling hunting and fishing stories that speak to BHA’s mission and the backcountry we all love.

Tell us about wild places and wild animals. Tell us about adventure and getting there on foot. Tell us adversity and triumph. Tell us about loss and learning. Tell us about scouting and shooting practice. Tell us about friends, family and good dogs. Be creative and speak to the universals of the backcountry experience and tradition. We are looking for humor, honesty and reflection. Make it simple, but significant.

News – What is going on in the world of conservation? Is a resource being threatened? Did hunters and/or anglers just win a major legal battle in your area? Is there a new trend BHA should know about? Keep us and our membership informed.
300 – 1000 words

Opinion – Part of what makes BHA great is the diversity of opinions within our ranks. Tell us how you feel about a particular issue. Tell us about a time when you had to make a tough ethical decision in the field. Express yourself and contribute to the conservation conversation.
300 – 700 words

Shorts – Quick, punchy anecdotes, vignettes and memories that get to the heart of the backcountry ethic and experience. The most effective stories are often brief and to the point.
200 – 800 words

Features – Narrate a really epic hunt or fishing trip. What was different about that experience? Was it someone’s first time? Someone’s last? What is unique about the area? How was it more than just harvesting an animal or catching a fish? Think about beginning, middle and end and write us a story people will want to read all the way through.
1,000 – 3,000 words

Please send any questions, ideas, photos and submissions to Sam, our editor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please attach a two-sentence bio about yourself and where you live. Stories with high-resolution photos are much more likely to run, especially in the case of features. Don’t be afraid to have a friend read, edit and/or critique your writing before submitting. We are excited to hear about your adventures in the backcountry.

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Backcountry Hunters & Anglers seeks to ensure North America's outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands and waters.

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