Dear Idaho Backcountry Hunters and Anglers,
Hopefully you were able to get out and enjoy some success last fall, however you measure it, and by now are planning your next adventure into the backcountry. I was fortunate to be able to spend time with my brother, son, and father-in-law hunting last fall, and the experience left me committed to working to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to share the backcountry with the people that are important to them.
As we move into a new year, I would like to review some of the Idaho Chapter’s accomplishments in 2013 and provide an update on Chapter activities planned for 2014.
The Idaho Chapter of BHA is pleased to announce the Conservation Officer's Youth Camp Scholarship to 10 year-old Remington, of Wilder, ID!
In his scholarship essay, Remington indicated he is excited at the prospect of learning new skills, is considering a career as a Conservation Officer, and is looking forward to becoming "an avid and passionate outdoorsman." Sounds like he is well on his way.
Remington was nominated by BHA member Steve Gale. The Idaho Chapter of BHA is proud to be able to contribute to providing these types of opportunities to our young people.
The Idaho Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers teamed up with Idaho Traditional Bowhunters, the Pocatello Field Archers club and Traditional Bowhunter magazine to host a successful archery shoot on Scout Mountain, near Pocatello, last weekend. Archers in attendance ranged in age from 4 to 70, from all over eastern Idaho and beyond. All participated in what turned out to be a really fun weekend, with a variety of creative shooting competitions and lots of informal, fun practice, as well as a "Beer Can Shoot-out" competition, sponsored by Traditional Bowhunter Magazine. A Dutch Oven potluck and campout completed the weekend, with great conversation about the work that BHA is doing, and how we can continue to have an even greater impact, both locally and state-wide. This is definitely an event that we plan to do again next year!
For more photos from the event, click here.
Idaho BHA & Idaho Traditional Bowhunters are hosting a dutch oven cook-out and archery shoot July 13-14 at the Pocatello Field Archer's, Scott Mountain Archery Range.
Get together with fellow BHA and ITB members for a day of shooting (fishing available below the campground on Mink Creek) followed by a potluck Dutch oven dinner around the campfire at 7 pm Saturday night.
Camping is available on site in the aspens and pines. Toilets on site – no showers. Join us to discuss BHAs and ITBs activities now and in the future, bring the family, camp out, or just stay for the day and have fun! Hope to see you there!
Around the country on America’s wild public lands, BHA members are helping to protect pristine habitat key to great hunting and fishing. Read on to find out more about State Chapter projects and work days.
Idaho BHA –
May 3-5, the Idaho Chapter partnered with the Idaho Fish & Game to remove approximately 3,500 feet of barbed wire fence and T-posts to improve elk migration corridors on the Craig Mountian Wildlife Management Area. Chapter members camped at Benton Meadows on Craig Mountain, did some turkey and bear hunting and enjoyed campfire camaraderie. The age of members involved ranged from 15-70! For photos from the event, click here.
In the video below Idaho BHA member Jeff Barney thanks Congressman Mike Simpson for his work to protect protect Idaho's Boulder White Clouds. As Jeff explains "one of the reasons I go up there is because there's fish up there that you don't measure in inches, you measure in pounds. Click here or the image below for the thank you video.
The CBC effort is getting more intense as subgroups report to the larger working group with a goal of voting on a full package of administrative and legislative concepts in June, refinement in July by the full working group and presentation to Senator Crapo in August. Issues still needing full group support include land and water protection and more robust forest management in the front country. In addition, a very different form of county funding is being proposed which will raise eyebrows and concerns in DC because it is so different from the status quo. Convincing local residents of the benefits of land and water protection as well as convincing the conservation community of the benefits of active land management in the front country will be a tough sell. In September the package will be sent to the USFS for drafting services, back to the collaborative in October with a DC trip to follow in November or December. Our goal is to have legislation introduced on land and water protection in 2012 in addition to economic proposals to add job stability to the region.
More information: http://www.clearwaterbasincollaborative.org/
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.