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Check out the latest happenings with the Idaho BHA Chapter here!

Rally with Idaho Sportsmen for Your Public Lands

Idaho AdIn Idaho and throughout the West, politicians have their eyes set on selling off the public lands that you depend on to hunt, fish and recreate.  We simply cannot stand idle as special interests seek to rob us of our American birthright.

Join Idaho Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and sportsmen from throughout the state, Thursday, February 12th at 12:00 PM on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol in Boise as we rally support for keeping public lands in public hands.  You simply cannot afford not to show up.  We hope to see you there!

RSVP & Get Event Updates Here

We'll also be hosting a post-rally after party at 10 Barrels Brewery from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM.  Join us for beer, raffles and more!

For more information on the foolish, but growing efforts to wrest public lands away from public ownership, check out this report. 

Bus Transportation:
Buses are available for citizens who wish to take advantage of them. Please RSVP by calling or emailing the Bus Coordinator: Greg McReynolds, Trout Unlimited, 208-690-9504, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Idaho Falls

  • Pickup Location:  Army Surplus Warehouse 7012 Daisy Lane, Idaho Falls, ID 83402
  • Pickup Time:  6:15 AM


  • Pickup Location:  Pocatello Regional Airport 1950 Airport Way, Pocatello, ID 83204
  • Pickup Time:  7:00 AM

Twin Falls

  • Location Flying J Gas Station, I 84 Exit 173 Twin Falls
  • Pickup Time:  9:00 AM

Arriving at the Capitol 11:30AM - 11:45AM

Pickup Location for Departure Home:

  • 10 Barrel Brewing Co. 830 W BANNOCK ST. BOISE, IDAHO
  • Departing at 3:00PM

Cant make it, but still interested in helping?  Tell your elected officials to stop the public land sell-off by signing the Sportsman's Pledge here.

Help keep our public lands public, Join Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Today!

For More information call: 406-370-4325

2014 BHA & ITB Annual Gathering and Pot Luck - June 28th and 29th


Join Idaho BHA and Idaho Traditional Bowhunters for our annual gathering and trad bow shoot - June 28th & 29th, at the Scout Mtn. Range, just south of Pocatello! Check out the attached .pdf for details, and we hope to see you there!!






Idaho BHA Offers Scholarship for Conservation Camp

remington web 2The Idaho Chapter is pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring a scholarship once again for a youth to attend the Idaho Conservation Officer's Association Youth Camp. This years camp will be held August 11-15, 2014, at the Trinity Pines Camp and Conference Center in Cascade, ID. Youth camp activities include a range day complete with rimfire, centerfire, and muzzleloaders, a challenge course, wildlife id, fishing techniques, introduction to archery, introduction to trapping, and a Payette River float trip! Campers who successfully complete the course will receive their hunter's ed card. This years lucky recipient will also receive a "Which would you rather hear" BHA t-shirt. The ICOA Youth Camp is open to children that are 10-12 years old on August 11, 2014. The scholarship winner will be responsible for transportation to and from camp. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants will need to submit a short essay (1 page maximum) on why they would like to attend the camp by June 15, 2014. The winner will be announced June 20. This is a great opportunity for children to interact with Idaho's Conservation Officers in a positive setting and engage in a variety of outdoor based activities. Please email application essays to: derrickreeves41(at)
Winner of 2013 scholarship pictured

The Year in Review from Idaho BHA


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.

Idaho BHA Awards Conservation Scholarship

remington web 2The 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.

Recap: ID BHA & ITB Dutch Oven Potluck & Archery Shoot

1 WATER TORTURE 1The 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.

ID BHA & ITB Dutch Oven Potluck & Archery Shoot

RendezvousIdaho 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!

For directions to the event and for the full event announcement click here, or contact Bruce Smithhammer by email for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BHA Members Get Their Hands Dirty to Improve Habitat

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.


Group of men around truck

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.



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