Those of us who had the pleasure of knowing Larry Fischer of Boise, Idaho, know that he was a big man with a big heart and big ideas. Larry joined the national board of BHA in 2012 at our first Rendezvous in Missoula, MT. Prior to that time, he was active in the Idaho chapter and was one of our state regional reps and remained so up until his passing. Larry was a driving force to include more business partners in supporting BHA, both in Idaho and nationally. Larry and his late father, Bernie, were partners in B.A. Fischer Sales Company, a regional wholesale irrigation supply house where his son, Blake, is now in charge. Those of you who knew Larry know it was almost impossible to say “No” to him: he just wouldn’t accept that answer when he was calling on you for support of a good cause. Larry and Blake lead the charge for business involvement in our 2013 Rendezvous in Boise, ensuring that the event would be a financial success as well as a chance for like-minded sportsmen and women to meet one another and share ideas and knowledge.
Fall is upon us and BHA is celebrating by kicking off our 3rd Annual Hunting Photo Contest, sponsored by Filson. So next time you head afield in pursuit of backcountry birds, bucks or bugles, don’t forget your camera!
Share your favorite hunting photos as part of BHA’s 3rd Annual Hunting Photo Contest and win quality hunting gear from Filson. To enter, upload your photos HERE, along with a brief description of your image by December 1. Winners will be selected by a panel of BHA experts and the photo with the most “likes” will receive a prize for “people’s choice.” Winners will also be featured in the forthcoming issue of the Backcountry Journal.
This year, we will choose winners based on categories – The Hunt, The Harvest, The Haunts and Wildlife, and The People’s Choice.
By Brian Jennings
Mike Beagle has followed several paths in his life. Growing up, he hunted, fished and excelled at baseball and football in Southern Oregon. Graduating from Southern Oregon University, Beagle became a teacher and coach in both Portland and Medford. He also worked as a conservationist and
regional manager for Trout Unlimited where he was instrumental in establishing new wilderness in Southwest Oregon. He is a father, husband, and a former Army officer and now Alumni Director at his alma mater. But hunting, fishing, a strong connection to the land, and backcountry values feed his soul. Because of his passion, leadership and vision he became the number one founding member of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.
A pack string loaded with elk antlers in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana or the Gila in New Mexico. A bighorn ram in the Absaroka of Wyoming. Reeling in pike in the quiet lakes of the Boundary Waters of Minnesota.
Wilderness areas provide, bar none, some of greatest, most adventuresome hunting and fishing in North America. Today we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act. Hunters and anglers were a major force behind the law then, and are a major force for backcountry conservation today.
Not every place can be, or should be, wilderness. By some estimates, only 4 percent of the Lower 48 still have "wilderness quality" characteristics. That may be your backyard, or it may be your once-in-a-lifetime dream-come-true.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers understands the value of well reasoned travel management planning that protects the fish and wildlife habitat that our sporting traditions depend on. National legislation introduced by Representative Walden (R-OR) has the potential of stripping the many habitat and sporting values that travel management protects. The following video highlights why travel management is important: