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Minnesota Backcountry Hunters & Anglers 2nd Annual Rendezvous, August 15-17

Minnesota BHA Friends,

backcountry-rendezvousThe second annual Minnesota Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Rendezvous is scheduled for August 15–17, 2014. We’ll be setting up camp at a Group campsite in Whitewater State Park west of Rochester. See the maps/links below for additional information:

[Directions: The park is located 3 miles south of Elba on State Highway 74]

Whitewater State Park is adjacent to 21,050-acre Whitewater Wildlife Management Area

We’ll be in group campsite GC2, and the event will begin as folks drift in Friday afternoon and evening, with an extended social hour and, weather permitting, a group campfire. If anyone is willing/able to haul in a load of community firewood, the contribution will be greatly appreciated.

Overall, this will be another relaxed, mostly unstructured “get acquainted” weekend, with a Saturday afternoon get-together and general membership meeting (starting at 4:00 p.m.) where we can exchange ideas, congrats, frustrations, etc.

Our meeting will be followed by a group wild game cookout, with BHA supplying the sides, chips/dip, etc. Let MN BHA co-chair Erik Jensen know if you can bring/contribute some wild game. We’ll also pick up plates/utensils, but feel free to bring/supply your own.

Please e-mail or call if you think you will probably come so we know how many to plan for, or if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you in camp!

Erik Jensen

Co-Chair, Minnesota

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

The Sportsman's Voice for Our Wild Public Lands, Waters and Wildlife


-Report/photos from the first annual MN BHA Rendezvous (Sept. 2013):



Copper Mining in Northern MN will Lead to Poisoned Waterways & Impoverished Towns

bwca-buck2The following op-ed by MN BHA Board Member, David Lien was originally published in the Duluth News Tribune, February 1, 2014.

PolyMet is one of several companies considering mining operations in Northeastern Minnesota to extract sulfide metals from the so-calledDuluth Complex of rock. During a recent public meeting in Duluth on the NorthMet/PolyMet Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement, an estimated 1,300 people packed the room.

Although pro-sulfide-mining interests reportedly sent seven busloads of sulfide-mining supporters, apparently to make a show of force, about two-thirds of the testimony was from mine opponents. Hunters and anglers are particularly concerned about the impacts of sulfide mining. “I’m an outdoorsman, and I’m concerned about water quality,” said Jim Juntti of Barnum, according to the News Tribune’s coverage. “I asked them what the plan is if something happens and that (tailings basin) opens up and things go bad … They didn’t really have an answer for me.”

That’s because sulfide-mining companies are bending over to gloss over (or to cover up) the fact that the generation of acid mine drainage will continue as long as sulfides, water and air mix. No new technologies have emerged that can stop the chemical reaction once it begins.

Minnesota BHA Rendezvous Chippewa National Forest (6–8 Sept., 2013)

ducks DarrelMinnesota BHA held its first annual Rendezvous during September 6-8. A group of a dozen attendees from around the state set camp in northern Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest. About half of the 1.6 million acres within the boundaries of the Chippewa are water, including 1,300 lakes, almost a thousand miles of streams, and many wetlands. Camp was located at Darrell Spencer’s cabin on Third River just south of Dixon Lake, not far from the 7,000-acre North Winnie Semi Primitive Non-Motorized Area.

The weekend fell on Youth Waterfowl Day (September 7), and we feasted on fresh duck cooked over a campfire Saturday evening along with elk backstrap and tenderloin compliments of renowned elk hunter (and Colorado BHA founder) David “Elkheart” Petersen. Here’s a short video (The Outdoor Report: “Waterfowling Adventure”) featuring Darrell Spencer jump-shooting ducks in vicinity of his Third River cabin.

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