Minnesota BHA Friends,
The fourth annual Minnesota Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Rendezvous is scheduled for August 19–21, 2016. We’ll be setting up camp at a Group campsite in Wild River State Park on the St. Croix River (about 60 miles north of Minneapolis-St. Paul & 115 miles south of Duluth). Wild River State Park is located on the banks of the St. Croix River. It’s named “Wild River” because it was one of the rivers protected by Congress in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968.
For the full announcement, complete with maps and directions, click here.
[Directions: From I-35, take State Highway 95 to Almelund/County Road 12. Turn left on CR 12 and drive 3 miles to park entrance]
See the links below for additional information: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/wild_river/index.html; http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/wild_river/maps.html
The Minnesota chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) was recently recognized as BHA’s Chapter of the Month (November 2015) for their work on helping to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from sulfide mining and working with state’s Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) on its adult learn-to-hunt program.
Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is America’s most visited wilderness area, encompassing more than 1 million acres. The clear waters and unspoiled forests of the Boundary Waters provide critical habitat for fish and other wildlife, including moose, bear, deer, walleye, bass, trout, pike, grouse and waterfowl. However, the BWCAW is threatened by proposed sulfide-ore copper mines near the wilderness boundary and in the surrounding watershed.
The Minnesota chapter is working diligently to keep the BWCAW pristine and mining pollution-free. As part of this ongoing effort, Minnesota BHA joined forces with Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters to co-host a showing of “Fish Out of Water,” a three-part film series produced by BHA member Mark Norquist that showcases what’s at stake in the BWCAW. The event attracted some 150 attendees, 17 of whom became new BHA members.
Minnesota BHA Friends,
The second annual Minnesota Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Rendezvous is scheduled for August 14–16, 2015. We’ll be setting up camp at a Group campsite in Whitewater State Park west of Rochester.
[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 GC02 (see campground map), 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 (ideally ensuring it’s DNR approved/not contaminated with emerald ash borer), the contribution will be greatly appreciated.
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.