Colorado BHA held its 7th annual Rendezvous (& Browns Canyon National Monument celebration) during June 5-7. A group of thirty hunters and anglers from around the state set up camp in the San Isabel National Forest west of Salida/Poncha Springs. Camp was located in a high-mountain meadow (known locally as the “goat wadi”) covering about 6 acres at 10,000 feet in the Sawatch Range. We were next to the Colorado Trail and south of the 167,414-acre Collegiate Peaks Wilderness with easy access to a number of hiking and fishing locales.
It was a relaxed, mostly unstructured “get acquainted” weekend with some serious conversation, plenty of laughter, and good company. During the day Saturday, folks dispersed to go hiking and fishing, returning during the late afternoon for an informal chapter meeting to discuss where we’ve been, where we’re going, and to recognize our collective contributions to BHA’s rapidly growing list of conservation (and other) accomplishments.
Elk, goose, mule deer, mountain lion and more!
Join Backcountry Hunters & Anglers for our first wild game cook-off competition, Thursday, June 11th at Willow Farm Park in Longmont from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM.
Everyone is invited to come out to sample and vote on your favorite wild game dish. The person who cooks-up the winning dish will take home a load of prizes.
Join us for lawn games, guest speakers, beer from Grossen Bart Brewery, raffles, silent auction items and tons of wild meat!
We hope that you can join us!
For more information, call Tim at 651-206-4669.
From Colorado BHA Habitat Watchman, Bob Shettle
First, an introduction. I am Bob Shettel, one of BHA’s forest watchmen for White River Nat’l Forest. A year ago, I had the honor of being selected as a member of our group to the Colorado Dept. of Parks and Wildlife’s Advisory Council. We are the group tasked with public education about the benefits of hunting and angling to the state. You may have seen our Hug A Hunter/Hug an Angler ads on television. We are funded by the $0.75 surcharge on hunting and fishing licenses.
The group is a result of legislation passed in the early nineties after the passage of the spring bear hunt/trapping ban initiative. The goal is to have a group in place to weigh-in on future ballot initiatives that could endanger our hunting and fishing privileges. Our mission is to educate the average voter so we can avoid these decisions based on emotion rather than science.
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.