Colorado BHA Friends,
The sixth annual Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Rendezvous is scheduled for June 6–8, 2014. We’ll be setting up camp in the San Juan National Forest south of Pagosa Springs at the Blanco River Campground (this is a new rendezvous location for us: see maps and links below for detailed directions and additional information):
[Directions from Pagosa Springs: Travel south on Hwy 84 13.0 miles and turn east on Forest Development Road #656 for 1.75 miles]
We’ve reserved the Blanco River group site for Friday through Sunday. See the links below for additional information:
Colorado BHA is pleased to announce that White River National Forest Habitat Watchman, Bob Shettle, has been invited by Colorado Parks & Wildlife director, Bob Broscheid, to serve as the West Slope Angler Representative on the Wildlife Council.
As an avid outdoorsman, experienced teacher and passionate backcountry enthusiast, Shettle brings a unique perspective to the Wildlife Council, whose aim is to “oversee the design of a comprehensive media-based public information program to educate the general public about the benefits of wildlife, wildlife management, and wildlife-related recreational opportunities in Colorado, specifically hunting and fishing.”
Bob was born on the east coast and spent his formative years in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, where he started hunting whitetails at age 16. Today he hunts deer and elk and fishes the high country of the central Rockies, and calls Redstone, Colorado, home. Bob was a motorcycle and OHV mechanic for the first part of his career, then an automotive technician, and later taught Auto Technology in public schools for the last 15 years. Now semi-retired, Bob holds four International Game Fish Association line class world records for California golden trout, dating back to the 1980’s. He spends at least a week each year stomping around the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming, in search of still bigger golden trout.
In response to growing concerns raised by Colorado BHA members and other sportsmen, the Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) Commission is planning to make a final vote on regulations that would ban the use of drones for hunting on Friday. Here's a brief clip from Terry Wickstrom Outdoors and Randy Hampton of CPW on the reasoning behind this proposed regulation:
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.