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Colorado BHA Hosts 2nd Annual Angling Workshop

070DENVER -- Colorado's backcountry's streams and lakes offer a lifetime of fishing opportunity for anglers willing to explore. But hiking into these high-country fisheries can be daunting for those who have never done it before.

To help give anglers the skills and confidence needed to take that next step, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is joining with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to present "A Taste of Backcountry Angling," on August 23 near Empire, Colorado.

This day-long clinic is designed for intermediate anglers and will offer presentations on safe backcountry travel and camping, tips on catching trout in lakes and streams, and hands-on instruction in spin- and fly fishing. Participants will also have an opportunity to fish two high-country lakes during the morning and afternoon bite.

BHA Member Dan Martel Presents: "Tracks on Trails" - Mammal Tracking for Hike Leaders & Photographers - August 19th

“Tracks on Trails” – Mammal Tracking for Hike Leaders & Photographers

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Presenter: BHA Member, Dan Martel

Have you ever wondered what creature left those tracks or scat on the trail? This workshop will teach simple and effective techniques for identifying common Colorado mammals. Topics include the use of simple track taxonomies, habitat, season, accurate measurement and aging. Other topics will include the use of field guides and tips for wildlife observation.

Photographers if you are interested in capturing wildlife in your camera lens this seminar is for you.

Transferring Federal Public Lands to States: Bad for Hunters and Anglers

Terry-JonasAs a big game hunter who (like over 90% of Colorado sportsmen) hunts public lands, the recent push by some elected officials and big-industry groups to transfer our federal public lands to state ownership, or to sell them off outright to private interests, is more than a little troubling. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that long ago (during the Bush administration years) that similar shenanigans were taking place: former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) introduced a bill requiring the federal government to sell off 15 percent of national forest lands and 15 percent of lands managed by Interior Department agencies.

More recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget engineered by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) that supports selling “unneeded acreage” of federal land on the open market. And here in Colorado, legislation sponsored by Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg (R) and Senator Scott Renfroe (R) is aimed at “transferring” our federal lands to the state. But all such proposals are bad for sportsmen, bad for wildlife and bad for anyone who recreates on public lands.

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