1) We’re looking for volunteers (2-3) to help coordinate the annual Taste of Backcountry Angling Workshop hosted in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). If interested contact Tony Dymek: [email protected]
2) Cook a wild game dish for our annual Wild Game Cook-off in Longmont (on May 5). If interested in demonstrating your wild game culinary skills, for a shot at winning $100s in prizes, contact Geordie Robinson: [email protected] Also see Colorado BHA’s 3rd Annual Wild Game Cook-Off Report
3) Coordinate a public lands clean-up day in conjunction with Colorado Public Lands Day (the third Saturday in May). For additional information see: http://copubliclandsday.com/. Also consider a clean-up day in conjunction with National Hunting and Fishing Day (the fourth Saturday in September), Public Lands Month (September) or National Hunting and Fishing Month (October). For additional information see: http://www.nhfday.org/; BHA celebrates Public Lands Month/BHA declares September “Public Lands Month”; and, goHunt (“October is now National Hunting and Fishing Month”). To get involved contact: [email protected]
4) Write an op-ed or letter-to-the-editor (LTE) in support of public lands. For guidance (i.e., a “Sportsmen’s Tutorial” on writing LTEs/op-eds), contact chapter chairman, David Lien: [email protected]
5) Help prevent illegal OHV use on public lands by partnering with the BLM/USFS on an OHV Education Signage project. For additional information see: BHA Teams-Up with USFS to Protect Habitat & Access and BHA Sign Installation Work Day. Contact Rick Seymour or Steven Choromanski for tips on how to get started: [email protected]; [email protected]
6) Attend Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Commission meetings. It’s important to have local Colorado BHA members present at monthly meetings to help relay BHA’s positions on issues impacting: access and opportunity, fish and wildlife habitat and fair chase ethics. For additional information contact the chapter’s CPW Liaison, Bob Shettel: [email protected]
7) BHA is developing a Mentorship Program that connects experienced hunters, anglers and conservation advocates with students at colleges throughout the state.BIf interested in volunteering, contact Trey Curtis: [email protected] You can also assist/join one of BHA’s college chapters in Colorado: the Colorado State University (CSU) Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (contact CSU chapter president, Matt Eischens, for additional information: [email protected]) or Western State Colorado University (WSCU) Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (contact WSCU chapter president, Johnathan Kelley, for additional information: [email protected])
8) Colorado BHA’s Habitat Watch Volunteer (HWV) Program has long served as a grassroots-driven program that connects local land managers with BHA volunteers who are passionate about conserving fish and wildlife habitat on public lands. Volunteers partner with agencies by organizing work projects, participating in land management discussions and commenting on forest plans. For additional information contact HWV Program Director, Don Holmstrom: [email protected] Also see our HWV webpage: https://www.backcountryhunters.org/habitat_watchmen
9) Assist one of our Colorado BHA Groups (i.e., sub-chapters). In Southeast Colorado (the greater Pueblo/Colorado Springs/Monument/Peyton/Woodland Park/Divide area) contact SE CO Group Leader/Regional Director Ty Woodward ([email protected]) or SE CO Assistant Group Leader/RD Ben Montgomery ([email protected]). In the Denver metro area contact Denver Group Leader/Regional Director Ian DuClos ([email protected]) or Assistant Group Leader/Regional Director Travis Cashion ([email protected]). Also check out Colorado BHA’s Group Leaders webpage
10) Consider hosting a BHA Pint Night or other event. We’re always looking for volunteers who are willing to help coordinate a film tour, storytelling night, Pint Night, wild game cook-off, etc. For additional information contact West Slope Sponsor/Events Coordinator (Rick Seymour: [email protected]) or Front Range Sponsor/Events Coordinator (Russell Bassett: [email protected])
11) Attend the annual Colorado BHA Rendezvous to meet fellow members, enjoy wild game and participate in chapter planning. For additional information see the CO BHA Facebook Events page.
12) Take Action on BHA priority issues: https://www.backcountryhunters.org/take_action.
13) Stay up-to-date on Colorado BHA issues/events via our Facebook page.
14) Buy a BHA (gift) membership for a friend or relative.
-Also see: Will Jenkins, former Great Lakes Outreach Coordinator for Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. “The Greatest Need in Conservation & How to Fill It.” The Will to Hunt: 12/11/17. http://www.thewilltohunt.com/2017/12/greatest-need-conservation-fill/