Recognizing the importance that college students play in BHA’s conservation and public land protection mission, the Collegiate Program works to foster the next generation of conservation leaders. By connecting college students with their community and BHA state chapters, we are working to create a louder and more diverse voice for public lands, waters, and wildlife.


The mission of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is 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. Our Collegiate Program serves to further this mission by doing the following:

  • Giving current students attending college a foundation to enrich their conservation mindset and become active in civic engagement as it relates to public lands, waters, and wildlife
  • Giving aspiring hunters and anglers attending college the tools and knowledge necessary to obtain a license and hunt or fish safely, legally, and ethically
  • Connecting college students to BHA chapters to grow leadership within the BHA community, recognizing BHA’s youthful energy is key to fostering the next generation of conservation-minded hunters, anglers, and public land advocates

The BHA College Club program began in 2015 at the University of Montana and currently has 26 collegiate clubs with several more in the works. We have active clubs at the following universities:

  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of Calgary
  • University of British Columbia Okanagan
  • Auburn University
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Colorado State University
  • Western Colorado University
  • Boise State
  • University of Idaho
  • Kansas State University
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Central Michigan University
  • University of Minnesota
  • Mississippi State University
  • Montana State University
  • University of Montana
  • North Carolina State
  • University of Nevada Reno
  • Clarion University
  • Utah State University
  • St. Michael's College
  • Gonzaga University
  • Washington State University
  • University of Wisconsin Steven's Point
  • Holland (MI)

If you are interested in starting a club at your school, please contact BHA Campus Outreach Coordinator, Kylie Schumacher, at [email protected]. Access the Collegiate Program Brochure here.