News for Immediate Release
Jan. 28, 2019
Contact: Katie McKalip, 406-240-9262, [email protected]
Inside the Winter Issue of BHA’s Backcountry Journal
The newest issue of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers’ magazine is available today
MISSOULA, Mont. – The newest edition of BHA’s quarterly publication, Backcountry Journal, has arrived in members’ and distributors’ mailboxes. This issue, featuring cover art by Ed Anderson, runs the gamut of public lands hunting and fishing in North America and is packed with stories and how-to articles from BHA members. Here’s a taste of what’s inside:
Wilderness Study Areas: Outdoorsman and writer E. Donnall Thomas Jr. explores the recent onslaught on valuable backcountry lands known as wilderness study areas. 2018 saw an unprecedented effort to open up critical wildlife habitat in Montana and Wyoming to development and off-road use. Thomas wades into the controversy surrounding WSAs, arguing against the ominous dogmatism surrounding wilderness designation in the West.
Alberta Flush: Alberta BHA board member and biologist Cornel Yarmoloy spent his 2017 hunting season running his dog through Canada’s public lands in search of one of each of Canada’s upland bird species, save the protected sage grouse. His account of this quest for willow ptarmigan, pheasants, gray partridge and five grouse species celebrates Canada’s wealth of upland hunting opportunity.
Canoeing for Virginia Whitetails: BHA members James Revercomb and Austin Bousman recount their wilderness canoe trip in pursuit of Virginia’s backcountry whitetails during the rut. This is not your run of the mill Eastern whitetail adventure, but it ends with a big buck riding shotgun in a canoe down a rapid – the perfect end to a rugged backcountry hunt in some of the East’s wildest country.
How to Tan Your Hide: Neal Ritter, an accomplished primitive skills instructor, provides a comprehensive how-to manual on how to tan hides for leatherworking and flytying materials. We bet that you’ll think twice about leaving hides in the backcountry after reading Ritter’s guide to DIY tanning.
Landlocked Public Lands: More than 9.5 million acres of U.S. public lands and waters are closed to public access, according to a recent study by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership onX that details state by state the staggering amount of public lands inaccessible thanks to private lands and gated roads. The TRCP’s Randall Williams reckons with this reality and makes a resounding case for permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Backcountry Journal is distributed to BHA members, elected officials and land management agencies. It also is available in a digital flipbook edition, available to members on the BHA website. Join BHA today to get your copy.
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