BHA recognizes the important role college students play in the protection of and access to public lands and waters, conservation of critical wildlife habitat, and upholding the ethics of fair chase. Our goal is to kick-start formal, university-recognized clubs made up of public land advocates who want to take an active role in conservation and public lands protection.
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:
- Enriching the conservation mindset of college students and fostering active civic engagement as it relates to public lands, waters, and wildlife
- Teaching aspiring hunters and anglers attending college the skills 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 our community, recognizing that BHA’s youthful energy is key to fostering the next generation of conservation-minded hunters, anglers, and public land advocates