Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) appointed Geordie Robinson to serve as our chapter “Culinary Liaison,” a first of its kind position for BHA state chapters and in line with Colorado breaking trail as the first official BHA state chapter, formed during 2005, only a year after the “Gang of Seven” stood around the first BHA campfire during March 2004.
Geordie was a featured chef at the 2021 North American Rendezvous Field to Table Dinner and has organized five Colorado BHA Annual Wild Game Cookoffs. In addition, he has contributed stories and recipes to BHA’s Field to Table blog, including Canada Goose Pitas (also featured in the 2021 BHA Calendar) and Fox Squirrel Carnitas.
Alex Krebs joined the Colorado BHA Chapter Leadership Team (CLT) as an Assistant Regional Director for the Southwest Colorado Group. Alex is an apprentice hunter education instructor and led a Turkey Hunting Seminar with BHA in the spring of 2021. Alex is planning to organize more events in the future.
“Alex has a serious passion for hunter education, R3 and shaping ethical sportsmen/women,” Southwest Colorado Assistant Regional Director Luke Kline said. “He has been involved in SW CO meetings in the past and helped with multiple events (including hosting the turkey hunting seminar here). He will be an asset to our team.” “I heartily recommend him,” added Southwest Colorado Regional Director Dan Parkinson. “Alex is an earnest and thoughtful outdoorsman and a dedicated advocate for wild places and wildlife.”
Luke Fitzgerald volunteered to serve as Co-Regional Director for Routt County “I’m interested in providing a voice for backcountry hunters and anglers in this area,” Luke said. “I also support the organization Keep Routt Wild and think the two organizations have common ground.” “We are lucky to have a chapter leader like Luke leading our wildlands and wildlife preservation efforts in Routt County,” said chapter Co-Chair David Lien (a former Air Force officer). “We need many more like him!”
Colorado BHA Central West Slope Assistant Regional Director, Adam Gall, was the recipient of BHA’s Jim Posewitz Award, presented at the 2021 BHA North American Rendezvous in Missoula (on June 3). “A former teacher, current small business owner and selfless advocate for our wildlands, wildlife and ethical hunting, Adam embodies what Jim Posewitz spent a lifetime promoting and defending,” said chapter co-chair Don Holmstrom. “Jim would be pleased to know that Adam truly embodies his professional legacy of fighting for wild places—as well as his teachings of personal hunting ethics.”
Adam is also a co-owner of BHA Corporate Partner Chrysalis Barrel Aged Beer in Paonia and provided plenty of their Keep Public Lands In Public Hands Saison for both the 2021 BHA North American Rendezvous and Colorado BHA Rendezvous. “We’ve just been calling it our BHA Beer and it’s probably our top seller,” Adam said. “They come in 4-packs and sell for $12 each with $1 going right back to BHA.”
Colorado BHA Southeast Group leaders Drew Trujillo and Justin Frey were part of a 17-member Backcountry Hunters & Anglers crew that cleaned up public lands west of Colorado Springs (on June 6). KOAA News covered their cleanup project. “Taking advantage of the beautiful nature Colorado has to offer comes with a great responsibility: leave nature the way you found it,” KOAA explained. “And one group is hoping their work cleaning up for people who haven’t met that responsibility will serve as an example.”
“This is not the prettiest sight if someone’s new to Colorado Springs or Colorado,” Drew Trujillo said during the cleanup. “We’re gonna get a lot of traffic. People are gonna drive by us and see us and see what we’re doing today.” And their work will set an example for others and hopefully this will be the last time they have to do this. Southeast Group Regional Director Ty Woodward added, “We have more work projects coming your way. Keep giving a damn!”