Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and Upslope Brewing Company recently teamed up for a month-long BHA membership sweepstakes (November 1-28: Pints for Public Lands) and Pint Night (on November 28) that, combined, brought in over 100 new BHA members! Colorado BHA’s Front Range Sponsor-Events Coordinator, Russell Bassett, spearheaded the chapter’s work on this collaboration with Upslope.
“Anywhere near Boulder this evening? Come on over to Upslope’s Flatirons tap room,” Russ said before the Nov. 28 Pint Night. “These Pint Nights are always a hoot and for a great cause. Upslope rocks it as hosts, the beer is some of the best in the state, and there are tons of cool prizes and giveaways … The folks I’ve met through BHA continue to impress when not only with how much meat they pack away in some of the harshest places in the state, but how much they give back … Hoist a pint for public lands, ya’ll.”
Anyone visiting an Upslope Brewing Co. location during November was able to register to win great prize packages, including: a Yeti Cooler, Upslope keg, guided fishing trip, Outdoor Edge knives, OnX Maps gift certificate, Danner boots and more. The sweepstakes prize winners were announced at Upslope’s Flatiron Park location during the Nov. 28 Pint Night, which was a great success, as detailed in Colorado BHA’s Instagram and Facebook posts (below).
“To the folks at Upslope Brewing Company, thank you for going the extra mile for our public lands, waters, and wildlife! Your efforts during the month of November helped us sign up over 100 members! OnX Hunt thank you for your generous contributions—you helped to make this event a huge hit! YETI, thanks for making our Grand Prize so great! And finally, thank you to everyone who attended, helped out and made this thing happen. You are the boots-on-the-ground that make the difference, you are BHA's power! Thank You! #PublicLandOwner.”
“Amazing turnout at the Pints For Public Lands event in Boulder, last night! Thanks to @upslope for being such gracious and eager hosts!, @onxhunt for buying beers and providing memberships!, all the great companies that donated the prize packages and all the awesome BHA members in attendance! This was one for the books!!” In response, our friends at Upslope said: “Proud to be supporting such a cool organization!”
“We brought in 106 memberships. More impressively, Upslope sold 65 of the 106 memberships for us,” explained Brien Webster, BHA’s Colorado & Wyoming Chapter Coordinator. “They have already committed to doing this again next year … everyone at National BHA was very impressed by this model and the strength of our relationship with Upslope.”
“A big thanks to Front Range Sponsor-Events Coordinator, Russell Bassett, Colorado BHA co-chair, Don Holmstrom, Northeast Colorado Regional Director, Ian DuClos, and the many other boots-on-the-ground Colorado BHA leaders and members who helped make this event a huge success and model for other chapters across the country to follow,” added chapter co-chair, David Lien (a former U.S. Air Force officer). “And when we team up with companies like Upslope Brewing Company, OnX Hunt, YETI and others working to protect and perpetuate our great public lands heritage, the results speak for themselves!”
Founded by Mike Beagle, a former U.S. Army field artillery officer, and formed around an Oregon campfire, in 2004, BHA is the sportsmen’s voice for our nation’s wild public lands, waters and wildlife. With over 25,000 members spread out across all 50 states and 13 Canadian provinces and territories, including chapters in 39 states and two international chapters—in Alberta and British Columbia—BHA brings an authentic, informed, boots-on-the-ground voice to the conservation of public lands. Since the Colorado BHA chapter was founded by David Petersen (a former U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot) in 2005 (the first official BHA chapter), they’ve grown their boots-on-the-ground presence to over 1,900 dedicated hunters and anglers.