CANCELLED - To be rescheduled with the USFS at a later date!
Due to concerns around COVID-19, the Kiowa Fence Project & Chapter Campout has been cancelled. While we are incredibly disappointed, the safety of our members and partners is our highest priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support and please stay tuned to chapter communications for more information on this and other future events as we try to regroup and reschedule.
Spring is right around the corner and its time for New Mexico hunters and anglers to start gearing up for the year ahead. Put April 3rd-5th on your calendars now and join BHA’s chapter getaway to the Kiowa National Grassland (KNG). Here you’ll lend a hand for antelope conservation, get to know your fellow BHA members, and scout out the beautiful Mills Canyon area all in one trip.
RSVP below by March 23rd, 2020!
Here is what’s in stock. The hardworking folks on the KNG have established that allotment fencing is a significant barrier to pronghorn movement, and have asked for our help to modify old barbed wire fencing so that the herd can scoot underneath the bottom wire unharmed. We’ll happily take this opportunity to help out our wildlife, and we won’t be wasting the chance to have a good time either.
We’ll be camping out the nights of April 3rd and 4th at the Mills Canyon Rim Campground, one of New Mexico’s true gems just above the Canadian River. Grassland researchers will be on hand to fill us in on land management practices in the area and shortgrass prairie ecology, among other topics. Bright and early April 4th we’ll get to work alongside Grassland staff to raise fence bottom wire heights or replace them with smooth wire where appropriate. No expertise necessary, just a willingness to put in some elbow grease to improve antelope migration in this important habitat zone!
Saturday after a solid day’s work we’ll gather around camp for a potluck meal and chapter celebration. The agenda here is still in the works, but certainly we’ll get to the important tasks of egregious food consumption and comparing notes on what us sportsmen saw happen in 2019. Bring a dish and perhaps a hunting story to share around camp. On Sunday April 5th we’ll conclude with an optional half day of work in the morning, or you might take the opportunity to scout out the area’s hunting and fishing potential on your own.
A few final details to keep in mind. You must RSVP for this event so that we can make the proper arrangements, please do so before March 23rd to reserve a spot for you and your companions. The event is also kid and family friendly, just let us know how many in your group to expect on the work crew. The campground includes developed sites and vault toilets but no running water or trash service. BHA will not be formally providing camping gear or transportation, however we will be helping to coordinate potential carpools if needed as the time nears.
Directions from the Forest Service Website: Traveling from Abbot, NM at the intersection of US Highway (Hwy) 56 and NM Hwy 39, drive south on NM Hwy 39 approximately 16 miles and turn west onto Mills Canyon Road #600. Drive west approximately 6 miles to the campground.
Traveling from Roy, NM on Hwy 39, drive north approximately 10 miles and turn west onto Mills Canyon Road #600. Continue west approximately 6 miles to the campground.
Mills Rim Campground is accessible for recreational vehicles and trailers.