Inside the Spring Issue of BHA’s Backcountry Journal

News for Immediate Release
March 7, 2018
Contact: Katie McKalip, 406-240-9262, mckalip@backcountryhunters.org

Inside the Spring Issue of BHA’s Backcountry Journal

The newest issue of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers’ magazine is available now

MISSOULA, Mont. – The spring 2018 issue of Backcountry Journal, newly expanded to 68 pages, is arriving in Backcountry Hunters & Anglers members’ mailboxes now. From North Carolina and Maine to Alaska and Iraq, our members share stories of hunting and fishing and conserving and enjoying our public lands. BHA chapters and college clubs are stepping up, too, filling seven pages with their reports on habitat restoration projects, fundraising efforts, conservation policy engagement and, of course, lots of Public Land Pint Nights. Here are some highlights from the new issue:

Kings of the Koktuli: When author John Squires flew in a bush plane across the tundra in southwest Alaska, all he could do was worry about seeing signs of human disturbance. Yet the launch of his 10-day float inside the footprint of the proposed Pebble Mine site revealed only a caribou welcoming committee. Northern Dynasty Minerals is continuing its push to develop a massive gold and copper mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, the most productive salmon producing region in the world. John paints a picture of this wild place and the values we stand to lose should Pebble become a reality.

Crazy Business: Legendary sporting writer E. Donnall Thomas Jr. breaks down what’s happening right now in central Montana’s Crazy Mountains, where landowners are attempting to close off established trails into public lands. This issue is garnering national attention and has national implications for sportsmen and women as the legal underpinnings of prescriptive easements come under threat.

Bordering on Insanity: In an attempt to satiate two obsessions – swinging flies for steelhead and long-distance biking – former Backcountry Journal intern Brian Ohlen set out to fish the West Coast. All of it. Beginning in British Columbia and ending at the Mexican border, Ohlen biked and fished through an exceptionally rainy, high water winter, making friends and even finding a little chrome.

Soldier’s Solace: Maj. Jeffrey Jones, U.S. Army Reserve, read about the fight to conserve Alabama’s wilderness areas while he was deployed in Baghdad, Iraq. This inspired Jones to prepare congressional testimony should he be asked to explain how public lands help him prepare for war – and clear the fog when he returns. Countless other veterans, he says, rely on these places of solace. Isn’t that enough to protect?

Cliven Bundy Visits Montana: Fresh from a mistrial over his 2014 standoff with the BLM in Bunkerville, Nevada, Cliven Bundy came to Paradise, Montana, in January to preach to his supporters about his stilted worldview – including the idea that federal management of public lands is illegitimate. BHA members were there, too, to make it known that neither all Montanans, nor Americans for that matter, accept his threats to our outdoor heritage. Journal editor Sam Lungren recounts the experience.

Backcountry Journal is distributed to BHA members, regional BLM and Forest Service offices, and the home and D.C. offices of legislators from states where BHA has chapters. 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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