Inside the Winter Issue of BHA’s Backcountry Journal

MISSOULA, Mont. – The winter 2018 issue of Backcountry Journal is arriving in BHA members’ mailboxes in time for the holidays. Here are some highlights from this issue:

Required Reading: We asked our staff, board and some literary friends about their favorite books and why they matter. The result is a “best of” list of works critical to the sportsmen-conservation movement and understanding the people and ideas behind it. It also offers some top-notch fireside reading this winter…and gift ideas for the hunter or angler on your list.

Hornaday Wilderness: One hundred and twelve years after conservation legend William T. Hornaday ventured into the wilds of British Columbia’s Elk Valley, author David Quinn re-creates parts of the trip with a group of local youths. The de facto wilderness is one of precious few in the region and was constantly encroached upon in the last century. Quinn points to the importance of protecting areas like this that connect us to our past and allow for primitive recreation like backcountry hunting and fishing.

Boundary Waters Ice Fishing: The most visited wilderness area in the United States is largely deserted come winter. Ice several feet deep isn’t conducive to canoeing. The fish, however, are no less willing, as author Joe Friedrichs finds when he does some backcountry ice fishing with his friend and cancer survivor Jonathan Haun.

A Conversation with Jim Posewitz: Author, biologist, ethicist, historian and conservationist Jim Posewitz talks with Backcountry Journal editor Sam Lungren about the past, present and future of the movement that restored wildlife to North America – and what we must remember to keep moving forward.

Pie in the Sky: In this humorous essay, author Neal Ritter recounts the misadventures of learning to hunt with his Italian father-in-law, Raffaele. After they finally purchase firearms and head into the field, the only “game” they locate are grasshoppers and airborne cow pies.

Backcountry Journal is distributed to 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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