The mission: Backcountry Hunters & Anglers seeks to ensure North America’s outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting through education and work on behalf of wild public lands and waters.
Conservation has many causes, faces, and voices. One such voice that has gained volume, and does so with great focus, is that of the men and women at Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA). In terms most basic, the purpose of BHA is to keep our wild places wild.
In an effort to sustain both a culture and legacy of hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation, as well as preserving the lands on which those activities take place, BHA strives to balance man’s access to wild places with his impact on those same spaces. They are able to do so as a consistent, apolitical voice amongst strong political circles.
In addition to lobbying efforts for access issues, BHA takes a serious approach to responsible backcountry use practices. One such medium is their quarterly print publication, “Backcountry Journal.” This magazine includes reader submissions, tips to take afield, and a news section that highlights efforts or barriers to the conservation movement.
Whether pursuing bugling bulls or high altitude brookies, you may find yourself sharing the same position as the folks at Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. If a more active role in conservation is to your liking, jump over to the BHA website to check out their membership options.
With chapters across most of the western United States and the seeds of new chapters spread to the wind, getting involved is becoming easier by the day.
Next week, a look at the Mule Deer Foundation.