A land that is facing ceaseless development. A people mired in obesity from their over-reliance upon technology and motorized equipment. A quality of life—particularly the sporting life—that is rapidly careening downhill. These are some of the basic tenants of our call to arms—for American and Canadian sportsmen and women to stand up for the wild country and wildlife that depend so much upon it. Now, more than ever before, we need wild lands: places to rekindle the depths of the human soul. Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is a non-partisan group of sportsmen and women who are standing up for wilderness and for the wildlife that depends upon it.
Learn how to tie a bowline knot, truckers hitch, sheet bend, clove hitch, and taut line hitch by setting up making a hammock out of a canvas tarp.
Solitude, spirituality, wild food, challenge and escape were the themes of responses our Facebook Fans gave when we asked "I hunt Wilderness because ____." In recognition of 50 years of the Wilderness Act, we've compiled 50 reasons why BHA fans choose to hunt the Wilderness...
1. I hate hunting in crowds!!!!!!!!! -Robert Benavidez
2. It's therapeutic. -Patrick Smith
3. I seek solitude. -Luke Johnson
4. For the beauty of nature. Its the closest you can come to how the world in its purest form that you can get in touch with. And get in touch with your purest self. -Shawn Maver
5. That's what men do. -Bill Lamb
6. I feel so much closer to what the good lord has given us. -Harold Cohick
7. It is where I belong. -Peter Morrow
8. I do it for the adventure and the challenge. -Sean West
9. There are few humans. -Bryan Lipscy
10. I seek the path less traveled. -Trevor Herrman
11. No ATVs, no Keystone Light cans! -Mark Penninger
DENVER -- Colorado's backcountry's streams and lakes offer a lifetime of fishing opportunity for anglers willing to explore. But hiking into these high-country fisheries can be daunting for those who have never done it before.
To help give anglers the skills and confidence needed to take that next step, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is joining with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to present "A Taste of Backcountry Angling," on August 23 near Empire, Colorado.
This day-long clinic is designed for intermediate anglers and will offer presentations on safe backcountry travel and camping, tips on catching trout in lakes and streams, and hands-on instruction in spin- and fly fishing. Participants will also have an opportunity to fish two high-country lakes during the morning and afternoon bite.
Back in October 1991 the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its Wilderness Study Report for the Browns Canyon Wilderness Study Area (WSA) between Salida and Buena Vista in Chaffee County, Colo., saying (in part): “Due … to its rugged topography, this WSA is important habitat for numerous wildlife species such as mule deer, mountain lion and bighorn sheep ... bobcat, black bear … and … elk.”
Colorado U.S. Senator Mark Udall has introduced legislation that would protect 22,000 acres of Browns Canyon, to ensure that the canyon remains just like it is now for coming generations of hunters, anglers and others. Salida area resident Bill Sustrich is a Word War II/U.S. Navy veteran and National Rifle Association (NRA) Life/Benefactor Member who raised a family of four youngsters on deer, elk, and trout he shot and caught in Browns Canyon and surrounding public lands.