The newest issue of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers’ magazine is available today
MISSOULA, Mont. – The latest edition of BHA’s quarterly publication, Backcountry Journal, is arriving in members’ and distributors’ mailboxes this week. The new issue is loaded with educational and experiential articles about backcountry adventure, the politics of public lands – including BHA’s new campaign to Vote Public Lands and Waters – and just plain fun stuff. From the bayous of Louisiana to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness north of Yellowstone National Park, Backcountry Journal covers the continent. Here’s a taste of what’s inside:
Adirondack: Author, New England BHA Chapter leader, sixth generation Adirondacker and distant relative of Theodore Roosevelt, Todd Waldron recounts the chaotic night of Sept. 14, 1901, as his famous kin hurried from the Adirondack High Peaks to ascend to the presidency. That momentous night was on Todd’s mind 116 years later when he stumbled on a heavy-horned whitetail, mere miles from TR’s wagon path to a tremendous destiny.
Canada’s Water Access Laws: As an addendum to BHA’s 2017 Stream Access Report, which outlined water access laws as they relate to sportsmen in all 50 states, this issue of the journal breaks down the rights of hunters and anglers to get in and use the waters of Canada. Beginning with the 1882 Navigation Protection Act, one of Canada’s oldest laws, former Journal intern Maddie Vincent goes from the federal level to regional trends to individual provincial regulations on water passage and limited entry angling.
Beartooth Bison: Armed with a bow and Montana’s single raffle-drawn Bison Super Tag, BHA life member and author Mark Petroni headed deep into the rugged Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness on the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park. After a long search and a brief wardrobe malfunction, he made the most of this hunt of a lifetime.
Louisiana Water Wars: Veteran journalist, attorney and BHA member Charles Witek III breaks down the enduring conflict in Louisiana over public access to waterways. As impoundments and diversions of the Mississippi River continue to starve the bayous of sediment and wash away marshland, the state that bills itself as the “Sportsman’s Paradise” continues to fail to solve this conflict while hunters and anglers lose access to places frequented for generations.
Climbing for Tradition: The centerfold spread features another illustration straight from the notebook of renowned sporting artist and BHA member Ed Anderson. The scene captures all the all the anticipation, excitement and exhaustion of a kid’s first elk hunt as he takes aim at a spike bull.
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: Backcountry Journal Editor Sam Lungren and his father Kevin dreamed about paddling the famed Boundary Waters for decades. This spring they made that dream a reality – maybe just in time, as the Trump administration moves toward early termination of an environmental assessment and mineral withdrawal for mining leases adjacent and upstream of the wilderness itself.
Backcountry Journal is distributed to BHA members, elected officials and land management agencies. 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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