Inside the Summer Issue of BHA’s Backcountry Journal

Backcountry Journal Summer 2017 Cover
Backcountry Journal Summer 2017 Cover

Backcountry Hunters and AnglersMISSOULA, Mont. -( The summer issue of Backcountry Journal is arriving in BHA members’ mailboxes this week.

Here’s a taste of what you’ll find inside:

  • Stream Access Now: Our third annual stream access feature breaks down stream access laws state by state and includes important information to keep you legal when wading or floating through private lands. Unique state laws are presented through the stories and experiences of anglers affected by them.
  • The Fishermen of the Harlem Meer: A group of New Yorkers known as “The Fishermen” spend most of their time teaching children to fish in the Harlem Meer, a small lake in Central Park. The Fishermen provide a valuable service to the community, introducing the outdoors to kids who might not otherwise have that exposure. Author Taimur Ahmad grew up fishing the Harlem Meer with The Fishermen. He adapted this piece from his senior thesis at Princeton University.
  • The Conservation Ethic: Fair chase is an experimental endeavor, says Jim Posewitz, biologist and founder of Orion: The Hunter’s Institute. Not until the last century have humans intentionally limited themselves in the hunt. Directly tied to that, Posewitz says, is the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, which stipulates that the public owns wildlife and manages populations through hunting and conservation practices.
  • Gold at the End of the Rainbow: Mountaineer Finis Mitchell planted golden trout in the highest and most pristine alpine lakes in Wyoming’s Wind River Range, isolating them from other trout species and keeping the strain pure. Catching one of these trout was on writer and photographer Mike Gnatkowski’s bucket list for many years. He tells how he was able to knock that off his list – and put a massive golden trout in the net.
  • Crossing Corners: Much of our public lands are accessible by roads, trails and easements. However, more than 4 million acres remain inaccessible due to being partially or completely surrounded by private lands. Crossing the corners where two public land plots meet diagonally can allow an individual access to partially surrounded land, though this practice is deemed trespassing in several states. BHA intern Maddie Vincent looks at the current debates surrounding this issue.

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 is now available in a digital flipbook edition, available to members on the BHA website. Join BHA today to get your copy.

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The “access” issue is real, for both hikers and hunters. But, as usual, the issue is muddied by the “slobs and ignoramuses” who do things like harass cattle, leave behind trash, or leave gates open. The latter is a regular topic of concern on the cattle owner blogs regarding major hiking trails that cross private land. The rule is: always leave a gate the way you found it. If open, leave open. If closed, leave closed. Most people know that, but they say they left it open for people in their group following them (close it anyway, they can open… Read more »