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2018 Q2 Conservation Project

Q2 / 2018: Conservation Partner Project Beneficiary


Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Hunting For Sustainability

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With basin + bend, supporting conservation is easy! By simply purchasing your favorite hunting and fishing gear from basin + bend (at the same price you would at any other retailer) you'll be sending 11% of your purchases directly to the project. Instead of donating an unknown "portion of the profits" to a conservation effort, we show you exactly how much is going to be donated to this specific project.


It all starts with access: Backcountry Hunters & Anglers provides a unique voice for sportsmen and women who value conservation and the future of our heritage and family traditions. We represent the challenge, solitude and adventure that only the backcountry can provide, and we are working hard with boots on the ground at all levels to ensure that our roadless areas and backcountry are protected for the fish and wildlife that thrive there.

Not all of our public lands are accessible, however, and we are working to advance administrative and legislative solutions at the state and national levels – solutions that facilitate collaboration among stakeholders to open access to landlocked public lands and secure stewardship opportunities for those landscapes so that hunters and anglers can continue to be America's conservation leaders.

As sportsmen, our power and influence to conserve what we love lies in our numbers. When we speak up to Congress, land management agencies and in stakeholder coalitions, we stand with all our members behind us. With your help, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers will continue to grow as a force for sustaining wild lands, wildlife, native fisheries and the kind of authentic backcountry experience we are determined to pass on to future generations.

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers' 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.



Hunting for Sustainability was launched in 2016 by Backcountry Hunters & Anglers as a way to spur new, conservation-minded hunters and anglers while also engaging with college students who already hunt and fish, and it's expanding to a state near you.

BHA’s Hunting for Sustainability addresses the challenge some would-be hunters experience as they attempt to break into the sport, offering novices a hands-on weekend of learning guided by seasoned hunters and other experts. 



Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Hunting for Sustainability

Overview of the issue

With the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reporting a decline in hunter numbers overall, BHA’s Hunting for Sustainability addresses the challenge some would-be hunters experience as they attempt to break into the sport, offering novices a hands-on weekend of learning guided by seasoned hunters and other experts. A pilot program initiated by BHA in Montana in partnership with the Boone and Crockett Club covers topics ranging from hunting ethics and game management to firearms safety and field dressing techniques. Participants leave with the skills and knowledge to get started hunting – and a better appreciation of the public lands system and the role hunters play in conservation. 

The Hunting for Sustainability model has a proven track record of success. From purchasing a rifle as soon as they returned home from the event to buying a hunting license the same year, students gain the confidence to take those first steps toward hunting. Similarly, BHA club members who are experienced hunters have taken the time to lend knowledge to new or novice hunters. The University of Montana BHA Club is working hard to ensure that students returning from Hunting for Sustainability have guidance so they can take those next steps. 

Weekend Retreat

Students gather for a full weekend to discuss hunting and land ethics, motivations for hunting, the role of hunters in conservation, laws and regulations, public and private lands, access, wildlife conservation and game management. We explore basic hunting skills from orienteering, reading animal tracks and sign and understanding habitat, along with introducing students to a variety of hunting types and techniques. The students actively participate in the field dressing, processing and cooking of a deer, as well as gun safety and time at the range. Thanks to generous support from partner organizations, state wildlife agencies and corporate partners like basin + bend, BHA has been able to offer this event free of cost.

Wild Food

All meals throughout the weekend are served with wild game, upholding the focus of the course, which is to connect interested students to the values of sustainably and ethically harvested clean and local food.

Follow Through

Over the course of the program, more than 40 percent of the participants have purchased a hunting license for the first time; just under half of these hunters have successfully harvested an animal. Many other students have accompanied licensed big game hunters in the field to learn.

Coming to Colorado

In 2018, Hunting for Sustainability will be expanding to Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming – and more states in the years to come! Your purchases through basin + bend will help provide the funds necessary to bring the program to Colorado colleges and universities.

The success has engaged BHA in a similar endeavor - Fishing for Sustainability that will be piloted in Montana in Spring 2018.



Many of your favorite fishing, hunting and outdoor brands have already joined our Conservation First™ program. Take a look at our online store and we are sure you'll find something that you've already been eyeing!

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