New England Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) invites anyone with an interest in hunting, fishing, gathering wild foods, or other outdoor skills to attend the upcoming rendezvous August 10, 11, and 12 on Swan Island in the Kennebec River off Richmond.
Workshops will be presented by experienced outdoorsmen and women throughout the weekend will include fly casting, map-and-compass and smartphone wilderness navigation, backcountry camping gear, knife building, wild-foods foraging and cooking, do-it-yourself Western hunting, and more. On Saturday evening attendees will be sharing in a wild- and local-foods potluck dinner and an open-mic storytelling event. Attendees will be able to enjoy an archery course along woods trails, as well as opportunities for hiking, cycling, fishing, swimming and spending time with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts.
For those who are new to the outdoors or curious about hunting as a source of wild food or as an intense, skill-based activity, New England BHA will be introducing its new Hunting Mentor Program, which pairs experienced hunters with those who are keen to learn more.
Date: August 10, 11, and 12. Weekend or single-day registration is available.
Location: Steve Powell Wildlife Management Area on Swan Island, Richmond, ME
Access: MDIFW runs a ferry to the island, or attendees can paddle less than 2 miles to the campground where the Rendezvous is being held.
Registration: For more event details and to register, go to https://www.backcountryhunters.org/events
. Registration ranges from $5 youth/single day to $30 adult/weekend with camping, plus and $8 island access fee for day or weekend.
Camping: Campsites are limited and campers must register in advance.
Wild and Local Foods Dinner: Saturday evening - bring a pot-luck item to share
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) is the fastest-growing hunting and angling organization in North America, with New England membership growing more than 10-fold since 2104. BHA advocates for the conservation and sound stewardship of public-access lands and waters, for fish and wildlife management that places the highest priority on healthy populations of game and non-game species, and an ethical, fair-chase approach to hunting and fishing.