Step into the wild with Hal Herring as he shares captivating stories of hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors. Hal delves into his early experiences, the roots of his passion for conservation, and the exciting initiatives he’s leading.

We also hear about the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Podcast and Blast and get a sneak peek into Hal’s upcoming book. Don’t miss out on the excitement – tune in and discover the extraordinary tales that await in the great outdoors!

Show Notes with Hal Herring on Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Hit play below! 👇🏻



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Episode Chapters with Hal Herring on Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

01:41 – Hal Herring tells us about his early experiences hunting and fishing.

06:00 – Hal acknowledges that his parents’ decision to move to the countryside in his youth significantly influenced his life.

The experience of farm work during middle and high school later provided him with valuable skills, allowing him to easily secure a job in Montana when he was in his mid-20s.

10:34 – Hal tells us how he got into conservation. Hal emphasizes that his passion for conservation was a natural development rooted in his upbringing, influenced by magazines like Field and Stream, Sports Afield, and Outdoor Life.

14:21 – Hal expresses optimism in the power of conservation efforts. He sees the main obstacle as indifference and highlights the potential for passionate anglers to make meaningful contributions to conservation by fighting for the rivers they fish.

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22:43 – Hal tells us the story of how the BHA’s Podcast & Blast started.


27:49 – Hal talks about how his writing career started. His writing career gained momentum when his work was acknowledged by publications like Field & Stream.

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38:31 – Hal encourages individuals to join conservation groups like Trout Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited, citing their positive impact on small-scale dam removal, creek restoration, and wetlands conservation.

44:00 – Hal talks about Ray Scott, the founder of the Bass Angler Sportsman Society.  Scott’s significant legal efforts involved numerous lawsuits against polluters in the Tennessee River system before the enactment of the Clean Water Act in 1972.

50:31 – Hal shares a recent initiative involving the planting of 286,000 sagebrush and bitterbrush in October.

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53:09 – Hal discusses how he selects topics for the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Podcast and Blast.

56:00 – Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is a hunting and fishing conservation group focused on issues about public lands.

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01:01:10 – Hal emphasizes the importance of getting involved locally and mentions several organizations contributing to conservation efforts, including the Mule Deer Foundation, Ruffed Grouse Society, Pheasants Forever, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

01:06:00 – We also delve into wolf recovery efforts.

01:19:29 – Hal discusses his upcoming book. The book explores the history and profiles various National Forests and Bureau of Land Management lands.

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Conclusion with Hal Herring on Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

So, there you have it – a riveting glimpse into the world of Hal Herring. From the early days of hunting to the inspiring conservation initiatives, Hal’s stories paint a vivid picture of the wild. Whether you’re an avid outdoors enthusiast or just love a good story, Hal’s adventures are a must-listen for anyone captivated by the magic of the great outdoors.