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3rd Annual Tales from the Backcountry: Our Stories, Our Public Lands

  • Emerson Center for Arts & Culture 111 South Grand Avenue Bozeman, MT, 59715 United States (map)
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Public lands will take center stage through the stories of hunters and anglers at the 3rd Annual Tales from the Backcountry on Friday, March 2nd, 2018 in Bozeman, Montana. A benefit event for the Montana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, this unique live storytelling festival brings together sportsmen and women from across Montana and abroad to hear tales of public lands hunting and fishing adventures.

The 2018 Tales from the Backcountry “Our Stories, Our Public Lands” theme will incorporate stories that embody each hunter and angler’s unique relationship with public lands and waters. Among the speakers to grace the stage, will be the following:

  • Hank Shaw, award-winning author of Hunt, Gather, Cook, Buck, Buck, Moose and newly-released Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail
  • Randy Newberg, host of Fresh Tracks with Randy Newberg and HuntTalk Radio
  • Hank Patterson, self-proclaimed world renowned fly fishing expert and guide
  • Alexis Bonogofsky, founding member of Artemis Sportswomen
  • Brian Barney, adventure bowhunter and host of the Eastman’s Elevated podcast
  • Nicole Qualtieri, social media freelancer and public lands advocate

For the second consecutive year, the event will be held at the Emerson Center for Arts and Culture with live storytelling taking place in the Crawford Theater. As in previous years, attendees will have the opportunity to win outdoors gear and prizes provided by sponsors such as Kimber Firearms, Orvis, Sitka Gear, First Lite, Simms Fishing Products, and more, as well as many local businesses. In 2018, the event has expanded to include these sponsors in an outdoors brand trade show, happening in the Emerson Ballroom before the event.

Doors open and the trade show begin at 6PM with live storytelling starting at 7PM sharp. Beer from local Montana breweries and wine will be available for purchase during the event. Find complete event details and purchase tickets at

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About the Speakers

Hank Shaw runs the James Beard Award-winning website Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, the internet's largest source of wild food recipes. A former restaurant chef and journalist, he is the author of four cookbooks, and hunts, fishes and forages near Sacramento, Calif.

Randy Newberg is the host of the popular shows, On Your Own Adventures and Fresh Tracks with Randy Newberg, both focused on self-guided public land hunting in the Western U.S. He is also the host of HuntTalk Radio, otherwise known as Randy Newberg Unfiltered.

Hank Patterson is a self-proclaimed world renowned fly fishing expert and guide. Hank owns twelve copies of "A River Runs Through It" on BluRay and an additional eight on VHS.  Hank is a Boy Scout dropout, an enemy of all snakes and a card-carrying member of Trout Unlimited.  If you see Hank in a bar, buy him a beer.  If you see him on the river, prepare to forget everything you ever thought you knew about fly fishing.

Alexis Bonogofsky is a fourth-generation Montanan, hunter, goat and sheep rancher, writer and photographer who lives and works along the Yellowstone River in southeastern Montana. She is a founding member of Artemis Sportswomen.

Brian Barney is an adventure bowhunter that writes, films and does a podcast for Eastman's.  He travels all throughout the west and Alaska searching for DIY, self-guided adventures on our public land. He has a knack for turning up and harvesting trophy animals in extreme environments.    

Nicole Qualtieri is a social media freelancer and public lands advocate. Her recent work includes managing social media for both Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and ZPZ Productions, home of the MeatEater enterprise. She is about to embark on a year-long road trip with her border collie Butch Cassidy and is in the process of publishing her first book that will help urbanites connect with the outdoors.

About the Master of Ceremonies

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Rachel VandeVoort, a Montana girl and mother of two, is the Director of Montana’s Office of Outdoor Recreation.  Though her formal education really landed her the title of overeducated fly fisherman, and her career path may label her a gunslinger; she currently spends her time making sure Montana’s outdoor recreation economy and the public land and water that support and propel it are thriving.