This gathering will bring llamas, rattlesnakes and a lot of camo to Downtown Boise

There’s likely to be a lot of camouflage in Downtown Boise this week, but it’s still going to be difficult to miss the massive outdoors-focused conference bringing thousands to the city.

For the second year in a row, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is bringing its annual Rendezvous to the Boise Centre. The group, which advocates for conservation issues like public lands protection, drew more than 1,300 visitors to its gathering last year. This year, it anticipates more than 1,400 attendees, according to online RSVPs.

The conference, which starts Wednesday, is four days of seminars and events related to hunting, fishing and conservation — from instructions on incorporating wild game into traditional recipes to demonstrations on how to train your hunting dog.

A ticket for all four days will run you $200, and tickets to individual events are available in person. Several of the events, including a brewfest and wild game cookout, will take place on the Grove Plaza and are open to the public.

BHA will bring some unusual attendees to the popular events center — like pack llamas and venomous snakes. Find a full schedule of events here, and check out a few highlights for each day below (Wednesday and Thursday are largely leadership training sessions for BHA members):


  • Beer, Bands & Public Lands brewfest, 5 to 9 p.m. on the Grove Plaza



  • Beau Baty: Why Pack Llamas, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the Grove Plaza
  • Dog Training: Foundations with Ron Boehme, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. on the Grove Plaza
  • Venomous Snakes in the Backcountry: Biology to Bite Prevention & Treatment with Chris Jenkins (and live rattlesnakes), 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Room 120 A/B
  • Wild game cookoff, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the Grove Plaza
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