Best part about my job at HF: Helping HF members go on memorable hunts
Favorite movie quote: "I'm your Huckleberry."
Side hustle: Guide in British Columbia & Alaska, Captain at the Missoula Fire Department, Husband, and Father
Most proud of: My wife, Amy Hanneman
I was lucky enough to grow up in a small town in northern Nevada. With a family that loved hunting and a father and grandfather who were trappers, it is easy to see where I got my love of the outdoors. Nevada was a great place to grow up, but there were not enough over-the-counter tags to keep me busy. At 20 years old, I made the decision to move to Montana. With all of the over-the-counter tags in Idaho and Montana, you would think I would have been content, but I love exploring new country, so I continued to apply for tags across the West.
In 2012, I went to work for Huntin’ Fool, but I have been consulting and working with application services since 2005. Knowing state regulations and draw statistics and following high trophy potential areas are second nature to me. Since I was old enough to apply, I have been religious about understanding new guidelines, critiquing new areas, studying state statistics, and putting boots on the ground across the West.
Every year, my family and I apply for 20+ different states, and each year, we draw a handful of great tags. I have hunted from Mexico to Canada and 15 states in between. I average over 100 days in the field and hunt between five and seven different states per year. Ninety-nine percent of my hunts are self-guided and take place on public land. My strategy is to draw tags that provide the best opportunity for harvesting a trophy animal, no matter the weapon or season. Every year, you can find me out hunting with a bow, rifle, and muzzleloader. I enjoy hunting all big game and have been lucky enough to harvest bull elk in eight different western states, but, being a Nevada boy, my passion will always be mule deer.