Bill Hanlon – BC BHA Chairman







bill hanlon

Bill is blessed to be a wilderness hunter and live in Super Natural British Columbia.


Bill grew up in Trail, BC and although he never hunted or even knew anyone who owned a horse, he had a passion for all things wild. His dad got him interested in fly fishing at an early age and established a high degree of ethics in how they conducted themselves outdoors and how important it was to adhere to the regulations of the day. Bill graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1984 with a BA in Industrial Technology and went on to finish his B Ed. at the University of British Columbia in 1986. He taught Industrial Education at Elkford Secondary School for almost 20 years before changing careers in 2006 to begin a small business called Wilderness Spirit Woodworks. He has been creating and building custom Rocky Mountain lifestyle furniture ever since.

Bill married Miss Rodeo Canada in 1990 and thus began his love affair…and immersion into horses too. With his lovely wife Sue they raised 3 wonderful children on a small horse acreage in the Elk Valley where they could ride a horse out their backdoor. All the kids could ride before they could walk and were introduced to the wilderness on extended backcountry horsepack trips. Hunting with his children brings him his greatest pleasure.

Bill has been fighting for habitat, wilderness and access management for the last 25 years with various conservation organizations. In 2000 he co-founded the Hornaday Wilderness Society, a small but effective wilderness advocacy group situated in the Elk Valley. To this day he is the table representative for the wilderness and wildland sector on the Southern Rocky Mountain Management Plan Advisory Committee. He owns 6 sturdy mountain horses and two blue heeler/border collies named Smokey and the Bandit and spends every possible minute riding or hunting in the wildest places remaining in BC. He is honored to be the first chair of the British Columbia Chapter of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.

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