Co-Chair Kurt Bahti

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Kurt and his wife currently live near Sonoita, Arizona and have been there for approximately 31 years. Kurt graduated from the University of Arizona in 1978 with a BS in Wildlife Ecology. He was hired by the Arizona Game and Fish Department in 1979 and began work as a Wildlife Manager, commonly called Game Wardens. Kurt held that position for 13 years and then promoted to a Field Supervisor position which I held for 17 years, then retired in 2009. During his career he was involved with giving input on management plans for federal holdings relating to wildlife habitat and all multiple uses of those lands. He worked with both agencies and non-governmental groups in this work.

Kurt was a 3-term President of the Arizona Game Ranger Lodge and was President of the 8000+ member North American Wildlife Enforcement Officer Association for 2 years as well as a Regional Director for 2 years.

He has been a hunter since he was 9 years old hunting behind hounds for lion with his grandfather. Kurt has been an avid hunter and fly fisherman for 5 decades. Currently, Kurt is hunting big game solely with a longbow. He has taken several cow elk and two 300+ bulls with longbow as well as Coues whitetail deer. He also enjoys hiking, hunting and fishing the back country wheneverhe get the chance.

Kurt is still involved in volunteer work with the AZGFD with turkey trapping efforts and endangered Tarahumara frog transplants. He stay involved with issues affecting wildlife habitat locally such as proposed mines and border issues as we live about 20 miles as a crow flies from the Mexico border.

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