Montana BHA Board

Montana Chapter Chairman - Greg Munther

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Greg has spent his entire adult life in the mountain West, as a career

Forest Service biologist, District Ranger and natural resource consultant.  He has been roaming the hills, streams and lakes of Montana continuously since 1976, with passions split between bowhunting, bird hunting and flyfishing.  He lives in Missoula with his wife of 35 years, Sherry, and their German Shorthair Pointer Lucy, and their 3 llamas.

After witnessing too many favorite areas becoming deteriorated by growing off road motorized use in inappropriate areas, Greg became involved in BHA several years ago. He believes strong protection and restoration of backcountry is essential to the future of both quality hunting and fishing in Montana.  He believes BHA can be most effective by focusing  on both reducing threats as well as working on permanent protections of remaining wild country in Montana.

Montana Chapter Co-Chair John Sullivan

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John has been working in the outdoor/hunting/fishing "industry" since he was 16, starting as an assistant (more like a pack mule dropping off equipment at various locations) for a fly fishing outfitter in the Swan Valley. While attending The University of Montana for degrees in Resource Conservation and Economics he worked at a local hunting shop and was a river guide leading multi-day wilderness trips out of West Glacier in the summers. After graduating he moved to Southeast Alaska to help develop new fly fishing channels of business for various salmon fishing lodges.

He began to miss Montana too much so he moved back in Missoula and is active in Montana's hunting and fishing communities. John has first hand experience watching smart policy protect and improve habitat, wildlife populations and opportunities for hunting and fishing. He is passionate about protecting backcountry, restoring degraded habitat and working with the state and private landowners to improve access.

Montana Chapter Secretary/Treasurer - Chad Sivertsen

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After traveling the US as electronic design consultants for several years Chad and wife Kyle moved to Northwest Montana in 1984. He hunted, fished and hiked the dark timber throughout the area. While bowhunting was the driving force in his life; he also enjoys bird hunting, fishing and hiking with Kyle and labs Amber and Pearl.

Many areas he enjoyed in the past are now suffering from human abuse, both commercial and recreational. He longs to see our remaining backcountry areas protected for future generations to enjoy whether it is for hunting, fishing, camping or simply viewing wildlife and scenery. He believes Backcountry Hunters & Anglers can help secure that much needed protection.

Montana Chapter Board Member: Andrew Jacovac

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Andrew, a current resident of Montana, was born, raised and educated in Idaho for 25 years, gratefully exploring the backcountry and wilderness opportunities that the state provided.  With the majority of his career revolving around federal land he has worked on trail, fire, timber and wilderness ranger crews while maintaining his passion for archery, hunting and fishing.

Since moving to Bozeman in 2012 and taking a job as the hunting line manager at Mystery Ranch Backpacks he has become involved with multiple local conservation and collaborative organizations dealing with public land issues. That list includes Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Montana Bowhunters Association, Mule Deer Foundation, Gallatin Community Collaborative and Montana Wilderness Association along with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.  He hopes to provide a widespread skill set while getting more individuals involved and participating with backcountry land management topics specifically pertaining to Wilderness areas.

Montana Chapter Board Member - Hannah Ryan

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Hannah grew up in small Wyoming town (but who are we kidding, all Wyoming towns are pretty small). Though she attempted to stray, her hook and bullet father drew her back from the dark side (vegetarianism) and made sure she dedicated a good portion of her life hiking and hunting the state's sagebrush flats and mountains. In college,Hannah obtained a degree in journalism from the University of Montana but spent her social hours in the College of Forestry and Conservation student organizations. Today, she works as a communications specialist for a bird habitat conservation organization in Missoula. Her present passion is training and hiking with her Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Rye, and figuring out the wily ways of grouse and pheasant. Otherwise, you can find her experimenting with new ways to make wild game taste better and trying to touch her toes with this thing called yo-ga. Dedicated to the preservation of wild lands, Hannah is a willing disciple who is eager to follow in the boot tracks of those currently speaking out for the protection of public lands.

Montana Chapter Board Member - Christian Appel

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Christian was born and raised in Eastern Montana where his parents exposed him to the great outdoors. His love of Montana began as a child while "camping" in his tree house in an old Cottonwood. Christian marveled at the Big Sky sunsets, the thunderstorms rolling across the plains, and the critters that would land in or wander by while he was perched in the tree house. He spent his childhood exploring the plains searching for arrowheads and in pursuit of deer, antelope and birds. Weekends were spent backpacking in the Beartooths to fly fish for Cutthroats and Brookies. 

Christian is a graduate of the University of Montana and owner of Great Northern Physical Therapy in Bozeman, MT.  He is an avid archer and flyfisher.  As a life member of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Montana Bow Hunters Association, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Mule Deer Foundation, conservation of our wild lands and watersheds has become a passion of Christians.  He receive great pleasure in sharing the splendors of our wild lands with his family and friends.

 "I'm in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it's difficult to analyze love when you're in it."

 John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

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