Matt is a BHA Life Member and devoted hunter, angler, paddler, conservationist, and father to his daughter, Michelle. He has lived in Kentucky, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Texas, Connecticut, Washington, Michigan, and (since 1999) Minnesota. Matt has been an environmental organizer, grizzly bear recovery advocate, corporate attorney, environmental lawyer, and land conservationist, and he volunteers as a firearms safety instructor. Matt loves hunting whitetail deer, turkey, and pheasants, and greatly enjoys his too infrequent walks in northern Minnesota’s grasslands and woods, hunting for sharptail and roughed grouse. His greatest outdoor passions are deer hunting in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of northern Minnesota, and annual paddling and fishing trips through the BWCAW and the Quetico Provincial Park.
Erik grew up in Richfield, Minnesota, and started hunting small game, upland birds, and waterfowl when he was 14, mentored by an uncle and family friends. Erik’s parents weren’t hunters, but they were outdoors enthusiasts. His mother came from a hunting family, and dad is Norwegian, from a small fishing community in the northernmost part of Norway, where there’s a strong hunting culture, so both parents were supportive of Erik’s hunting interests.
David grew up in the small northern Minnesota town of Grand Rapids and started hunting ruffed grouse when he was eleven years old. “Having first successfully hunted grouse, they remain my favorite today,” he says. This early pursuit of small game eventually led to hunting woodcock, ducks, geese and deer, and trapping mink, muskrat, beaver and raccoon, which in turn led to a recognition of the need for habitat conservation and the preservation of wild places and wide-open spaces in general.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers seeks to ensure America's outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands and waters.