Erik Jensen, Co-Chair
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, while his dad is a Norwegian, from a small fishing community with a strong hunting culture, so both parents were supportive of Erik’s hunting interests.
Today Erik also enjoys fly fishing for trout and hunts deer with a bow, rifle, and muzzleloader in the woods of central Minnesota. During 2008, he went on a once-in-a-lifetime moose hunt in northern Minnesota’s 810,000-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Erik says that BWCAW hunt "greatly deepened my interest in wilderness hunting for elk, moose, and deer.”
Erik is a volunteer outdoor mentor with the MN DNR’s recruitment and retention program that teaches youth and inexperienced adults hunting and angling skills. He attended the University of Minnesota for 5 years and has worked there for the past 17 years. He’s also a union steward and serves on the negotiating committee for Teamsters Local 320. Erik is married and has twin daughters. He says, “They both love fishing, are learning archery, and are showing interest in hunting.”
Matt Norton, Treasurer
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 ruffed 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.
Matt didn’t grow up in a hunting or fishing family. He first hunted as a boy in Texas, but it didn’t stick. He came back to hunting through his love of the land and wildlife when he was in his early thirties and living in Minnesota, and has been hunting ever since. Books by John McPhee, Jim Posewitz, and Aldo Leopold have influenced his thinking about hunting and nature, as has his natural resources background. Matt has a Bachelors in biology from Yale (’92), a Masters in forest science from Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (’96), and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School. Matt lives happily in Minneapolis with his daughter, Michelle, and Jane, his girlfriend.