New Mexico Chapter Board

Jon Graham

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Jon is originally from Ligonier, Pa., where he grew up hunting and fishing. After high school the military brought him to the Rocky Mountain West that he now calls home. He has been a resident of New Mexico since 2008 where he enjoys hunting the many species that the Land of Enchantment has to offer. Jon also enjoys sharing his love of public places with his wife and newborn son.

 

Brandon Wynn

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Brandon grew up hunting and fishing the backcountry of New Mexico and Colorado and in recent years expanded his hunting and fishing activities to other western states, Alaska and Canada. He especially enjoys wild sheep hunts with friends and family who manage to draw permits, as well as a few sheep hunts for himself in Alaska and Canada. Brandon sees his role at Backcountry Hunters and Anglers as working to preserve for future generations the miracle that is the vast American public lands and wildlife.

 

Scott Ishihara

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Scott grew up in rural northern California and frequently camped and fished in the Sierra Nevada mountains with his family. After attending college and living in Los Angeles for eight years he moved to Santa Fe, where he started hunting. As his desire to hunt and fish the backcountry of New Mexico increased, he knew it was time to start giving back and that's when he connected with the great group of people who are NM BHA.

 

Joel Gay

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Joel grew up in Albuquerque and learned to love the backcountry while fishing, skiing and hiking around New Mexico with his family. After graduating from UNM he moved to Alaska and stayed nearly 30 years, working as a journalist and commercial fisherman and enjoying the state’s great outdoors. After returning to New Mexico in 2005, he was hired as communications director for the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. Now retired, Joel is an avid bow hunter and fly fisherman who would rather walk miles into the backcountry than hunt or fish among the crowds.

 

Jarrett Babincsak

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Jarrett hails from the Hoosier State and now resides in Sandia Park with his wife Kelly and daughters Savannah and Grace. He spent his formative years chasing whitetails in northern Indiana, fishing local ponds and lakes and bow-shooting carp. His connection with the outdoors began early, thanks to the influences of his great-grandfather and dad, but his passion for backcountry sprouted during his first rite of passage fishing trip, with his grandfather and uncles, to the Boundary Waters. He’s a life member of BHA and is committed to protecting access to public land hunting, fishing and recreation for his daughters and “those still in the womb of time.”  

 

Michael Cox

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Michael is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Las Cruces. He spent nine years in middle Tennessee and another four years in Indiana. Michael returned to the Land of Enchantment in 2003 and currently is a Lieutenant-Paramedic for the Las Cruces Fire Department. He is a third-generation New Mexico outdoorsman with a passion for hunting and fishing in the southern part of the state.

 

Dan Foster

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Dan grew up hunting the woodlots and fishing the trout streams of southern Minnesota. A love of the outdoors and open spaces drew him to the Southwest, where he earned his BA in political science at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., and his MA in political science with an emphasis in public policy at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz. For the last decade Dan has made his career in community development and affordable housing development finance.

 

Wade Jackson

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Wade has been hunting, fishing, camping and hiking on New Mexico's public lands since he was old enough to do so. He is now passing along his love of the outdoors to his daughters, as his parents did to him. His oldest, Peyton, accompanied Wade on her first wilderness backpack camping trip when she was just 7, and she and her sister, Claire, have joined their father hunting doves, ducks, geese and turkeys and fishing. They can't wait to hear their first bugling elk. Wade is dedicated to conserving our public lands and protecting our right to enjoy them.

 

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