Rick Loughery – BC BHA Director

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Rick Loughery resides in the beautiful North Okanagan Valley of British Columbia near Vernon. Born in Fernie, BC Rick spent 25 years as a big game and Orvis endorsed fly fishing guide in various areas of the East Kootenay. From the Elk Lakes to the Elk River, to the mountain ranges and valleys in between, Rick is most at home in the mountains.

Rick is married to artist Michelle Loughery with two grown children, son Brandon and daughter Brittany. The outdoors has played a pivotal part in the lifestyle and activities that his family enjoys.

As an avid rifle and bow hunter, fly fisherman, and a top hand with a string of horses, wilderness has played a huge part in his life. Rick was a past president of the Cranbrook, BC Chapter of the RMEF, from its concept in 1983. Rick has been a proud supporter of this and many hunting and conservation organizations and his son continues in that tradition today.

Rick recalls the first time he got pulled into hunting, “ Forty-five minutes after first light, on September 10th 1979, I harvested a beautiful 9 point bull moose, by myself, in the Rocky Mountains of southern BC, the ancient call to hunt and to provide had me hooked instantly and my love for the wild has stayed in my soul.”

Now, 35 years later, with that strong memory still on his mind his goal is to pass the traditions onto his 3 grandsons. “My goal is to work with an organization and have a positive impact for the future of hunting, fishing and conservation in British Columbia”. The lifestyle of the wilderness and the reconnection with nature is part of a strong Canadian culture and one Rick hopes to play a part in conserving and promoting.

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