Barry Whitehill, Board of Director
Growing up in eastern Washington I was fortunate to have public lands close at hand. Starting with my first elk at age 14, it became obvious to me that deep, dark holes on public lands were places to be consistently successful as a hunter. Also they were a place where I could rejuvenate my soul. That has been repeatedly validated when I lived in Idaho, northern Nevada, and, since 1992, in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Travis Booms, Secretary/Treasurer
Travis grew up as a river rat, fishing and playing in a highly manipulated Wisconsin river. Still, he found pieces of wildness and solitude on the river that shaped his values and thoughts. Since then, Travis has spent his life pursuing answers to biological questions in remote corners of the continent--namely Greenland and Alaska--as a wildlife biologist. He has called Fairbanks, Alaska home since 2004. Travis is an avid outdoor enthusiast and particularly enjoys backpacking on the Alaska tundra or floating down a wild river.
Steve Shannon, Outreach Coordinator
Steve is a devoted husband and father, and a lifetime BHA member. He lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with his wife and son. He is a passionate bowhunter and fly fisherman. He has lived in Alaska for nearly a decade and has spent all of it enjoying the pursuit of big game and big fish with good friends and family. He has also worked with the youth of the Fairbanks community as a National Archery in the Schools Program instructor. He believes firmly in being physically prepared for all that the backcountry can throw at a hunter and has worked with a local CrossFit gym as a CrossFit Kids instructor as well. Steve is an outspoken advocate of keeping “public lands in public hands” and has worked with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to raise awareness about issues both within and outside of Alaska that affect sportsmen’s access to big, unspoiled pieces of wilderness.
Raised on a farm in the Pacific Northwest and hiking the Cascade Mountains at an early age provided me a deep appreciation of eating healthy foods and being outdoors. My career has included working for two university outdoor programs in Washington and Colorado introducing students to hiking, climbing, backcountry skiing and rafting. Sharing wild lands and the importance of their preservation has been a lifelong pursuit. During the past 17 years, I have had the privilege of hunting and rafting with my husband in the remote rivers and mountains of Alaska. We are grateful for the opportunity to have wild game on our table. I am deeply committed to the BHA vision “to stand up for wild country and the fish and wildlife that depend on it.”
My name is Abe Henderson and I recently moved to the great state of Alaska with my wife and five kids where I am a full-time big-game and waterfowl guide.
As a kid I grew up in the in the mountains and rivers of western Oregon. The most significant memories of my childhood were of hunting and fishing with my father on those beautiful public lands and waters.
One of my greatest joys in life today is raising my own children in the outdoors. As a family, we love adventuring in our country’s wild places. Without access to public lands we would lose the ability to live the lifestyle that we love.
I want to be a part of passing this great legacy of public-owned lands to my children’s generation, just like my parent’s generation and the generations before, have passed it on to us.
Born in Wisconsin, I have lived in Alaska since I was only a few months old. I have been hunting and fishing Alaska since a very young age and have been fortunate enough to go on many incredible adventures throughout this expansive state. I love using all sorts of methods to reach the limits of this state and thoroughly enjoy the adventure of getting there. I have always been so grateful of the public land available to us Alaskans and I literally cannot imagine a State with even slightly more limitations. It truly exemplifies freedom and backcountry adventure.
I spend a majority of my time rifle and bow hunting in the mountains but absolutely love fly fishing for rainbows or jet boating to an awesome salmon location. Aviation and snowmachine exploring continuously expand my thoughts of adventure and push the boundary of my limits. Through BHA, I hope to not only promote our natural rights to public lands but continuous expansion and awareness of anything that may threaten our backcountry livelihood.
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