Chapter Board

Morgan Haris

 
Morgan was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and raised in the same community that his family began settling as early as the 1840’s. Growing up hunting was a tertiary activity observed with reverence and enthusiasm, but all too often reserved for opening weekends and the occasional trip.  “As a teenager, my primary focus was on athletics.”  During this time, hunting consisted of the annual pilgrimage to the Ozark National Forest, often referred to simply as forestry land.  “Without understanding the importance of public lands, I simply viewed these trips as a time of freedom to reflect and roam in a beautiful place.”  

“After I moved to Texas for college, I met a great group of lifelong friends, who had been hunting together for a while, and I fell back in to hunting with them.”  Morgan became dismayed to learn of the lack of options where someone could simply go.  Instead often having to rely on permissions to private land or to fight throngs of people in the few public areas in Central Texas.  “I had taken the access to public land for granted.  What I had assumed as a natural right, had in earnest been a privilege that I had been fortunate enough to enjoy at a young age.” 

After moving back to Northwest Arkansas, Morgan can be found chasing whitetails and bear in the National Forest.  However, his passions lie in waterfowl hunting in the flooded timber.  “I spend most of the year looking forward to standing in thigh deep water surrounded by tall oak trees, with a duck call in one hand and a shotgun in the other.” 

Bryan Taylor

First fishing trip at 18 months and first duck hunt at age 3 kick started a lifelong passion for the pursuit of wild things in wild places. By age 7 I was climbing trees on a baker stand to watch my dad bowhunting. He was a bowhunter which made me a bowhunter. I will kick off my 40th bow season this fall just after my 52nd birthday and in that time I have seen and experienced a lot of change. To this point, I would venture the lions share of change has not been for the better and certainly not if we are talking about accessibility, perception or stewardship. BHA is positioned to positively influence those areas and I am excited to see where we can take things not only in Arkansas but across the country. 


Jonathan Wilkins

I was born and raised in St.Louis , MO. I grew up being inspired by the outdoors, but my exposure to “wild places” was limited to Boy Scout camping trips and retreats. After moving to Arkansas and finishing college, I ended up living with my girlfriend (now wife)on her family property in rural central Arkansas. With that access and with the mentorship of a friend, I began bow hunting deer and hunting squirrels in my mid-20s. The scope of my pursuit quickly expanded into hunting waterfowl.
I now own Black Duck Revival, a church that I repurposed and remodeled into a duck hunting lodge in the Arkansas Delta.  My initial attraction to the area as a hunter was due to the easy access to prime public land hunting opportunities and I’m happy to continue that passion for public lands as a board member of BHA Arkansas.  The history of mallard hunting in Arkansas, combined with the rich traditions of public land access to some of the best duck hunting territories in the country, makes BHA involvement a no brainer for any Arkansas waterfowler.

Kip Kruger

Kip is a native Arkansan and was raised hunting the Ozarks and Delta regions of the Natural State.  As young man he was always interested in wildlife and ecology. At 16 he volunteered with Arkansas Game and Fish doing Whitetail studies at Hobbs State Park.  After high school he spent summers as a wilderness guide in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Quetico Provincial Park. This is where he fell in love with public land and water.

Besides hunting and fishing Kip is an avid whitewater paddler. This passion has taken him all across the country to paddle. From the Ocoee in the East, all the way out west to paddle some of the country’s most iconic rivers: the Salmon, the Snake, the Arkansas, and the Middle fork of the Salmon, all of these in some of the most beautiful wilderness landscapes that exist on the planet.

His experiences in the country’s wild places have shaped his life, and led him directly to BHA. The passion he has for hunting, fishing, and paddling is matched by his passion for protecting our public lands and waters.  Kip lives in Rogers, Arkansas with his 11year old chocolate lab, Anabelle and has just shifted careers out of teaching AP Environmental Science into being self-employed.


 

Mark Izard

I am  a native, 4th generation Arkansasan.  I have been married to my wife Rhonda for 22 years, have 4 kids and one grandchild.

I was was raised in a non hunting/no guns household until the age of 13. During those early years I had a burning desire to be in the outdoors which was flamed by reading every issue of Field and Stream I could get my hands on.

After meeting my dad at age 13, I was allowed to go hunting on my uncle's farm with very little guidance. Even though I loved roaming the 1000 acre farm I had to teach myself to hunt. I killed my first squirrel age 14 in a Pin Oak flat on a balmy October afternoon. As I stood there looking at the gray squirrel I became overcome with emotion - the emotion of taking a life and achieving a goal that I had taken so long to achieve. I was a hunter. As the years went by I graduated to deer hunting and then to turkey hunting, which is my real hunting passion. All my hunting success and failures have come from reading and watching videos, trying to figure out what works best for me.

I started hunting public land in the Ouachita Mountains about 20 years ago, mainly for turkeys, because I had a desire to roam big spaces and not be hemmed in by barbed wire fences. I have to know whats over the next hill. I had no idea what public land meant at the time, it was just a place where I could roam freely without all the rules of family farms and leases.

I joined BHA 2 years ago after searching podcasts for public land hunting. After hearing Hal Herring for the first time talk about why Public Lands are so important, I knew I had to be a part of that group. I had to do something to ensure that my kids, my grandkids and their kids always had a place to hunt, fish and roam these mountains that I love so much. BHA is a family affair for us. My oldest son is a member and hunts almost exclusively on public landy My middle son goes fishing with me on public land, and my youngest son has that same wanderlust that I have. My wife thinks its pretty dang cool when I bring a deer or turkey home from the mountains, because she knows I had to work for it.

Ryan Pettigrew

Since Ryan was a small child, he has been hunting and fishing in the Ozark Mountains. He learned how to chase nearly every game species in Arkansas from his father and uncles. Growing up, Ryan spent most of his free time in the woods right outside his back door, sneaking up on squirrels with a pellet gun and watching his beloved beagles run rabbits. Family camping adventures in the West, backpacking trips with his Boy Scout troop, and guiding wilderness trips in the Boundary Waters and Quetico, instilled in him a deep appreciation for our public wilderness.


Ryan has enjoyed so much positive influence from hunting, fishing, and public lands, that he cannot stand the thought of his children, and the future generations of this nation, being robbed of the same opportunity. BHA provides a place for Ryan to not only connect with great people, but to fight for our greatest treasures as Americans.

Professionally, Ryan is an attorney who works in real estate development. He lives with his wife, Meredith, and their two young boys in Prairie Grove, Arkansas.


 

Brad Green

Born and raised in North Central Nebraska I spent most of my childhood with a fishing pole or shotgun in my hand. With a lot of local ponds and free range access to the neighboring farm properties I fished and trapped in my elementary school years. Muskrat and raccoon furs brought me my first income. During the eighth grade we moved and spent a year in Cody Wyoming where I was introduced to fly fishing and the mountains. I loved everything outdoors and animal related. TV shows like Wild Kingdom, Wild America and Jacques Cousteau specials along with magazines like Fur, Fish and Game fed my unending appetite for animals and the outdoors.

I hunted and fished some through High school (back in Nebraska) but as I went to college and began trying to make a living on my own hunting and camping faded from my priorities. After about a 20 year pause and now living in Northwest Arkansas I began to consider hunting again. I was introduced to Meateater and the spark turned into a flame. I didn’t own private hunting land so public land became my stomping grounds and I began to understand their value and history as I hadn’t before. BHA became a way for me to protect and give back to the public lands and waters that I now enjoy so much.

I am now an avid hunter, fisherman, camper, hiker, scuba diver and adventure motorcyclist. I consider myself a generalist when it comes to hunting and fishing – if I can eat it I’m interested in chasing it. I have been married to a wonderful, supportive wife since 2003. I take great joy in providing healthy meat and enjoying a healthy, active, outdoor lifestyle together.

I’m grateful for BHA and honored to be a part of it.

Wil Moore

Wil is lucky to be located in the eastern edge of the Ozark Mountains. Growing up spending time between the clear trout waters of the White River and the chocolate colored water of the Black River,  he enjoys watching waterfowl work a call and hunting whitetail deer on public land.  Having spent much of his early time outdoors bass fishing with his father and friends, he continues to spending time on the water and exploring out of state fishing whenever the opportunity presents itself. This love for the outdoors has provided a thorough understanding of science, leading to a career in the healthcare field. After being exposed to BHA while listening to podcasts in spare time,  it was an instant draw to become a member, and advocate for our public lands.

He is a proud husband and father of 2 and 5 year old girls, who all enjoy being on the waters of the natural state.  He enjoys BHA volunteer activities, meeting others in BHA, and looks forward to maintaining a family membership.


Rick Spicer

My father brought me up hunting and fishing in the Delta of Arkansas but for the last 30 years Fayetteville has been my home and the Ozarks my stomping grounds. I've spent a great deal of time exploring the American west as well but mostly as a mountaineer and backpacker. In my 30's I decided I need to begin mixing my love of fishing at home with my western trips and began to fly fish public waters in the Wind Rivers, Tetons, Sawtooths and Cascades while on climbing trips. I suppose the natural progression was to want to bring my bow with me next which is my current quest. I love wooden bows and arrows and have been shooting them for over 20 year. My job at Pack Rat in Fayetteville takes me to trade shows every summer and a few years ago I had the opportunity to meet Land Tawney and some of the other BHA members while attending a public land march to the Capitol of Utah in Salt Lake. I signed up for a 3 year membership and got involved. 
I'm also the father of a 5 year old and 8 year old and spend as much time with them outside as possible. We paddle the rivers fishing for small mouth and hike every chance we get on public land both here in Arkansas and in the western states as well. I hope to contribute a positive example to my own kids and other young people about what it means to be an ethical hunter and angler and to reinforce those values in them for the future.


Chase Henrichs

I grew up in central Arkansas deer hunting private land and making the annual trip every Thanksgiving to Deer Camp in the southeast corner of the state.  This was my normal for all my life through college, and it wasn’t until I moved away to Colorado that I started learning about public lands.  Fast forward a few years and I found myself back in my college town of Fayetteville, 6 hours away from Deer Camp and a job to worry about (no more cutting class).  I had learned about BHA through a podcast and became intrigued as public land hunting was something I had never done.  A quick search and I realized how many thousands of acres were well within an hour’s drive from my front door full of opportunities to hunt deer, squirrel, and fish.  

I joined BHA as a means to meet others who were utilizing these public lands and waters as a way to recreate and provide for themselves.  I enjoy BHA because of the connections and camaraderie with others, the opportunities to learn from those more knowledgeable, and BHA's core values to ensure hunting and fishing on public lands and waters continue long after I'm gone.

James Brandenburg

When the term "adult onset outdoorsman" came into fashion, I had already been living the dream for a number of years.  I started with a fly fishing lesson and then got into hunting when my own young boys showed an interest in chasing whitetail deer.  You might say we all grew up together in the outdoors.

It wasn't until we vacationed with family friends that I truly realized the value of our vast public lands.  That summer we fished several beautiful streams in Colorado.  When the boys asked what "public land" meant, I had to do some research to be able to answer their question thoroughly.  It was only then that I came to understand the treasure held in trust for us.  

When I came back to Arkansas, I started to look around for new public land and water adventures.  I have found the best of what I can be as a father and husband in the outdoors, and I am excited to be able to work on behalf of the new Arkansas Chapter and its members to protect and promote our unique public lands and waters.

Scott Knight

Born and raised in Little Rock, my dad took the time to introduce me to the outdoors at a young age.  It began with camping trips to many of our state parks, soon followed by float trips to the Buffalo and Mulberry Rivers. I learned to fish for trout on some of our world-class rivers and small and largemouth bass on our lakes and streams.  We trained a couple of good bird dogs while chasing after the few remaining quail in the state.  I developed an even greater appreciation for our public lands pursing waterfowl throughout the flooded timber of Bayou Meto and various spots along the Arkansas River.

It wasn’t until college that I met a couple that had spent years as guides, making trips out west and north to Alaska.  They introduced me to turkey and whitetail deer hunting in Arkansas and opened my eyes to several of the other big game species.  Hearing their stories as they shared their experiences sparked a fire and a curiosity in me to not only want to explore these other wild places but to continue learning this outdoor craft.  Since then, I’ve continued to explore Arkansas and have had the opportunity to venture to several western states in pursuit of fish, elk and deer.  

As a proud husband and father of two boys, I continue to share my passion for the great outdoors, which was instilled in me by people in my life that took the time to do so.  Being a steward of these wild and public places is critical, not only for their generation but for those that follow.