Armed Forces Initiative Leadership

Morgan Mason

Hot on the heels of pointing dogs, Morgan cut his teeth on life and hunting in the milo stubble and CRP fields in northeastern Kansas. He spent his adolescence and teen years hunting, fishing, and working on the family's quarter-section cattle farm.

At 17 years of age, he joined the Army Reserves as an intelligence analyst. As he developed his junior skillsets in the military, the planes hit the towers- effectively changing the landscape. Two years later, he joined the invasion force crossing the berm into Iraq.

Post-deployment, his azimuth pointed towards Colorado for decompression after the 14-month deployment. The snow-fed rivers filled with whitewater and forests leading up to many 14'ers in the state were prime for exploring. This appreciation for wild, public lands began here as Morgan began to heal through wilderness experiences.

The next 12 years were spent in Colorado working in the outdoor industry building regional grassroots campaigns launching products and brands in the Rocky Mountains. The drive to serve his community was a catalyst to Morgan becoming a firefighter/EMT and serving with Fairmount Fire Protection District in structural, wildland firefighter, and EMT. 

Morgan soon felt the draw for a place a little wilder. Montana became the target. He served in editorial roles for many publications from Bozeman, including GearJunkie.com and MeatEater, Inc. He calls Missoula home now, as he launches the Armed Forces Initiative campaign across our nation and Canada. 

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Contact Morgan:

mason@backcountryhunters.org