Chris was born in Columbus, Georgia, but raised outside of Dothan, Alabama. “I grew up on a family peanut farm,” he explained. “I spent a large part of my time as a child fishing for catfish and hunting squirrels. I’ve been hunting and angling much of my life.”
“My first hunting memories were as a young boy harvesting squirrels with my father,” he added. “As I got older my father sat with me in tree stands looking for whitetail deer. He was my earliest hunting mentor. My first memories fishing was with my Great Grandfather. We would cane pole for catfish and host fish fries for our family.” Today, Chris has several hunting and angling peers that encourage and educate him on something new each year.
Chris says fishing has been a mainstay during his adult life. “I love to travel to fish. I’ve fished most of the western states for trout and I’ve spent three months in Alaska fishing trout and salmon. I also enjoy offshore fishing and flats fishing in the panhandle.” Although Chris hunts with a rifle, shotgun and bow, his current hunting passion is bow elk hunting. “I spend 15+ days each September in the elk woods. Mainly, I hunt Colorado in Summit, Grand and Clear Creek Counties.”
A graduate of Auburn University in Alabama, Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Business. “I have over 15 years of experience working in the technology/software industry,” he explained. “I’ve spent time in consulting, management and now sales. My most memorable experiences have been creating and interacting with high performing teams.”
Chris joined Backcountry Hunters & Anglers during 2018. “BHA looked to be an active organization with motivated members,” he said. “I am extremely excited to work with BHA members and local, regional and statewide resources to ensure hunting, angling and conservation is well represented in the Central Mountains region of Colorado.”
“We are lucky to have a hunter-angler-conservationist like Chris join the Colorado BHA Chapter Leadership Team,” chapter co-chair David Lien said. “His passion for boots on the ground conservation work and activism will greatly enhance our efforts and effectiveness in the Central Rockies region.”
Nick was born and raised in Florissant, Colorado. “I began hunting and angling as a small kid,” he explained. “My dad was my mentor as well as my oldest brother.” Nick’s work career, primarily in the snow-sports industry, has facilitated worldwide travels in places like Bulgaria, Austria, New Zealand and China. Today he lives in Silverthorne and enjoys most types of hunting and fishing.
“Small game hunting for rabbits in the fall is one of my favorites as well as chasing elk,” Nick said. “I also enjoy trout fishing small steams for brookies.” He heard about BHA through Podcasts and articles. Central Mountains Group Regional Director Chris Slaughter said, “Nick brings both a local and worldwide perspective to our wildlands and wildlife preservations. He’s a great guy and an actual Colorado native!”
David was born and raised in the Scottish Highlands, in a valley called GlenShee. “I grew up on a 2000 acre sheep farm 20 miles from the nearest town,” he explained. “My maternal grandfather came from a long line of hunters (and poachers) that were famous in our part of the country going back 6 generations.”
“In fact, there was a book, The Romance Of Poaching In The Highlands, written about one of their exploits in the 1800s,” he added. “So, my grandfather had me hunting small game from the time I was 5 or 6. My dad was a passionate backcountry angler and had me fly fishing in loch’s for trout and char from as far back as I can remember.” David has a background in IT along with a bachelors and post grad degree in Economics and Information Systems. He currently works as a consultant in the IT field.
David primarily hunts big game and fishes for trout. “Meat is my priority,” he said. “I’m also passionate about teaching adaptive sports. I’ve taught skiing and some other outdoor sports my whole life and have been teaching for the national sports center for the disabled (one of the world’s biggest adaptive programs and Denver based) for 17 years and I hope to get BHA involved in some of our outdoor work with Wounded Warriors or other adaptive groups.”
Growing up in Scotland, where there is a guaranteed right to public land access, David is passionate about public land access and followed BHA for years before joining in 2022. He currently splits his time between Heeney on Green Mountain Reservoir and in Silverthorne. “I’ve known DB for several years,” Central Mountains Group Regional Director Chris Slaughter said. “He is very passionate about shooting sports, getting kids involved in hunting and fishing, and volunteering for adaptive sports programs. He will be a great addition to the leadership team. Plus, he has a funny accent.”