Aaron grew up in rural East central Minnesota playing hockey, hunting, and recreating outdoors. His lifelong passion for wild animals and an outdoor lifestyle led him to a BS Degree in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University. Positions with the MN Conservation Corps, Minnesota DNR, and USDA in wildlife disease research cemented his excitement for protecting and teaching people about the natural world. He furthered that educational aspect by teaching, and then working in the hunting industry for Irish Setter Boots as a hunting boot specialist.
Aaron has been a BHA member since 2016, serving 5 years on the MN Chapter Board. He now lives in Southeastern Minnesota with his wife Olivia, and gets out in the field as often as possible. He enjoys the intimate connection to nature that comes with hunting, sharing a camp or duck blind with friends and family, and testing his mettle in new places and against new species. Aaron also teaches R3 courses and mentors new adult hunters, stressing the importance of good hunting ethics and ecosystem level ecology, and how outdoorsmen and women play a vital role in managing these wildlife and wild places.