Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Appoint Jerod Swanson to Central Rockies Assistant Regional Director Position

The Colorado chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) recently appointed Jerod Swanson to serve as an Assistant Regional Director for the Central Rockies region.

Jerod was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, but his family eventually moved to Minnesota and he grew up in the Twin Cities (i.e., Minneapolis-St. Paul) northern suburbs. “I started hunting and fishing at a young age,” he explained. “My father first taught my brothers and me, but later I found friends in high school and college to hunt, fish, and learn with.”



He hunts elk, turkey, deer, antelope, and small game mostly in Colorado. “I have also shot a pig with my bow in Hawaii and plan on going back to hunt there more,” Jerod said. “I did a lot of walleye and northern pike fishing in Minnesota, but now mostly fish for trout in Colorado.” “My main passion is with a compound bow, but I also rifle hunt, and have done a little muzzleloader hunting as well,” he added. “I just like to be out in the woods!”

Jerod has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Minnesota. He served as a Nuclear Engineering officer in the U.S. Navy for five years. Jerod lives in Frisco, Colorado, and originally heard about BHA on the MeatEater Podcast.

Are you interested in serving on the Colorado BHA Chapter Leadership Team? Learn more about our volunteer opportunities here.


Founded by Mike Beagle, a former U.S. Army field artillery officer, and formed around an Oregon campfire, in 2004, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is the voice for our nation’s wild public lands, waters and wildlife. With members spread out across all 50 states and 13 Canadian provinces and territories—including chapters in 48 states, two Canadian provinces and one territory, and Washington, D.C.—BHA brings an authentic, informed, boots-on-the-ground voice to the conservation of public lands. The Colorado BHA chapter was founded by David Petersen (a former U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot) in 2005 (the first official BHA chapter)


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