Barry Whitehill - Growing up in eastern Washington Barry was fortunate to have public lands close at hand. Starting with my first elk at age 14, it became obvious to me that deep, dark holes on public lands were places to be consistently successful as a hunter. Also they were a place where I could rejuvenate my soul. That has been repeatedly validated when I lived in Idaho, northern Nevada, and, since 1992, in Fairbanks, Alaska. Barry will be discussing his epic float trips in Alaska in the summer of 2022 along with some how to’s on float tripping.
Durrell Smith - Durrell Smith is a 29 year old Georgia native, visual artist, outdoor writer and dog handler. He is an established artist and also runs an established podcast, The Sporting Life Notebook, which can be found on most major podcasting platforms, along with writing for Project Upland and Co-Founder of The Minority Outdoor Alliance. Based in the South, chases game with his Pointer, Vegas and Labrador retriever, Ruger. As a first generation hunter, Durrell seeks to learn and contribute to the community by connecting with visionaries, veterans, and legendary dog men within the bird dog community who are willing to share stories and knowledge about the various breeds, creating a bridge to welcome new dog handlers to the bird dog community. Durrell’s seminars on dog training are sure to be exceptional.
Jimmy Flatt - FOUNDER / PROGRAM COORDINATOR for Hunters of Color- Jimmy is originally from Sonoma Valley, California. He grew up fishing, hunting, and playing baseball. He moved to Oregon to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering and for more outdoor opportunities. He has a background in conservation, working with groups like Ducks Unlimited for over 8 years. He is very proud of his Afro-Indigenous heritage from his Venezuelan mother, and his Pacific Islander/Filipino heritage from his dad’s side. Jimmy founded HOC because he loves hunting and the outdoors, but found it a shame that only 3% of all licensed hunters are BIPOC. Jimmy will be speaking on his experience and how to’s on being a mentor in the outdoors and teaching others to hunt and fish.