Ian DuClos - Northeast Colorado Group Regional Director
“We as sportsmen/sportswomen have a great responsibility to the land that we use. We must not only educate other hunters and anglers about the issues we face, but all outdoor enthusiasts that recreate on public land, and invite all to join us in the efforts to preserve these wild places.” –Ian DuClos, Northeast Colorado Group Regional Director
Ian was born in Oregon. His father joined the Air Force after finishing medical school there and the family moved multiple times over the years. They lived in Texas, Arizona and Alaska, where Ian started grade school, and ended up in Utah—where his father is from originally. They spent the next 21 years there.
When he was 14 Ian had his first hunting experience with a friend and his father, but didn’t take to hunting immediately. “Although hunting was not a skill or passion I learned from my father, he did instill in me a deep love for the outdoors and the solitude that can be found there,” Ian said. “He would take me hiking in … National Forests from the time we lived in Alaska on, and many of our hikes became annual events.”
Ian was also a Boy Scout and learned many outdoor skills through the pursuit of merit badges. These experiences rekindled his interest in hunting. “At the age of 25,” Ian says, “I began to expand on my Boy Scout knowledge and picked up bushcrafting. This self-sufficient outdoor mentality led to my interest of harvesting, cleaning and butchering an animal, which is where I asked my hunting friend of sixteen years to take me under his wing. It is now something that, together, we look forward to each year.”
In 2015 Ian returned to hunting via Utah’s mentorship program with an over-the-counter elk bow tag, for which his friend served as a legal mentor. He did the same hunt in 2016 and decided to make his return to hunting official by completing Hunter’s Safety at the age of 29. Ian and his wife moved to Colorado in December 2016, the same month he harvested his first big game animal. In 2017 he drew a Utah archery mule deer tag with his father, whom Ian has re-introduced to hunting, and a Colorado rifle mule deer tag.
“Though I have been a public land owner my entire life, and enjoyed its many bounties throughout the years,” Ian says, “it was my introduction to, and involvement in hunting that heightened my awareness of the fight for public lands. We as sportsmen/sportswomen have a great responsibility to the land that we use. We must not only educate other hunters and anglers about the issues we face, but all outdoor enthusiasts that recreate on public land, and invite all to join us in the efforts to preserve these wild places.” Contact Ian at: [email protected].
Geordie Robinson - Northeast Colorado Group Assistant Regional Director
Geordie was born and raised in Parker, Texas. “I grew up fishing … sunfish in the small creek behind my house, and largemouth bass in the old quarry down the street,” he says. Geordie was also known to regularly “hunt” squirrels with his jack Russell terrier and BB gun, but didn’t officially start hunting until after graduating from college.
He received a bachelor’s degree in Geography from The University of Colorado-Boulder and currently works as a GIS Analyst at Uber Technologies. Geordie lives in Longmont and hunts most often in the Roosevelt and Grand Mesa/Gunnison National Forests, and the Wyoming Prairie. He primarily fishes Front Range streams and the Arkansas River basin.
“I am mostly pure fly fisherman these days,” Geordie says, “targeting trout, but also panfish and bass. I am a generalist hunter: targeting whatever the season provides. However, spring turkey and archery elk are the two seasons I plan and train for year-round.” He’s a self-taught fly-fisherman and hunter (sans waterfowl), and uses both a compound bow and rifle.
Geordie learned waterfowl hunting from Backcountry Hunters & Anglers State Policy Director, Tim Brass, who’s also a Colorado resident. “However,” Geordie adds, “I would say that I am most inspired by Hemingway’s ‘Green Hills of Africa,’ the stories of my grandfather hunting hogs in the Everglades with his .357 magnum, and my father’s deer, turkey, and javelina hunting down in Texas.” Contact Geordie at: [email protected].
For additional information see:
-“Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Appoint Group Leaders.” AmmoLand.com: 10/30/17.
-“Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Appoint Assistant Regional DirectorAnd Habitat Watch Volunteer.”Backcountry Hunters & Anglers: 5/11/18.
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