Josh Karum, Chairman
I was born in Illinois but moved to Oklahoma at the tender age of 6.I almost immediately started fishing, hiking, and camping every chance that I had. Usually accompanied by my brother and a few buddies from the neighborhood. We were extremely fortunate to have access to hundreds of acres of private land within bike riding range so to us it was the Wild West. We continued to grow our network of permission given outdoor activities all through high school by bartering manual labor and a handshake. Unfortunately things started changing as we grew older, urban sprawl and other folks started trespassing and really exploiting all our honey holes so eventually we no longer had the free access. For the next 10 years or so I only sporadically enjoyed some outdoorrecreation. The notion of public land that anyone could enjoy was unknown to me for quite a while and I feel like many people I kind of fell away from the outdoors. Fortunately about the time my first son was born I had a co-worker who really reached out to bring me back into the fold. Over the last 14 or so years I have jumped back in with both feet! My two boys and I enjoy pursuing big game, upland, waterfowl, archery, predators, and most of all turkeys. We always seem to be planning our next big adventure and enjoy the access we have. Oklahoma only has about 3% public land so we really cherish what we have. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to experience our nations public lands in Washington, Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Montana to name a few.I look forward to many more opportunities and am beyond excited to what the future looks like for BHA at a local level as well as nationally.
Jeremy Kemper, Secretary
I was born and raised in southeastern Oklahoma early in life. I grew up fishing and chasing critters around my grandparents’ few acres with my BB gun but never chased big game. We moved off to Missouri when I was 10, and my interest in the outdoors grew and grew. When I was 14, we moved to Southern Arizona where I met a friend that invited me to go on a Coues deer hunt with him and his family. I was instantly hooked. When I was 17 we moved back to Oklahoma where I spent every bit of time I could trying to learn to deer hunt. It started on private land but as lands got sold or leased I came to look to public. Public lands have been a huge part of my hunting and fishing experiences over the last few years. Some of my friends and I have chased deer, turkey, bear and small game all over our great state. A big part of what I do is getting young ones involved in the outdoors. My nephew took a deer on public land this past season and hopefully my son will take a turkey this spring and a deer this fall. I have 2 sons, a daughter and 3 nephews who areall interested in the outdoors
Basheer Dawud, Treasurer
I was born in Eugene, Oregon and raised in the Pacific Northwest. I grew up camping and enjoying the outdoors. When my family moved to eastern Washington, the family trips stopped, but my passion for adventure and the outdoors did not. After receiving my hunter’s certification at the age of ten, I looked for opportunities to hunt, but I only got a few chances that were unsuccessful. Plenty of time was spent camping, hiking, and fishing for trout and walleye though! I moved to Hawai’i when I was seventeen for my last year of high school, leaving my family in Washington. Working various jobs, I got to explore the islands and enjoy the great hikes and camping opportunities. I spent a good amount of time teaching martial arts, scuba diving, and fishing from shore. I spent fifteen years of my adult life in Hawai’i before my friends bribed me to move to Oklahoma. Once I got here, I couldn’t wait to hunt deer and get some venison in the freezer. Reading books, watching shows, listening to podcasts, and searching theInternet led me to learning about our conservation model and the great work done by Theodore Roosevelt and many other sportsmen. I got my first deer here in Oklahoma, and I just got my first turkey with the help of our Oklahoma BHA Chapter. I love the outdoors and being able to hunt, fish, and forage. I will continue to learn and I want to ensure that our public lands stay available for all of those in the womb of time.
As a 4th generation Oklahoman, I grew up fishing public waters and hunting the private lands in Oklahoma. I embraced a love for wildlife and the outdoors at an early age and spent all of my free time with a bow, gun or fishing pole in my hand. Moving away from home forced me to expand my search for hunting grounds into the public lands of Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. Other outdoor recreation took me even further to State & National Parks and BLM lands in Washington, California, Kentucky and Utah. Through these adventures I became interested in the “how and why” behind these lands and often thought of others who did not grow up with the access that I had. I was raised with an appreciation and respect for the outdoors as well as a hard work ethic. I careabout the natural world and its precious resources; specifically, habitat, water and wildlife and I want to do my part to ensure that these resources are protected for both present and future generations to come. As an 18-yearveteran of the Oil & Gas Industry, I hope that my skills and abilities will help serve to bridge the gap between extraction and conservation.
I was born and raised in central Oklahoma on a small farm. Hunting and fishing were a huge part of my childhood and my family enjoyed many meals concentrated on wild game. As a kid, I always wanted to be a mountain man. To this day my dream of being a mountain man still exists and my wife and I do all we can to live as much off the land as we can. Each day I continue to develop a deep love for nature and have learned that the conservation of wildlife and habitats were just as important as the hunt. I still have a deep connection to the earth and that is why I have such a passion for the outdoors. I didn’t hunt on public lands until later in my life when Iran into access issues. My father-in-law invited me to hunt on public land and after that first hunt I was hooked. I take pride in hunting these areas and I love the challenge. Our wild places mean a lot to me and when I am dead and gone I want to know that I did my part to keep them wild.
Ron was born in McKeesport Pennsylvania. He grew up hunting small game and fishing the local rivers. Ron has lived in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Arizona and has lived in Oklahoma for the past 13 years.Ron heard about BHA through various podcasts and has a deep concern about the future of access to public lands.He wanted to do more than just be concerned and getting involved with BHA was one way to get off the sidelines.Ron has a BS in Management from Seton Hill College in Pennsylvania and is currently a Vice President for a large defense contractor. Ron lives in Glenpool Oklahoma and is an avid hunter with both a gun and a bow and enjoys fishing when time permits.Ron also loves to backpack and takes every opportunity to get out west to hike or hunt.“I worry that hunters are a dying breed, this is a tragedy, as most of the conservation efforts in the US are funded by hunters” Ron also states. “I am excited for the future of BHA and I truly appreciate the way BHA is working in a cooperative manner with many organizations to preserve our interests and public land access”.