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.
David Bogner, Secretary
Growing up my family didn’t hunt. We did some outdoor things, like camping, visiting state parks, some hiking, maybe fished a time or two. It wasn’t till my family moved from Indiana to Nebraska and I took hunter safety class at age 13 that my dad took my hunting for the first time. My dad didn’t grow up hunting either, he had been squirrel hunting I time or two but otherwise we were learning on public land by ourselves from a book (honestly, we took a book on hunting with us and the first time I got a deer we learned to gut it by looking at the pictures in the book). I’ve been hooked ever since then. From just being outside, to having close encounters with wildlife, procuring wild food for myself and my family as well as challenging myself in the wild. After hopping around living in and hunting a few different states (South Dakota, Illinois) I ended up in southeastern Oklahoma. I love all the opportunity I have to hunt and fish here in the southeast corner of the state due to all the public land. Because of my love of hunting, and conservation I wanted to join a group that supported that. I carefully searched for a conservation group worth joining that reflected what hunting and fishing is like for most of us. A group that supports public land, conservation, access and opportunity, and isn’t just focused on a single species. I ended up joining BHA before we had a chapter here in Oklahoma. I look forward to helping new hunters and anglers connect to the outdoors through BHA as well as speak up for conservation and public lands in Oklahoma.
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.
Kevin Osborn, Social Media Manager
I am a 3rd generation native of NE Oklahoma. I grew up with a love for traveling, nature, and the outdoors. My focus, as the chapter social media manager, is to highlight the organizations volunteer efforts and the adventures of members and other Oklahomans in the outdoors. While I grew up with a passion for the outdoors, I did not start hunting until I was in my 30’s after an invite from a friend. After a few seasons and the loss of private land access, I turned to public land for hunting opportunities. The importance of public lands access for those like me as well as future generations, is of great importance. Protecting those lands and waters, and adding even more access, is a keystone for me. As a father of three, I know the efforts we make today can leave a lasting benefit.
Matt Engel, Board of Directors
I was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. My early experiences in the woods and on the water were focused more on spending time with my dad more than the hunting, fishing or food aspect of it. At some point, around 10 years old, I remember getting the feeling that I wanted to catch my own fish and hunt my own deer and so I began showing more interest. Nowadays if it is fall through winter, I’ve got big bucks, birds, and elk on my mind. Come Springtime, it’s all about fishing and gobblers. In my spare time when I’m not in the woods or on the water, I fund my outdoor adventures by working as a Teaching Assistant in an Autism Classroom. I also am a wildlife and portrait photographer. I spend a majority of my hunting season hunting my lease in the Panhandle and the rest hunting Oklahoma Public land. I have a passion for cooking wild game and am constantly trying new things. I am proud to be working with a group of like-minded folks who are fighting to keep our public land in our hands!
Tom Parker, Board of Directors
I was born and raised in central Oklahoma. I didn’t grow up hunting and fishing and it didn’t run in the family but I fell in love with it and the outdoors regardless. I’ve been lucky to have friends help along the way teaching me things I wasn’t able to learn on my own. I’ve always been raised to take care of what I have so it came second nature with the outdoors, I always make sure to take care of it and leave it better than I found it. I have mainly hunted private land but have enjoyed my exposure to public land mostly because of the relationships you build meeting new hunters and anglers that love and enjoy the same things you do. I love being a part of something bigger than myself, so I am looking forward to impacting the great lands of Oklahoma.
Daniel Scott, Board of Directors
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.
Robert Land, Board of Directors
I grew up in SW Missouri fishing mostly at Table Rock Lake and Roaring River State Park which I still run to every chance I get. Camping, hiking and small game was just about all I knew until I bought a bow second hand when I was 16 and I fell in love with white tail. I took about a 10 year break from hunting while in the Marines, that's were camping and hiking took on a whole new meaning. I moved to Oklahoma in 2011 after meeting my wife. I eased back into hunting the first few years, Primarily enjoying rifle season and camping a few weekends here and there. It wasn't until I bought another bow that my love for the outdoors started to come back. Teaching my Nephews and my Daughters about the world around them has fueled that passion even more.
Austin Morton, Board of Directors
For as long as I can remember I have spent as much time as possible outside. I come from a family of woodsmen. I was born and raised in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and completed my bachelors degree at the University of Oklahoma. My business has afforded me the opportunity to travel all over our nation and enjoy our public lands and waters. After all of my travels, I had a strong desire to get back to my roots and settled my family in the Tulsa area.
As soon as I was able, my father would tow me along in his fishing boat or up a tree to enjoy all that Oklahoma has to offer. My life has been truly blessed with amazing experiences I’ve had in the woods and on the water. Now, a father of four, I feel an obligation to preserve these same opportunities for our future generations. Oklahoma has so much to offer, but we must protect what was given to us. This means it is essential focus on continued access, conservation, and overall stewardship of our public places. For all these reasons that I am honored to be on the board of BHA Oklahoma and will do my best to protect our wild places.
Brock Stuber, Board of Directors
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.
Kevin Nunnelee, Board of Directors
I am a Oklahoma native, who grew up hunting and fishing. Time spent with my family in the woods, and on the water, helped to instill in me a lifelong love of the outdoors and the bounties that nature has to offer. After high school, I bounced around the state and the country to attend college and graduate school. I found myself in Louisiana, where I spent a summer working as an archaeological aide for the US Forest Service at Kisatchie National Forest. My time spent with the USFS opened my eyes to the various types of public lands and their vast recreational opportunities. Upon returning to Oklahoma, I started fly fishing, and found an even greater love for the outdoors. Fly fishing has taken me across our vast public lands in search of various species of fish. Eventually, I realized that I needed to do more as a sportsman to protect and conserve the wild places that we all love to be in. Today, my greatest joy comes from getting my two young daughters and son outside, and teaching them how to be proper stewards of the land. I want to ensure that we all have public lands to hunt, fish, hike, swim, and enjoy various other activities on. I think we can do so by educating others about the importance of public lands and how to leave them better than we found them.