Rendezvous 2018 - Seminars

2018 - Seminar Bios and Seminar Description

We'll be expanding more on seminars as we get closer to Rendezvous. Here are your speakers as of February 2018:

Bryan Huskey : Catch & Release 2.0 - Standing With Science

A modern re-boot of catch & release tips and practices with ways to improve your photos and social media content at the same time. This presentation will take a look at recent C&R science and discuss the impact of camera phones and social media on C&R fisheries. We'll present tips and suggestions for successful practices and how to educate, empower and inspire anglers of all kinds.

Founder of the the #keepemwet hashtag and subsequent organization Keepemwet Fishing, Bryan Huskey is an outdoor enthusiast inspired by the diversity and vast open spaces of the Pacific Northwest. The stoic landscapes and rivers of this region provide the images Bryan shares through his work as a photographer and filmmaker. He is passionate about sharing his experiences and hopes to inspire others to recognize the priceless value of public lands and their resources.

Corey Jacobsen: Putting the “U” in Elk Hunting Success

Public land, DIY elk hunting success rates hover around 10%. That means that on average, 9 out of 10 elk hunters go home with an unfilled tag every season. Or, the average elk hunter only fills their elk tag once every 10 years. But you don’t have to settle for average! Join 9-time World Elk Calling champion, Corey Jacobsen, as he shares the path that leads to consistent, public land elk hunting success, and see how you can join the 10% of elk hunters who fill their tag – every season!

For 9-Time World Champion Elk Caller, Corey Jacobsen, there is nothing like the high-country in mid-September. Finishing in the top 5 in the Professional Division at the RMEF World Championship Elk Calling contest 17 times in the past 18 years, he has become one of the most sought-after resources for elk calling and elk hunting instruction in the nation. In 2013, Corey was also named the RMEF's 'Champion of Champions" elk caller. Corey recognizes that success on the stage doesn't necessarily relate to success in the field, however, and he lives for the “real” contest that takes place in the elk woods every September. It is there, on public land, over-the-counter archery units that he has been hunting elk for over 30 years.

Corey's passion for elk hunting led him to create, a website devoted to elk hunting education, instruction, and entertainment. offers a wealth of elk hunting information and education, along with interaction with other elk hunters, elk hunting videos, and much more. For more information, visit

Ryan Busse & Tom Healy: Birds, Dogs and Bird Dog Chasers

Some of the finest backcountry upland experiences are all around us. They can be had on a day trip with inexpensive licenses, a decent shotgun, a dog and a pair of boots – or can consist of weeklong bird safaris with wall tents and remote camps. Tom and Ryan will lay out the details of all sorts of bird chasing experiences. From the forests of the Northeast and Upper Midwest to the deserts of southern Arizona, you'll learn where to look, what types of dogs are best for each type of hunting and what basic gear you need. 

Whether you are an accomplished bird hunter or someone who wants to get started, this seminar will provide valuable information on what many believe to be our most rewarding and accessible opportunities. In the end, you'll understand why Leopold, Roosevelt, Grinnell, Audubon and many more of our country's most iconic public land owners were also passionate bird hunters.

Ryan is the National Board Chair for BHA and is a passionate bird hunter. He's been carrying shotguns behind birddogs since he was 8, and has accumulated a wealth of real world knowledge on all things birdhunting. His love for the sport and our public lands is infectious.

Tom Healy is a tireless leader for Montana BHA. He grew up in Iowa and was introduced to bird hunting while cutting class with the Principal's son. Before moving to Montana , He became an expert at hunting grouse, woodcock and duck over the forests and Wilderness of the upper Midwest. These days Tom and his dogs frequently cannot be found on the prairie and rimrock country of our western public lands.

Tim Brass & John Gale: National & State Public Lands Policy

BHA's two senior policy experts break down how public lands policy affects our work at BHA and your public lands. 

John Gale was raised in Idaho by two awesome parents, Debbie and Steven, who have an amazing appreciation for public lands. Steven, a dedicated life member, attends events and volunteers for BHA across Idaho. Debbie recently became a life member of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and is eager to start packing her Kimber 9mm. John is their son.

Tim Brass lives in Longmont, Colorado where he works with BHA’s chapter leaders and coordinators to help build-up the base behind BHA’s work on behalf of public lands and waters.

Clay Hayes: Still Hunting – Life in the Red Zone

Clay Hayes is a wildlife biologist, bowhunter, and film maker specializing in outdoor, hunting and wildlife. He has spent 20 years honing his ability to get very close to wildlife of all kind.

Chef Randy King: Eat Wild Game 

Overweight and with high cholesterol Chef Randy King was not the hunter he wanted to be. An injured animal, a wasted shot and a vow to perform better – King took himself to task. Vowing to get in shape and eat only wild meat he killed himself. He changed his whole life. Wild game meat is the healthiest meat in the world. Learn how a diet rich in wild game can positively affect your health and wellness. In addition stay for the culinary demonstration from Chef Randy King

Randy King is a man of dual passions – cooking and hunting. As a lifelong hunter King is often in trouble for having “dead things” on the counter at home. When not in the field he can be found behind a stove making a mess. King is a columnist for Northwest Sportsman Magazine, author of Chef in the Wild and owns

Carter C. Neimeyer: Wolves, Going Forward

Carter Niemeyer has Bachelor of Science (1970) and Masters (1973) degrees in wildlife biology from Iowa State University. He has been a state trapper for the Montana Department of Livestock, and a district supervisor for USDA Wildlife Services in western Montana managing and controlling large predators. He was chosen as the wolf management specialist for USDA Wildlife Services covering the states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. In that position, he was responsible for livestock depredation investigation, as well as wolf capture and removal.

Niemeyer was a member of the wolf capture team in Canada during reintroduction in the mid-1990s. In 2001 he was recruited by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to run the agency’s wolf recovery program in Idaho, and retired in 2006, coincidentally on the same day that wolf management was officially handed over to the state of Idaho. He also has worked on wolf issues in Washington, Oregon and California, as well as England, Scotland, France and Kyrgyzstan. He wrote his first memoir, Wolfer, in 2010. His second memoir, Wolf Land was published in 2016. Carter lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife, Jenny.

Remi Warren: Q&A with Remi Warren

Remi Warren is a writer (Western Hunter Magazine), outdoor tv host (Solo Hunter TV), and a western big game hunting guide, sharing his knowledge hunting public lands across the west.

Brett Bowersox: Idaho's Chrome Domed Steelhead – A Diverse Fishing Opportunity

Steelhead are an iconic Idaho resource and provide valuable angling opportunity within the state. Angling opportunities within the state are diverse, much like steelhead themselves. Hatchery fish provide harvest opportunity while wild fish are managed for catch and release. Given the diversity of the resource, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game conducts a variety of projects across the state to address data gaps and monitor status of wild steelhead to better understand and manage this valuable resource.

Although steelhead runs have declined over the past century, Idaho is fortunate to still contain some of the most intact wild steelhead habitat in the lower forty-eight. The steelhead strongholds still in existence within the state such as the Lochsa, Selway, and Middle Fork Salmon rivers provide an important opportunity to monitor the status of Idaho’s steelhead and work towards improving runs in the future.

Brett Bowersox has worked for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for the past 12 years spending much of his time studying Idaho’s steelhead resource. He is an avid biologist and angler that enjoys communicating lessons learned from the science side of things to the public. He currently leads the Wild Salmon and Steelhead Program within the Clearwater Region of Idaho.

Rob Brazie, Senior Conservation Officer – Idaho Fish and Game: Hunting Wild Turkeys – Welcome to Your Next Obsession!

Rob first hunted wild turkeys in upstate New York 40 years ago. Since then he has hunted turkeys throughout the United States completing three grand slams, his first with shotgun, his second with a bow, and he just completed his muzzleloader slam with a fine Osceola last spring. Rob is passionate about teaching new hunters. He has mentored hunts for elk, deer, bear, geese, ducks, turkey, and pheasants. Rob has published several articles on hunting; his latest article "Wheelin Jake and the Warden" was in the winter issue of Turkey Call magazine.

Rob was honored to receive the National Conservation Officer of the Year in 2017 by National Wild Turkey Federation at their national convention in Nashville for his work with new hunters and his enforcement and conservation efforts in his home state of Idaho.

Mark Penninger: Hunting Alaska from a Lower 48 Perspective

Mark Penninger is a BHA life member, wildlife biologist, and avid outdoorsman. He enjoys hunting different species in different landscapes, and emersion into hunting cultures.  Mark’s adventures with bow and fly rod have taken him to Alaska and many western states, as well as New Zealand, Africa, Canada, Mexico, and Kyrgyzstan. Mark’s passion and appreciation for nature and public lands are woven through every aspect of his personal and professional life. 

J.R. Young & Ryan Callaghan: Using the Whole Animal

We're bringing it back! One of our most popular seminars has two members of our National Board breaking down how to get more out of your animals. 

Ryan Callaghan currently is director of public relations for the hunting apparel company First Lite, where he coordinates withwildlife and public lands advocacy groups and is constantly working to move the entire hunting industry towards a stronger conservation ethic.

Callaghan joined First Lite in 2011 as the then-start up’s first full-time employee. Working with company founders Kenton Carruth and Scott Robinson, he firmly established conservation and hunting ethics in the core of company’s business philosophy. Now residing in Ketchum, Idaho, Callaghan grew up in Montana and is an avid outdoorsman.

J.R. is a recovering accountant, National Board Member of BHA and your average meat and fungus chaser on public lands.  He paired his love of food and hunting many years ago and is always seeking new adventures that has the possibility of securing a meal of wild eats.  Lacking creativity and talent in most forms of art, food has been the one area where the right side of the brain performs closer to average for J.R.  He can be found at his home in California often preparing meals for friends, family or sometimes strangers from the internet while leaving his guests to wonder what species or body parts they're eating.  

Kids Room

For the time when seminars are running, there will be a kids room available with multiple opportunities to play, learn about conservation, and make arts and crafts. Children must be supervised by parents or guardians, who must be present with them in the room at all times. 


Orion, The Hunters Institute: Hunting in the Balance—Confronting Legitimate Arguments Against Hunting

At last year’s BHA Rendezvous in Missoula, members of Orion’s Board of Directors spearheaded a session on the ethically complex issue of losing wounded game—animals that are “gone but not forgotten.” Orion’s plan this year is to take a next step beyond last year's wide-ranging discussion of the lived realities of hunter ethics. This year, we will take on the question of the ethicality of hunting itself, with a focus on the need for all of us to hear, and to take seriously, the ethical validity of some arguments against hunting. Is hunting always ethically defensible? How, and when, must Fair Chase mean something more, or different, than “Us” vs. the “Antis”?

Our 8:15 a.m. time slot is far too early for a “talking heads” panel discussion. . . and that is a good thing. We are planning a lively format of guided group discussions, in which participants will do the talking, with a focus on one of two contentious issues, in which there are clearly legitimate arguments for both sides:

  • Long-distance Shooting, Drones and Real-time Game Cameras: Technological Advances or Unfair Advantage?
  • Dealing with “Nuisance” Urban Wildlife: Hunters, Sharpshooters, or Non-lethal Means?

Come, join us, and prepare to have your eyes, and mind, opened, in a multi-faceted exploration of outdoor ethics in action.