Phil grew up in a family of sportsmen and sportswomen, learning to hunt and fish from his parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. “One of my earliest angling memories is paddling a wooden-canvas canoe with my grandfather in Maine, casting flies to trout and poppers to bass,” he said. Growing up, summer vacations were spent on family river trips, which Phil credits as instilling both outdoor and conservation ethics in him and his siblings.
“Hunting has also been an integral part of my life, including big game, waterfowl, and upland pursuits,” he added. Phil hunts elk and deer in Colorado with a bow and rifle, and enjoys practicing with his traditional bow at the local archery range a quarter mile from his home. He lives in Carbondale and runs an energy business, helping municipalities and electric utilities with their power supplies, with a focus on renewable energy.
For part of the summer Phil works in western Alaska as a fly-fishing guide, taking clients on week-long fishing float trips down remote rivers in search of trout, salmon, and char. “Stewardship of our public lands and waters is very important to me,” he added, “and I’m excited to help BHA forward its mission and achieve its goals!”