Ryan Busse - Kalispell, Montana

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Ryan Busse– Kalispell, Montana

By the time Ryan could walk and carry a lever action, he began exploring the backcountry of the vast unbroken native prairies on the Western Kansas ranch where he was raised. Not content with rifle alone, he began casting fly rods at age 5 in preparations for family trips into the Colorado Mountains and would grow to explore dozens of backcountry rivers and streams in Colorado and Wyoming. In College he was known to house his bird dog and double barrel in his dorm but still managed to obtain a degree in History and Political Science.

After graduating from college in 1993, Ryan began a career in the outdoor industry. In 1995 he moved to northern Montana to run the sales department for Kimber which was was at that time a small fledgling firearms company. He soon became Vice President of Sales where he remains today. Kimber is now a thriving company and one of the top 4 firearms manufactures in the United States.

Throughout his professional career he has actively served on numerous volunteer boards and advisory panels including a 4 year term as Chairman of Montana Conservation Voters where he helped guide the organization. He played pivotal roles in guiding numerous programs and campaigns including nationally significant efforts to elect conservation champions such as Senator Jon Tester.

Ryan loves to hike small streams with a fly rod, bird hunt behind his prized dogs and pursue big game with rifles he helped design. He spends every available moment in the western Backcountry from Alaska to Arizona but considers the Rocky Mountain Front of MT his sacred home. His wonderful and active family includes wife Sara and sons Lander and Badge (named after Lander, WY and the Badger Two Medicine in MT).

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