Southeast Colorado Group Leaders

Tyrell Woodward - Southeast Colorado Group Regional Director

“I am excited for the future of BHA and my personal involvement. The more I invest in the organization the more I get out of it. I am continually finding that there are more and more like-minded hunters and anglers who also call BHA home.” –Ty Woodward, Colorado BHA Southeast Group Regional Director[1]

Ty was born and raised in Lamar, Colorado. He grew up hunting small game and upland birds (pheasant, quail and doves) along with fishing the lakes—for walleye, crappie, catfish, small and largemouth bass—in southeast Colorado. Ty moved to Colorado Springs for college and started hunting elk, mule deer, and Arkansas River Valley whitetails, in addition to working as a seasonal employee for Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and in the hunting department at Sportsman’s Warehouse.

He heard about BHA through the MeatEater podcasts with Steven Rinella. “After listening to the podcasts and discussions with guests,” Ty said, “I decided that an organization with the caliber of hunters/conservationists represented in his podcast was worth my involvement and money.”

Ty has a BS in Biology from Colorado College and a MS in Wildlife Biology from CSU-Pueblo. He was a CPW seasonal technician for nine years and currently lives in Florissant, working as a Private Lands Wildlife Biologist, with a focus on Forested Habitat, for CPW, NRCS and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. “I currently hunt elk, whitetail, mule deer, turkeys and small game, including pheasants,” Ty says. He hunts with both rifle and bow.

“I would also like to note that I am excited to be able to pass along the traditions of hunting and fishing to my children as they grow older like my dad did for me. I have the support of a wonderful wife which allows me to spend time in the woods each year and increases the gratification of filling the freezer with game meat,” Ty adds. “I am excited for the future of BHA and my personal involvement. The more I invest in the organization the more I get out of it. I am continually finding that there are more and more like-minded hunters and anglers who also call BHA home.” Contact Ty at: woodward.tyrel@gmail.com.

Ben Montgomery - Southeast Colorado Group Assistant Regional Director

“As a prior resident of Texas, where publically available land is rare, the threat of the loss of public lands and access to those lands is an issue that greatly concerns me.” –Ben Montgomery, Colorado BHA Southeast Group Assistant Regional Director[2]

Ben was born and raised in rural central Missouri, near the Missouri River. “I began fishing as a young child (too young to remember),” he says. “I started with rod and reel, fishing for bluegill and crappie in the Missouri River bottoms.” He learned to fly-fish at eight, catching rainbows in the spring-fed streams of the Ozarks, and was hunting at age nine, primarily for small game, mentored by his father and brothers. Ben killed his first deer at 11 and today primarily hunts the high wilderness areas of the American Rocky Mountains. “My passions are elk and waterfowl,” Ben says, “though I hunt everything from rabbit to turkey to black bear.”

Although Ben is mostly a trout angler these days, given the opportunity he will gladly spend a weekend fishing for crappie. He hunts with both rifle and compound bow, but also shoots a recurve. Ben graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and currently works as a Systems Engineer with the Defense Contract Management Agency in Colorado Springs.

He lives in Peyton, and says: “As a prior resident of Texas, where publically available land is rare, the threat of the loss of public lands and access to those lands is an issue that greatly concerns me.” Contact Ben at: ben.montgomery.iv@gmail.com.

For additional information see:

-“Colorado BHA Approves Southeast Colorado Group/Sub-chapter.” Backcountry Hunters & Anglers: 7/14/17.

-“Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Join USFS For Public Lands DayCleanup.” Backcountry Hunters & Anglers: 6/19/18.

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[1]Nicole Qualtieri. “Colorado BHA Approves Southeast Colorado Group/Sub-Chapter.” Backcountry Hunters & Anglers: 7/14/17.

[2]Nicole Qualtieri. “Colorado BHA Approves Southeast Colorado Group/Sub-Chapter.” Backcountry Hunters & Anglers: 7/14/17.

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