Washington Board

Bart George

East Side Co-Chair – Spokane

bart_george_2019.jpgBart George serves as the East Side co-chair for Washington Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. He lives in the Spokane area with his wife and two young sons. Together, they spend much of their free time exploring the Selkirk Mountains and enjoying the freshwater recreation opportunities throughout the region.
Bart is a Wildlife Biologist for the Kalispel Tribe in northeast Washington, where he spends most of his days in the field. Whether surveying caribou from a fixed wing aircraft, tracking and collaring cougars or snowshoeing into the wilderness to set hair snares and game cameras, Bart loves the fact his work and play are one in the same
He is an avid hunter, guide, and hound handler, and is deeply passionate about wildlife conservation and restoration. You can typically find Bart wandering around the eastern Washington or northern Idaho wilderness with the family hounds.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

Cougar, for sure. The beauty of pursuing cougars with dogs is that you get the opportunity to practice “catch and release” hunting, so I rarely have cougar meat available. When I do cook it it’s typically roasted with somewhat light seasoning.

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

I typically listen to NPR on my commute and when I’m driving, so I don’t have a long list of podcasts that I regularly listen to. I enjoy the MeatEater podcast as well as This American Life.

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

I enjoy hunting lots of different species and landscapes, but I am fascinated by big cats. My dream hunt would be a leopard hunt with hounds in Mozambique.

 


Cameron Lankhaar

West Co-Chair, West Events & Fundraising Leader – Sultan

Cameron_Lankhaar.jpgCameron is a Washington native who currently resides in the heart of the Cascade mountains amidst the Mt Baker/Snoqualmie National Forst in Sultan, Washington. From a very young age, he spent most of his time outdoors from hiking and camping to snowboarding to ORV recreation. During his 20’s he discovered a passion for hunting, beginning with the thrill of waterfowl and upland bird, then developing into a desire to chase big game such as elk, bear, and deer. His obsession with blacktail deer and upland birds has fueled his desire to become immersed in public lands and the wild places they inhabit. He explores all options from rifle to archery, seizing any opportunity to set foot afield.

With the motivational words of Aldo Leopold, Theodore Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot, and others he developed a passion and sense of responsibility to help preserve and protect the public places for his two sons and all others who enjoy them.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

I love to chase both elk AND upland birds, as they both lead me to explore beautiful places that require immense physicality.

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

The Your mountain podcast.

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

Alaskan Caribou or Southeast Alaska Sitka Blacktail hunt.

 


Brandon Ellsworth

Conservation & Policy Leader (Region 2) – Bonney Lake

Brandon_Ellsworth.jpgOriginally from Phoenix, Arizona, Brandon grew a fondness for the outdoors in the state’s central deserts and northern mountains. While fishing filled his early adolescence, Brandon spent his teenage years scouting, skiing, and otherwise recreating, instilling a passion for the pursuit and enjoyment of wild places. After attending college at Purdue University, he entered the Air Force and commissioned as a pilot. McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, WA was his first duty station and what Brandon refers as his “Love at First Sight” with the Pacific Northwest. Follow-on assignments took him to Las Vegas, NV, but the call of Washington never left. In 2014 he and his wife returned to settle in the Bonney Lake area.

Brandon is an “Adult Onset Hunter” and fully appreciates many of the barriers fledgling outdoors people face. With the acquisition and training of his first labrador, he tiptoed into hunting with waterfowl and upland game pursuits throughout Nevada, Utah and California. After spending several seasons pursuing his love of waterfowl, Brandon recognized the need for not only preservation and access to the wetlands in which waterfowl thrive, but the mentorship necessary to get more into the outdoors. Follow on years expanded his desire to be hunting and fishing the backcountry of the american west and ensure those areas would remain publicly accessible for as long as possible. In 2016, Brandon was introduced to the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and immediately joined as a life member. In his spare time, Brandon listens to any podcast on leadership and conservation whilst dreaming of flying deep into a remote wilderness to pursue sheep.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

Mule Deer.  Favorite is to keep the loin attached to a few ribs, French the bones, and grill medium rare.

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

The Joe Rogan Experience.

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

A fly-in Alaska Dall Sheep hunt. 

 


Lauren Ling

East Events & Fundraising Leader – Spokane

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Lauren discovered hunting as an adult, it seemed an almost natural extension of her love for the wild places and a desire to know her food. Hunting quickly became a doorway to exploring different ways of processing, preserving and preparing food, and inspired Lauren to start canning. Now Lauren lives on a small 10 acre farm outside of Spokane, and spends as much time as she can foraging, gardening, cooking, canning, hunting and tending to the farm. The connection with food and wild places is a driving factor in her life, inspiring her to go farther and try harder. As a member of the Washington chapter board, Lauren enjoys working with fellow Public Land Owners to help guide events and boots on the ground efforts.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

Growing up in Colorado, Lauren has had a life-long love affair with Mule Deer. She is never happier than when she is combing the mountainsides hoping for a flash of white to catch her eye. Favorite mule deer meal: Potato waffles with smoked blackstrap and raspberry chipotle sauce. 

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

The Plain People’s Podcast, stories of survival from former members of the plain churches. 

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

It’s a toss up between Alaskan Moose or Tahr in New Zealand. 

 


Carmen Vanbianchi

Conservation Director, Conservation & Policy Leader (Region 3) – Twisp

carmenphoto.jpgBorn and raised on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington where she spent her childhood in the woods, Carmen always knew that she wanted work outdoors as a wildlife biologist when she grew up. To realize this dream she attended Humboldt State University studying wildlife management and conservation, and after graduating worked in the US and Canada on various wildlife biology projects, focusing on carnivore biology. Spending so much time tracking, trapping for research, and studying wildlife naturally led Carmen’s interest to hunting, and in her early twenties she set about teaching herself to hunt.

Carmen eventually settled down in the Methow Valley of Washington and received her MS degree from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, researching Washington lynx habitat. Currently, Carmen spends most of her time working as a field biologist or scouting nooks and crannies in the mountains in anticipation of fall mule deer hunting.

As someone who works and plays on public lands, Carmen feels a deep responsibility to help protect them. For this reason she is rolling up her sleeves and joining BHA in the fight to “keep public land in public hands”.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

Mule deer.  My favorite way is to have steaks with morel risotto.

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

Right now I'll listen to anything cooking related, I'm trying to get better in the kitchen.

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

Bighorn sheep in the Canadian Rockies.

 


Ryan Los

Treasurer – Wenatchee

ryan_los.JPGRyan lives in Wenatchee, WA with his wife and two kids.  Ryan and his wife love getting out on our public lands and waters hunting and fishing, with both young kids in tow.  Ryan has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Policy, which he doesn't currently use for work instead using his knowledge in volunteering his time with groups like BHA.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

My favorite wild game to pursue is by far elk with my bow but I’m starting to develop a love hate relationship with the challenge of getting a mature mule deer on a backcountry hunt.  I cook elk and any game meat in a wide variety of ways, from tongue tacos, shank Ossobuco, and your normal steaks and roasts.  I love cooking especially when its something in depth and gathered around with a group of people.

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

My favorite podcast would have to be Joe Rogan, the array of guests he has on and the varied topics is great, plus he is a very good interviewer/conversationalist.  I listen to a lot of podcast so always have something hunting related on my list, Meat eater, Cal's Week, Remi Warren, THC and good ol Hal Herring.

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

My dream hunt would be to go chase moose and woodland caribou in the Yukon.  I have read so many books about the area and just getting to see the area would be spectacular.  

 


Matt Little

Conservation & Policy Leader (Region 5) – Fern Prairie

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Matt is a passionate public lands hunter and angler who grew up in Minnesota and has been working on conservation from a sportsman’s angle ever since. Matt started his career in Washington, DC working on wetlands issues and then became senior advisor to the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York and, later, at a bipartisan congressional coalition -- focused on agriculture and conservation issues.

In 2003, Matt moved to the Pacific Northwest to be a Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park; followed by leading various regional conservation groups, including the National Wildlife Federation and SW Washington’s Cascade Forest Conservancy. Matt loves to find the middle ground on natural resources issues and has served on many resource advisory groups in Oregon and Washington. 

Matt currently lives north of Camas, WA in a sportsman’s paradise with his wife Paula and two little hunting and fishing companions, Brooke and Sabrina.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

My favorite species to chase are salmon, ducks, and elk. Anything with Adobo is good with him!

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

My favorite podcast is Randy Newberg

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

His dream hunt is to chase moose and caribou in Alaska as far away from a road as possible.

 


Mike Lithgow

Conservation & Policy Leader (Region 4) – Spokane

Mike_Lithgow_(1).jpgMike is a fourth generation resident of Pend Oreille County in Northeast Washington. After high school he attended Western Washington University’s Huxley School of Environmental Studies where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy and Planning. After a few years of working as a Community Planner, Mike enrolled at Eastern Washington University, where he received a Master’s in Public Administration.

When not working as the Information and outreach coordinator for the Kalispel Tribe, Mike is playing the upright bass in the band Shedroof Divide, and recreating on the public lands of the West. Flyfishing, bow hunting, waterfowl hunting and horseback riding are some his favorite ourdoor hobbies. “ I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order” (John Burroughs).

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

I love to pursue Elk in September. I like cooking elk steaks on my pellet grill.

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

I really like “Podcast and Blast” with Hal Herring.

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

What is your dream hunt (species and location)? I would love to hunt Interior Grizzly in Alaska.

 


Matt Nesbit

Conservation & Policy Leader (Region 7) – Kennewick

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Matt attended Oregon State University in the Fisheries and Wildlife program which opened his eyes to all that the Northwest could offer. He now works as a Fisheries Biologist in eastern Washington. Matt’s work focuses on spring/summer Chinook survival in the Columbia and Snake rivers. He has done juvenile salmon survival studies from the Idaho headwaters to the Columbia River estuary as well as adult salmon studies from the estuary to Bonneville Dam. However, the project that Matt is most passionate about is public outreach with local elementary students as part of the Salmon in the Classroom project.

Matt came to hunting at an older age but has a true passion for hunting and spending time in the backcountry or any expanse of public land in Washington and Idaho. Matt Lives in Kennewick with his wife and two daughters. This past year Matt found his unforeseen calling in rattling whitetail deer, he rattled one in and harvested it with his 3 year old daughter by his side in what will likely be one of his greatest hunting memories ever.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

Deer, my favorite thing to eat is Tenderloin, marinated with a rub on it for 5 days, seared 5 min in cast iron, 10 minutes in oven @300, let cool for 10 minutes, slice thin, enjoy.

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

Dave Ramsey.

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

 Rattling Washington whitetail with my daughter(s).

 


Dustin Coy

Communications Coordinator – Rock Island

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Dustin grew up in Central Washington, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, snowboarding, and rock climbing. Shortly after getting married to his wife Samantha, they moved to Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands. He and his family relished the Puget Sound’s beauty and bounty by salmon fishing, crabbing, and hunting blacktail deer. Missing the mountains and four seasons, he moved back to Central Washington where they continued to grow their family. Dustin and his wife have seven children and a small farm in Rock Island, Washington.

He always takes time to appreciate the beauty of Washington state’s terrain and wildlife through either a camera lens or by packing a bow or rifle around in the mountains. Dustin builds traditional bows and is a 4H club leader for archery. Conservation has become more of a concern to him as he has matured while pursuing his hunting passion. “Having public spaces and wild places is imperative. Our kids depend upon us to work to keep public lands in public hands.”

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

My favorite game to pursue is Rocky Mountain Elk in the Eastern slope of the Cascades. Fresh cooked elk heart fajitas are one of my favorites when it comes to cooking elk.

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

I am really into listening to some of great podcasts in no particular order. “Cutting the Distance” w/ Remi Warren, “Unashamed” w/ Phil Robertson, Vortex Nation Podcast, and “The Backcountry Hunting” podcast w/ Joseph Von Benedikt

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

When I think of a dream hunt I’m instantly drawn to Alaska but, I would love to go and see what it would be like to hunt Himalayan Tahr in New Zealand. That’s one hunt that’s at the top of my list!

 



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