Jason Gifford, Chair
Jason has been living in Yukon for about 18 years now. Born and raised on a farm in central Alberta, Jason developed an early appreciation for the land and animals. Some of his earliest memories are big game and bird hunting with his dad, and fishing on the river that ran through the family farm. Jason loved the western lifestyle. He combined his love of horses, hunting and being in the wilderness by becoming a Yukon hunting guide. For the next 10 years, he spent every hunting season as a big game guide. He spent the off-season in the Alberta oil fields, wishing he were back in the Yukon. As a guide, he worked throughout southern and central Yukon for 3 different outfitters, where he learned profound patience in managing strings of pack horses, and developed enviable endurance in pursuit of sheep over endless mountain ranges. During his years in the Yukon wilderness, he developed a deep understanding of the fragile habitat that sustains Yukon’s unique wildlife populations.
Jason lives in the Carcross valley with a mountain view that still takes his breath away. A contractor, he travels throughout Yukon building and renovating houses. During summers, he fishes the southern lakes with his beautiful wife and loyal dog. Fall and winter see him trying to call in moose, sneak up on bison... and wonder if he still has the endurance to hike after sheep.
Jason’s growing concerns about wildlife and habitat preservation, and his awareness of the need for proactive engagement drew him to Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Jason is committed to advocating for conservation and collaborating with diverse stakeholders to strengthen awareness and ensure sustainable hunting, fishing, and land use.
Ian Davis, Vice Chair
Originally from England and late to the hunt, Ian has slowly gained experience in the Backcountry of the Yukon over the last ten years. Through the generous mentorship of long-time hunters and through trial and error he has come to love everything about the backcountry experience that hunting, and angling has to offer. The vast wilderness of the Yukon offers many unique and incredible opportunities for hunters of all ages and experience. Ian enjoys taking out new hunters and in particular immersing his young children in the pleasures of the outdoors and hunting. Knowing that despite the size of the Yukon there are still challenges around reasonable access and understanding the perspectives of average hunters, traditional land use and the important outfitting industry, Ian joined BHA as he felt it had something to offer on all these topics. He is most interested in hunter education, providing opportunities for experiential learning for new hunters, forums for discussion on hunting tips and tricks and continuing the discussion of how we can call fairly and respectfully access the public land available to us here in the far north.
Yolande Cherepak, Treasurer/Secretary
Lucas Knowles, BOD
Lucas moved to Yukon in 2014 from Saskatchewan. He loves the wilderness, people, opportunities, and solitude he has found here. Lucas has enjoyed deer and grouse hunting with his family for much of his life, and started fishing when he moved to the Yukon. Lucas now enjoys hunting grouse and rabbits with his wife, and normally targets pike, trout, and grayling when fishing. He looks forward to teaching his young daughter how to live in and enjoy the backcountry.
Outside of YBHA, Lucas is a highway engineer with the territorial government, and volunteers with Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous and the Royal Canadian Legion. A lifetime of camping with his family and six years in the Canadian Armed Forces as an infantry reservist have taught Lucas how to thrive and survive in the great outdoors.
Greg Storey, BOD
Jimmy Kennedy, BOD