Workshop instructors

Hunting Heritage Biologist
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Walter “Deet” James is the Hunting Heritage Biologist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission; a position he’s held since 2008. Deet grew up in east central Pennsylvania and was introduced to hunting and fishing by an uncle. After nearly 25 years in the manufacturing industry, Deet’s passion for the outdoors led him to pursue a career in wildlife and currently dedicates his time both personally and professionally to maintaining the hunting culture.
Deet has been a CLfT instructor since the program began describing the experience as one of the most enjoyable and rewarding facets of his "relatively" short wildlife career.
CLfT National Coordinator
Prior to coming to CLfT, David was a Captain with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division where he served for 27 1/2 years in a variety of positions including Field Officer, Environmental Investigator, Homeland Security Coordinator, Training Administrator and the Education and Training Section Commander. David holds a number of instructor certifications and specialties that includes: ILETB Master Instructor, Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor (Handgun, Shotgun and Patrol Rifle), 4H Shooting Sports Shotgun Instructor, Muzzleloading Rifle, Range Safety Officer, Indiana and Illinois Hunter Education Instructor and Indiana Trapper Education Instructor. David is a 1980 graduate of Vincennes University with an Associate of Science degree in Conservation Law Enforcement and a graduate of the 191st Session of the FBI National Academy. He is a three-term president of the Association of Natural Resource Enforcement Trainers (ANRET)(now a subcommittee of NAWEOA). David served as Secretary of the International Hunter Education Association, IHEA from 2009 to 2011.
Professor of Wildlife Resources in the School of Forest Resources
Pennsylvania State University
Gary grew up in West Virginia and received degrees from West Virginia University, Clemson University and Colorado State University. He has lived, hunted and fished in seven states and has hunted in North Carolina with the same group of friends for more than 25 years. Gary cofounded the North Carolina Fur, Fish and Game Rendezvous, a natural resources youth summer camp, and has team-taught the shooting sports component of the program for eight years. He is an instructor for wildlife ecology and shooting sports at the American Wilderness Leadership Schools. He is the incoming Chair of The Wildlife Society’s Wildlife Damage Management Working Group. His current interests include wildlife damage management, shooting sports, natural resources public relations, human dimensions and environmental education. He taught Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation and Natural Resources Public Relations at Penn State. Gary is now an Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Resources at Penn State University. jgs9@psu.edu
Professor Emeritus, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Mississippi State University
Prior to serving on the faculty at Mississippi State, he retired in 2001 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, where he served as National Program Leader for Wildlife and Recreational Fisheries for 23 years, before that he worked as a Wildlife Management Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. in 1978-79. Prior to coming to D.C. with USFWS, he served as State Extension Forester and Wildlife Specialist for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service from 1967 to 1978. An Alabama native, Jim went to college at several Universities in Alabama, and to graduate school at the University of Florida, where he studied bobwhite quail. The year 2013 marks his 68th year of hunting, which began with a Daisy red Ryder BB gun in 1945. Jim has hunted game animals, with wild turkeys being his favorite species, throughout most of North America, and in several other countries including South Africa in 2012. He has taken turkey gobblers in 41 U.S. States and in Mexico. He is an avid bow hunter, upland game hunter, firearms collector, and has owned several hunting dogs from beagles to pointing dogs. He has been married to his wife Doris, for over 50 years and they have two sons and a 14-year old grandson who killed his first spring gobbler in 2011 and is another of his favorite hunting companions. A wildlife manager, administrator, and educator for more than 48 years, he continues to actively contribute to the profession, consult with others and work on their own small farm which they manage in north Alabama for trees and wildlife. Jim is a Life member of the Wildlife Management Institute and the National Wild Turkey Federation, an Associate member of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and an Honorary Member, and Fellow of The Wildlife Society. He served The Wildlife Society (TWS) as a state Chapter President for two different Chapters, was elected and served two terms as Southeastern Section Representative to TWS Council, was later elected as a TWS Officer for 4 years and served as President of the Society in 1998-99. He has been a member of TWS since 1963, a Certified Wildlife Biologist (CWB) since 1979, and in 2007 was the recipient of the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award presented by TWS.
Conservation Officer, Sergeant
Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Bureau
Joli began her career in conservation by volunteering and working seasonal positions in Colorado with the Student Conservation Association, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and in Iowa with the Conservation Commission while attending and after graduation from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In 1989, Joli left Colorado to return home to the Midwest to start her (now 28 year) career as an Iowa Conservation Officer. In 1999, she expanded her role as a law enforcement trainer with the IDNR, accepting the new position of Training Coordinator and eventually becoming Supervisor of Licensing and Training for fifteen years. She is now coming full circle, back in the field.
Joli’s passions have evolved from law enforcement training and “education through enforcement” to introducing new audiences to conservation and natural resources recreation and appreciation through programs including Outdoor Journey for Girls and Becoming an Outdoors Woman. She also enjoys working with Iowa State University in outdoor skills programming, Hunter Education, class presentations, and presenting for over two decades with ISU’s Program for Women in Science and Engineering (STEM).
Joli enjoys trailrunning, bicycling, and paddling with her partner and dogs. She finds great joy and deep value in bird hunting (especially behind her late, beloved springer, Abbey), firearm and bow hunting deer from a treestand, and sitting in the spring woods calling turkeys.
CLfT Director
Conservation Leaders For Tomorrow
Zachary E. Lowe is the Director of the Conservation Leaders Tomorrow Program, which is housed within the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation in Dundee, Il. He has a diverse professional background working within the disciplines of restoration ecology, research/extension, and conservation education. He holds a B.S. in Wildlife Science, a second in Fisheries and Aquatic Science, and a Ph.D. in Restoration Ecology from Purdue University where he maintains an Adjunct Faculty position within the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. A native to the Midwest, Zach grew up as an avid outdoorsman and is passionate about hunting. He engages in trapping and fishing as the time and the seasons allow. Zach enjoys the culinary rewards of hunting and gardening and finds the preparation of game and local foods to be a year-round connection to the family’s seasonal harvest. Fonder of dogs than most people, he has a pointing lab name Chester, “the nearly loyal”, who is a regular hunting companion for upland birds and waterfowl. Zach, his saintly wife, and 3 children live in west central Indiana, joined by 1 dogs, 2 turtles, and his wife’s cat. Zach is a member of several professional conservation organizations and is dedicated to working to ensure the future of conservation through wise consumption for the collective benefit of all things wild.
Hunter Education Coordinator
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Tim is an 18-year employee of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division. Tim’s duties are the coordination of the department’s hunter education program. This program has expanded over the years to include many new and engaging educational programs such as Indiana’s National Archery in the Schools Program. Tim was appointed the State Coordinator for this program in December of 2005. During Tim’s career, his involvement in the shooting sports and hunting has strengthened his abilities to lead the department’s outdoor education programs to a new level. With over 37 years of volunteering and working to promote outdoor activities, Tim holds numerous training certifications from various organizations that promote and encourage the use of our great natural resources.
Professor Emeritus, Extension Wildlife Specialist and former Chair of the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Scott resides on 12 acres of restored prairie in Oregon, Wisconsin. A native of New Hampshire, he earned an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He began hunting by following his father and grandfather around the mountains of northern New England in pursuit of deer and grouse. He has been hunting for more than 40 years for deer, wild turkeys, upland birds and waterfowl. Scott served as state leader of the Wisconsin 4-H Shooting Sports program for 13 years and is a certified instructor for rifle and shotgun. With the help of several colleagues and friends, he launched the Wisconsin Student Hunting Project in 1995, which received national recognition several years later; it is the model on which CLfT was based. Scott has taught many wild game cooking classes and enjoys promoting game utilization. He is very active in The Wildlife Society and belongs to numerous other conservation organizations.
Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist
Iowa State University
Adam Janke is an Assistant Professor and the statewide wildlife extension specialist for Iowa State University based in Ames, Iowa. He does research and extension programming on wildlife habitat and wildlife conservation issues in Iowa and throughout the agricultural landscapes of the Midwest, working primarily with gamebirds. He earned a B.S. from Purdue University, a M.S. from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. from South Dakota State University, all in wildlife. He is also certified as an Associate Wildlife Biologist with The Wildlife Society and serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Wildlife Management. He is a life-long hunter and enjoys spending time afield with his black lab Abby or time alone in the deer stand or turkey woods during the hunting seasons. Between seasons, he bides his time with golf, woodworking, and hockey among other hobbies in anticipation of the return of fall.
Chief, Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units
U.S. Geological Survey
I am Chief of the USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units, a network of 40 research units in 38 states at major universities. I was Chief of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration for the Northeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service previously. I am also Adjunct Associate Professor of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Michigan State University, and Andres Bello University in Santiago, Chile. I am a Certified Wildlife Biologist and Past President and Fellow of The Wildlife Society. I am a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club, Life Member of International Hunter Education Association and Senior Specialist in the Fulbright Scholar Program. I am a member of the IUCN Otter Specialist and Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Groups, serve on the Board of Directors of the National Conservation Leadership Institute, and represent USGS on the Wilderness Policy Council. I advise MS and PhD students studying carnivores, ungulates, and human dimensions, and have worked in Africa, Canada, Chile, Peru, and the US. I'm Associate Editor of Human Dimensions of Wildlife journal, Science and Education Editor for Fair Chase, and teach graduate courses in Wildlife Conservation and Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation. I teach Hunter and Trapper Education in Massachusetts, and have hunted most of my life, feeling most alive and connected to nature when doing so. My trophies are wild game meals I serve to friends and family.