Workshop instructors

Extension Senior Wildlife Outreach Specialist
University of Wisconsin - Madison, Dept. of Forest & Wildlife Ecology
Hunter Education Coordinator
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Tim is an 19-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 of Wildlife 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 30 years. Gary cofounded the North Carolina Fur, Fish and Game Rendezvous, a natural resources youth summer camp, and 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. 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 and North Carolina State University. Gary is now an Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Resources at Penn State University. He was on the original planning for CLfT. jgs9@psu.edu
Wildlife Biologist
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Tom Decker is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and works for the US Fish & Wildlife Service in Region 5 (Northeast Region). Previously Tom worked for 15 years for Vermont Fish and Wildlife and 9 years for Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife holding several positions including Furbearer Biologist, Director of Wildlife, and Director of Operations. Tom is a life member of the American Society of Mammalogists. He has been a member of The Wildlife Society since 1988 and is a TWS Fellow and National Conservation Leadership Institute Fellow. Tom is a certified hunter education and trapper education instructor in Massachusetts and a hunting instructor in the Vermont 4-H Shooting Sports program. Tom has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Worcester State University. He lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and spends much of his time gathering wild edibles and fishing, trapping and hunting moose, waterfowl, deer, grouse, pheasant, squirrels and turkeys.
Director, Wildlife Policy & Programs
The Wildlife Society
Keith Norris is the Director of Wildlife Policy & Programs at The Wildlife Society, where he supports policies and professional development opportunities to empower, enable, and assist wildlife professionals in science-based management and conservation of wildlife and their habitats. He holds a B.S. degree in Wildlife from Purdue University, a M.A. degree in Public Policy & Management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, and a M.S. degree in Environment & Natural Resources – Wildlife and Fisheries at The Ohio State University, and is certified as an Associate Wildlife Biologist®. His career has included positions in wildlife research, education, policy advocacy, leadership development, and program administration.
Hunter Education Coordinator
Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept
Steve Hall graduated with a B. S. degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University in 1981. He served as Colorado Services Manager for the American Sportsman's Club from 1981 through 1984, and also as a hunter education instructor and employee of the Colorado Division of Wildlife. He moved to Texas in 1985 where he first served as assistant hunter education coordinator then as education and education & outreach director for a 26-year career with Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW). While at TPW, Hall served as International Hunter Education Assn. (IHEA) president from 1993-1995. He also has served as vice president and board member of the National Bowhunter Education Foundation for 12 years. He has served as ‘Huntmaster’ for the Texas Youth Hunting Program, which he helped start in 1996. He has been inducted into both the IHEA and Texas Hunter Education Halls of Fame. After retiring in January 2011, he served as executive director for two years with the Texas State Rifle Association and then as executive director for IHEA-USA for 2 ½ years. He has returned to Texas Parks and Wildlife in August 2015 to be closer to family. He and his wife, Karen, have son, Ryan, who works for Southwestern Energy in Houston and daughter Sarah who is a senior at Texas A&M University. Steve is an avid bow hunter and fly fisherman and continues to volunteer to teach in many outdoor education programs.
Conservation Officer
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Jacob Berl is a Conservation Officer with Idaho Department of Fish and Game. He earned a B.S. from Humboldt State University, M.S. from West Virginia University, and Ph.D. from Purdue University. Jacob enjoys hunting, fishing, and traveling as much as possible.
Hunter Development Program Manager
GA-DNR Wildlife Resources Division
Walter Lane is the Hunter Development Program Manager for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA-DNR). Walter has been a CLfT Instructor since 2009. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1996 with a B.S. again in 1999 with a M.S. degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science. He began working as a wildlife biologist with the GA-DNR in 1999 and worked on a habitat restoration project for northern bobwhite quail and other grassland songbirds. In 2001, Walter became the Project WILD Coordinator for Georgia and held that position for seven years before taking over as Program Manager of the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in 2007. Walter became the Hunter Development Program Manager for GA-DNR in 2010. Walter began hunting squirrels, doves, and deer with his uncles when he was a boy and has retained a passion for hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports. He began hunting waterfowl and turkeys after moving to Georgia in 1999. Walter has been married to a smokin' hot blonde from the NC Mountains for 12 years and they have two young boys who ensure there is never a dull moment in their lives.
Associate Extension Professor
Mississippi State University
Dr. Wes Neal received his B.S in from Virginia Tech, and both his M.S. and Ph.D from North Carolina State University. He specializes in research on topics ranging from farm pond management to tropical fish ecology and management to sport fish genetic selection. Wes served as state Extension fisheries specialist in Arkansas for 4.5 years before joining the faculty at Mississippi State University in 2008 in the same role. He currently is an Associate Extension Professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at MSU. Wes is an avid angler and hunter, with a primary focus on connecting with nature and securing healthy natural meats for the freezer.
Professor Emeritus
Utah State University
Michael L. Wolfe, grew up on Long Island, New York. He received a B.S. in Wildlife Management from Cornell University and a doctorate in Wildlife Science from the University of Göttingen, Germany. After a postdoctoral research position working on the Isle Royale moose/wolf project, he joined the faculty of the (USU) College of Natural Resources in 1970, where he taught a spectrum of terrestrial wildlife and natural resource courses, . Mike’s principal research interests were in the area of ungulate and carnivore ecology and management. He worked with several cervid species as well as bison, mountain goats and feral equids and led a 17-year study of cougars in Utah. He had a long working relationship with management agencies, including a two-year contract with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources as Mammals Program Coordinator. Mike has also lived and worked extensively abroad, including in the former Soviet Union, Australia and South America. These teaching and research assignments were under the auspices of various exchange programs including the Fulbright Commission, Organization of American States and the National Academy of Sciences. Currently, he is actively involved in wetland restoration on a conservation easement along the Bear River in northern Utah. Mike is a life-long hunter, but shares this avocation with other interests such as curling, nature photography and playing the concertina. He has been an instructor with the CLfT program since 2009.
Outdoor Education Project Administrator
North Dakota Game and Fish Department
Brian has been a CLfT Instructor since 2014. He graduated from Unity College in Maine in 2009 with a B.S. in Wildlife and again in 2013 from South Dakota State University with a M.S. in Wildlife Sciences. He began his career working as an Education and Outreach Coordinator with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever in Kansas. In 2015, Brian returned to North Dakota to work in the Education Section of the Game and Fish Department where he works to share his knowledge and passion for the state’s rich hunting heritage.
Brian’s fondest memories of his youth are of hunting with his Father on the hardwood ridges surrounding his childhood home in the Pocono Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania. He will always be a proud Pennsylvanian, but the vast public lands and abundant hunting and fishing opportunities of the west forced him to call the prairie home. He currently resides in Bismarck, North Dakota with his Yellow Labrador, Patton.
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.
Retired Program Coordinator of the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
Retired from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Other jobs which are too numerous to mention but I will name a few. NC State Park Ranger, Education Director at the NC Museum of Forestry, Volunteer alligator researcher with Florida Fish and Game , Naturalist with SC Parks and Lenoir County Parks and Rec, and Boll Weevil Trapper. I love teaching at CLfT and meeting the new caretakers of our wildlife. I find it interesting to see the same problems and new problems in the Wildlife field. My hobbies are fishing, hunting, reading, writing and rehabbing wildlife.
Ph.D. Candidate
Michigan State University
Randy Knapik is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department at Michigan State University. He is an Indiana native, but considers himself to be a Michigander by default since he spent the majority of his life on the water at his family’s lake cottage in Van Buren County. He was introduced to wildlife conservation by chasing cottontails and whitetails in the fields of the Midwest with his father and uncle. Randy received his Bachelor’s degree at Purdue University and completed his Master’s degree at Ohio State University researching survival and microhabitat use of northern bobwhite. His Ph.D. research is a partnership between USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and focuses on demographics and movement of mute swans in Michigan. Randy began as an Intern with CLfT in 2009 and has been instructing at workshops since 2010.
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.
Texas Game Warden
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Texas Game Warden since July 1988. Stationed on the lower Texas coast. Firearms Instructor, Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor, Marine Safety Enforcement Officer Instructor. I have been hunting creeks and fishing since a child with my grandpa and father. I enjoy migratory and waterfowl hunting. I also enjoy cooking. I am married to Jill Flores. We have 22 year old twins. Both pursuing grad school. My family and I take every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Living on the coast provides almost full opportunities to fish and hunt waterfowl. I have been able to pass on my knowledge to CLFT workshop students in regards to roles of law enforcement in regards to wildlife conservation. I also provide preparation information and sometimes prepare wildgame meals for CLFT programs.
Professor and Department Chair
Brigham Young University
Brock is a professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences at Brigham Young University. His current research is focused on population and community ecology of mammals, conservation of mammals, and behavior of mammals. Current projects include population ecology of mule deer, resources selection and movements of elk, interactions between feral (a.k.a. wild) horses and native wildlife, reintroduction ecology of river otters, distribution and conservation of kit fox, population ecology of mouflon sheep in Hawaii, and community ecology of desert small mammals.

Brock is married and has four children and one grandchild. He loves spending time with them, especially when it involves the outdoors.

Brock is an avid hunter and spends many days each year pursuing everything from gamble's quail (with his springer spaniel named Boone) to elk. He loves to bow hunt and his ultimate passion is to chase high country mule deer.
Wildlife Interpretive Specialist/ GA Project WILD assistant coordinator
GA Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife Resources Division
Amber Barrow has been working for the department of Natural Resources since 2011 as an environmental educator at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, GA. She also is a hunter education instructor who teaches at day programs and overnight youth hunting events. She has a bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Berry College. Amber grew up fishing with her family but started out learning about hunting at the age of 14. Her grandfather taught her about small game hunting for rabbits and squirrels. Later in college, her boyfriend (later to be husband) taught her about falconry and using hawks and other birds of prey to hunt squirrels, rabbits, and other small game. She fell in love with sport and continues to learn more each and every day about the hunting and its history. She loves to cook all kinds of wild game recipes and loves trying new things while outdoors. She currently goes small game hunting with her husband and now is studying to become a licensed falconer in Georgia.
Southwestern Regional Wildlife Ecologist
USDA Forest Service
Karl grew up tromping around the hills and rivers outside his family home’s back door in rural northern Michigan. Throughout high school and college he funded his extracurricular adventures working as a first mate on a salmon boat, a fly fishing, canoeing, and hunting outfitter and guide, and as a professional consultant during the development of wildlife management and research programs. Karl’s interest in nature, conservation, wildlife, and protected area management led him to study the role of nature reserves in harboring large carnivores in southwestern China for his PhD in Wildlife Ecology, which he completed in 2011 through a joint appointment with the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. These experiences fostered a deeper and more informed appreciation for America’s public lands system and inspired him to pursue a career with the United States Forest Service. Karl’s professional interests include ecological research, applying science to natural resource management, and promoting personal connections between people and the natural world. He has taught about the relationships among humans, wild land, and wildlife in the U.S. and abroad, and has developed and hosted international conservation workshops for global business leaders, conservationists, and political leaders. In his free time Karl, his wife, and their daughter enjoy exploring wild spots off the beaten path with their bird dogs, fly rods, and backpacks.
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. Zach severs on The Wildlife Societies Editorial Advisory Board and assist with several national working groups dedicated to how hunting angling and trapping can ensuring the future of conservation for the collective benefit of all things wild.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Chief Hunter Safety Education Instructor, retired family practice nurse, hunter, fisher and shooter. NRA Shotgun Certified Instructor
Area Wildlife Biologist
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Noe is the Area Wildlife Biologist for USDA-NRCS in northeast Colorado. She works with farmers and ranchers to develop high quality wildlife habitat on privately owned lands.
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.
Program Director and Instructor
University of Missouri
Thirty year career with Missouri Department of Conservation as researcher, administrator and outreach programs chief.

Outreach Programs Chief, Missouri Department of Conservation, January 2004-December 2009
Wildlife Research Supervisor, Missouri Department of Conservation, January 1999-December 2004
Wildlife Research Biologist (wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, forest ecology, agricultural systems), Missouri Department of Conservation, August 1985-December 1998
Wildlife Biologist, Missouri Department of Conservation, January 1979-July 1985
As a Wildlife Research Biologist Mr. Kurzejeski has significant experience in designing and conducting research, often working closely with collaborators at the University of Missouri. His research included work on population dynamics of galliforms; impacts of Federal Farm programs on plant and animal species; influences of forest management on terrestrial and aquatic systems; and measuring the attitudes and preferences of resource user groups. During his career with the Department of Conservation his work involved both the biological and social sides of natural resource management. He led many agency-wide communication efforts aimed at gleaning public input from Missouri citizens. He supervised staff responsible for the development of hunting regulations and worked closely with all aspects of regulatory process.

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.
Prof.
Purdue University
Andrew DeWoody is a professor in the Dept. of Forestry & Natural Resources at Purdue University. He is a long-time hunter and has been involved with CLfT for nearly a decade. Most recently (2017), he helped teach CLfT's first annual "Hunting for Conservation" workshop in Texas.
Director, Business Development
Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports
Samantha Pedder is the Director of Business Development for the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports. Previously, she served as the Manager of Outreach and Diversity for the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Hunting Outreach Specialist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Samantha has spent her career focusing on improving contemporary R3 practices through each of these organizations. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University, a Master of Natural Resources from Utah State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University.
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Department of Fisheries & Wildlife @ Michigan State University
CLfT Instructor- Hunter Education Instructor
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
Michael Kolsun has been a volunteer Hunter Education instructor for the Vermont F&W department for 28 years. He is certified in hunter, bow and trapper education and currently serves as a Chief Instructor. Growing up in a non hunting family, he was mentored into hunting in his early twenties. After all the help he received, the importance of 'paying it forward' lead him to becoming a certified instructor. Through networking in his local community, he now has a team of 12 instructors, teaching a hands on, interactive, experiential based class.
He has attended the Tom Brown Tracker School, learned to make primitive longbows with John McPherson, is an avid hand loader of ammunition and has spent time as a primitive rendezvous/fur trade era, muzzle loader competitor. Taking the hunt to a deeper level of satisfaction, which includes butchering and caring for ones harvested game, is a year round pursuit.
As an Endowment member of the NRA, he has instructor ratings in pistol and shotgun. After retirement from UPS, he has started Vermont Advanced Shooting Sports (V.A.S.S.), a post hunter education school, to facilitate the new shooter with limited mentoring opportunity.
Michael and his wife, Molly Cook, live on 38 acres in the Northeast Kingdom in Brighton, VT. They spend their time managing their land to sustain wildlife, hunting, fishing, shooting and enjoying the gifts that nature provides. Wild game meat in the freezer is their preferred diet.
Master's Student
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Director
GA Wildlife Resources Division
Rusty Garrison serves as the Director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
Mr. Garrison has been with DNR for 18 years having served most recently as the manager of the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Georgia. He has served in numerous other capacities, including Assistant Chief of Game Management, State Coordinator of Project WILD, and Chief of the DNR Mountain Search and Rescue Team. Before his career with DNR, Mr. Garrison worked for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service for nearly nine years.
Rusty has served as a CLfT instructor since 2012. He has assists with classes mostly at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Georgia; but also teaches at Max McGraw in Illinois and at facilities in Colorado and Idaho.
Mr. Garrison holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences and a Master of Science in Wildlife Biology, both from the University of Georgia. He is active in his local community, having previously volunteered as a fire fighter and first responder for his county EMS. Mr. Garrison has traveled to over 65 countries while on mission trips and remains active in his local church. He is married to his wife Sue, has three daughters, and is a proud grandfather.
Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Kim Bogenschutz is the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). She has developed and directed the IDNR AIS Program since its inception in 2000. Prior to her current position, she worked for the Minnesota DNR, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Iowa Department of Transportation, and IDNR in a variety of capacities including fisheries management, private lands restoration, environmental review and permitting, and nongame wildlife. Kim is vice-chair of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Invasive Species Committee, past chair of the Mississippi River Basin Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, and is on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Invasive Plant Network. A native of Minnesota, Kim earned a BA in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MS in Fisheries Science from South Dakota State University. In addition to CLfT, she shares her love of the outdoors as an instructor for Outdoor Journey for Girls and Becoming an Iowa Outdoors Woman. Kim, her husband, Todd, and their daughter, Veronica Brooke, reside on 50 acres along the bluffs of the Des Moines River in Madrid, Iowa, with their two bird dogs. In addition to fishing, hunting, and boating, she enjoys attending her daughter’s dance and sports events, spending time at the family cabin in Minnesota, and coaching cheer and dance teams.
Maine Ecological Services Project Leader
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The Ecological Services project leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Maine Field Office in East Orland, Maine! Anna has worked with the Service since 2009, and her journey has brought her from D.C. to the Pacific Northwest and now to the rocky coast, rolling mountains and forests of Maine.
Director, Institute for Water Resources Science and Technology
Texas A&M University in San Antonio
RUDOLPH “RUDY” ROSEN, Ph.D., is a Visiting Professor and Director of the Institute for Water Resources Science and Technology at Texas A&M University in San Antonio, a Fellow of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, and a former Research Associate at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He is a former Director of Wildlife, Fisheries and Coastal Resources for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and was also Executive Director of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, where he served in the cabinet for the environment of two governors.

Dr. Rosen specializes in wildlife and fisheries conservation organization management, leadership, fundraising, and advocacy. He has served in international, national, and regional executive leadership positions in the National Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, and Safari Club International and its foundation. Rosen has served on over 130 nonprofit and government national and international boards, commissions and committees on fish and wildlife management, and has written over 500 articles, blogs and presentations on organizations, natural resources conservation, and policy. He has often appeared before the US Congress and state legislative bodies to testify on wildlife and fish resource conservation matters.
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.
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.
Mosley Environmental Associate Professor/Extension Specialist
Alabama Cooperative Extension System/Auburn University
Mark D. Smith is a Mosley Environmental Associate Professor/Extension Specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Systems in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. He received his B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University and a M.S. in Wildlife Sciences and Ph.D. in Forest Resources from Mississippi State University. His extension activities focus on helping landowners and natural resource professionals reduce damage caused by wild pigs. Mark is an active member of The Wildlife Society, serving in various capacities at all levels (student chapter to national) and is also an Alabama Hunter Education instructor. Mark’s introduction to the shooting sports, hunting, and fishing began at the age of 6 on a 160-acre woodland in northern Michigan. These early childhood experiences in the woods with family and friends played a key role in developing his insatiable quest for adventure. Over the ensuing years, Mark has hunted and fished through much of the United States, 4 Canadian Provinces, and Africa. Despite these far-flung adventures, his true love is rabbit hunting with a pack of beagle hounds. Labeled a “Damn Yankee” by many (a northerner who visits the South and doesn’t leave), he has since developed an unshakeable addiction to saltwater fishing. Thus despite a having a relatively good paying job, he remains continuously broke.
Hunter Education Coordinator
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Marisa was born in Ohio, moved to south Florida when she was 15 and to Alabama when she was 20 where she still resides today. As such she is very confused about her heritage and often hears the words, "You ain't from around here are ya?" or, from her relatives that still live in Ohio, "Girl, you sound like Tanya Tucker!" Raised in an anti-gun/anti-hunting family she ignited much controversy when she started hunting and participating in shotgun competitions in her late 20's.Currently she serves as the Hunter Education Coordinator for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources where she has been employed since 2005 and tries, rather unsuccessfully, to fit in.
Assistant Professor and Program Director Natural Resources Management
Green Mountain College
Val grew up in a small town in Upstate NY and was an outdoors enthusiast at an early age. From the time she could say "zoologist", she knew she wanted to work with wildlife and conservation. She spent much of her time hunting and fishing with her family, who instilled an appreciation for wilderness in her and encouraged her love for wildlife. She completed her undergraduate at Cazenovia College, majoring in Environmental Studies. She then ventured to Murray State University for a Master's in Biology where she studied the impacts of roads on a population of copperheads in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. She returned to the Northeast to Binghamton University for her PhD where she studied movement patterns and population structure of the eastern tiger salamander on Long Island. She then worked for 2 years at the Bronx Zoo as a Curatorial Fellow in the Herpetology Department and then spent a year working for the Wildlife Conservation Society studying bison in Montana. She is currently Assistant Professor and Program Director of Natural Resources Management at Green Mountain College. Her current research focuses on human influences on wildlife health. She is a certified Hunter's Safety Instructor for both archery and firearms in Vermont. She also teaches courses on Hunting History, Ethics, and Management, and Wild Game Preparation at GMC. In her spare time, she does all things outdoors with her husband, baby daughter, and 5 dogs.
NRA INSTRUCTOR, IL CONCEAL CARRY AND IL HUNTER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR
NRA, STATE OF IL, ILDNR
LAURA ANDERSEN, is a Certified NRA Shotgun,Rifle, Pistol, Personal protection in the Home, Personal Protection outside the Home, IL Conceal Carry instructor, and a Certified Volunteer Hunter Safety/Tree stand Instructor for Illinois DNR.
Besides the shooting sports she enjoys teaching archery, fly fishing, cooking, beekeeping and various Boy Scout merit badges. She is a big and small game hunter, and has traveled extensively to hunt and fish. She is an elected Trustee for the Village of Campton Hills, IL, former instructor at Country Garden Cuisine cooking school, a Certified Master Gardener in Illinois and Florida, a beekeeper and a Nationally Certified Medical Technologist. She is a member of Trout Unlimited, NRA, Boy Scouts of America, St. Charles Sportsman’s club, Rochelle Wildlife Conservation club, and Sisters on the Fly.
Regional Director
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Steve is a life-long hunter and fisherman who's passion for wildlife lead to his career in wildlife management. He has over 30 years of experience working in the wildlife profession in the Southeast and currently serves as Regional Director for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He and his family are avid hunters and his passion is hunting whitetails, turkey and waterfowl. He has been a CLFT instructor since 2012.
Assistant Professor of Wildlife Habitat Ecology
Montana State University
PhD Student
South Dakota State University
Lindsey is a PhD student at South Dakota State University. Lindsey is currently researching Greater Sage-Grouse on the eastern fringe of their distribution, and is particularly interested in the impact of West Nile virus to the population. Lindsey received a B.S. in Ecology with an emphasis in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University in 2010 as well as a M.S. in Secondary Education from Black Hills State University in 2015. Lindsey has been an instructor for CLfT since 2016. Hunting has been a big part of her life and culture since she was a child and she truly enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge about hunting with others.
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.
Orion-The Hunters'Institute
Eric is a retired Vermont Game Warden and Hunter Education Coordinator. His is the past executive director of the International Hunter Education Association and Orion-the Hunter's Institute. He currently serves on numerous boards including Orion, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) and Lamoille River Paddlers Trail. An avid hunter and owner of an eager Brittany bird dog, he has a hard time finding time to do all the wilderness canoe trips, fishing trips to Montana and in Vermont, and the hikes in Norway that he would like to do. Eric has introduced hundreds of folks to the joys of the outdoors thru hunting, fishing and tripping, and touched thousands thru teaching, talks and writing. He is currently coordinating an ethics column in the BHA Outdoor Journal.
Past Chairman, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board
Rob has been involved with CLfT since 2008 and continues to find it motivating, challenging and extremely satisfying. He has served on both the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board (Chairman) and the F&W Advisory Committee. A "student" of public regulation, he believes in the regulatory process when all of the "players" understand and fulfill their obligations. Also, a current Trustee and past President of the Barre Fish and Game Club, the largest private shooting and hunting club in Vermont. Other relevant credentials include Hunter Education Instructor (20 years), Range Safety Officer, NRA certified shotgun instructor and have conducted many education shooting programs for kids and women. Rob grew up in a hunting and fishing culture in Minnesota.
After graduating from college in Biology, he took a position as the Minnesota "Research Co-coordinator for Scientific and Natural Areas" . After 3 years, he when back to school and became a Chiropractic Physician, moved to Vermont and has been in private practice since 1983. He owns and manages a 50 acre wood lot and spends as much time as possible outdoors.