I can still remember the day when Don Peay called me and invited me to come up to Salt Lake for a get together at Fred Morris’ home concerning our struggling wild sheep populations in the state. That meeting was full of concerned wild sheep enthusiasts. That meeting was the inception of this great UFNAWS organization. Now many years later I’ve had the great honor of being asked to become a Board Member of UFNAWS. I consider this a great privilege and opportunity to give back to the Wild Sheep community.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been taken in with the allure of hunting wild sheep. Looking back I can remember sitting in my high school college chemistry class and slipping a Peterson’s Hunting magazine in my chemistry book and reading a Jack O’ Conner story about chasing Stone Sheep in BC. Little did I know at that time many years later I would have the opportunity to sit in the exact same camp Jack had written about. Needless to say, I wasn’t a great chemistry student. As my passion for hunting took over and my interest in chasing sheep grew, being a young kid and not having the resources to hunt sheep on my own, I figured the best way to be involved was to become a guide and get my sheep fix while helping others chase their dreams. I learned how to hunt sheep from one of the legends in desert sheep hunting (Hub Grounds). I’ve been fortunate to have been a part of over 100 sheep hunts to this date and hope to be a part of a few more before I get too old to hike the haunts of the deserts and the high mountain basins where these incredible animals roam. Along the way, I was blessed with the opportunity to harvest my first ram in 1997, a 12-year old desert ram from the North San Rafael. And in 2002, with the help of some amazing friends, I was truly blessed to be able to go up with ARRO and harvest my second ram, a great 40-inch Dall sheep. This hunt was everything I imagined it to be and more! It pushed me both physically and mentally more than anything I’d ever done in my hunting career. I’m hopeful my Rocky and Stone will be in the near future.
I’ve been married 29 years to my best friend and sweetheart. I grew up in Provo. We moved to Springville shortly after we were married and raised our three boys there. I worked as a mason for many years before becoming a full-time outfitter.
It’s amazing to see how far our sheep herds have come since the late 80’s. Although we’ve had some fairly significant set backs recently, I firmly believe with the amazing men and women in our UFNAWS family we can help turn things around and ensure healthy and thriving wild sheep herds for our future generations. I’m looking forward to the challenge and opportunity to see that this vital work keeps moving in a positive direction.