About Hellgate Hunters & Anglers

To accomplish our mission, Hellgate Hunters & Anglers:

  • works to protect, enhance and restore wildlife habitat;
  • promotes sound, science-based management of all wildlife species and their habitat;
  • educates and informs hunters, anglers and others about good, ethical hunting and fishing and the biological, cultural and spiritual values of hunting and fishing;
  • ensures that future generations will experience similar, if not better, opportunities to experience wildlife, wild places, hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities;
  • protects and promotes the public trust, ensuring that all people, regardless of wealth or social stature, have fair, equitable access to our public lands, waterways and wildlife;
  • brings together hunters, anglers and other conservationists with diverse backgrounds and interests to provide an influential voice to accomplish our mission;
  • recruits and mentors the next generation of conservation leaders; and
  • helps promote the goals and objectives of the Montana Wildlife Federation and National Wildlife Federation

Contact us at:  P.O. Box 7792 Missoula, MT 59807 or info@hellgatehuntersandanglers.org  

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Kit Fischer

Past President

Growing up in MT, Kit has worked on various wildlife studies ranging from grizzly bear DNA sampling to bull trout population surveys to black-backed woodpecker monitoring. Kit served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia and went on to guiding and managing fishing lodges in Mongolia and the Bahamas. He authored "Paddling Montana" and currently works for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), advocating sportsmen's issues and leading NWF's Wildlife Conflict Resolution Program. 

 
 

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Katie McKalip

Board Member

Katie comes to HHA with experience from several conservation organizations. She is currently the Communications Director for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers in Missoula, MT, and has worked with the Teddy Roosevel Conservation Partnership as well.
      

 
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Josh Conner

Board Member

Josh is a life-long Missoula resident born and raised in the beautiful garden city, and residing ever since for 31 years.  He graduated from Hellgate High School, and continued his education at the University of Montana.  After graduating with a Bachelors in Business and Minor in Media Arts in 2006, he traveled the world to widen his perspective on world affairs.  It didn’t take long for him to find himself back in Montana enjoying the endless opportunities of outdoor life.  Archery hunting and fishing are among the top of his favorites, he is also an avid powder hound in the winter months.  Josh has been working for the medical device company Stryker Orthopaedics for over 4 years, supporting the entire state of Montana with the medical supplies necessary to do total joint replacements and trauma surgeries.  Josh’s passion for living in this fine state continues to develop as he finds more interest in the programs  that help keep these outdoor opportunities open for public use, and maintaining the Montana legacy for future generations.

 
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Tony Hoyt

Board Member

"I got addicted to wild meat while serving in the Peace Corps in the West African rainforest of Liberia in the late 60s, now I have to hunt all big game whenever I can to feed my addiction."

 

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Cody Kitchin

Treasurer

Cody is an avid Montana hunter, and travels for hunting adventure with friends and family whenever possible. He brings an experienced perspective to legislative and legal processes to HHA.

 

 

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Alec Underwood

Vice President

Alec comes to the HHA board with a variety of different conservation experience. After graduating from the University of Montana with a degree in aquatic wildlife biology, Alec worked for multiple state agencies conducting fisheries research. He now severs as Montana Wildlife Federation's Western Field Representative where he works to strengthen relationships with local rod and gun clubs and conservation organizations around western Montana. When not working to protect public lands and wildlife, he can be found on a river or chasing elk in the mountains with his bow each fall.

 
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Bill Geer

Board Member

After earning B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Montana School of Forestry and Montana State University, Bill has spent 40 years as a professional fish and wildlife conservationist.  He was Director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Coordinator for the North American Waterfowl Management Plan for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Vice President for both Field Operations and Conservation Programs for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Inland Northwest Conservation Manager for the Nature Conservancy in Idaho and Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and Director for the Center of Western Lands for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership before retiring in 2013.

 
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Andrew Gorder
Secretariat
Originally from South Dakota, Andrew came to Montana in 2008 to explore its unparalleled mountains and rivers.  He obtained his law degree from the University of Montana in 2011 and has practiced water law in some form or fashion since that time.  In his current position as staff attorney for the Clark Fork Coalition, Andrew works to restore clean, cold and abundant water to key tributaries of the Clark Fork River.  He enjoys hiking, floating, fishing, hunting, and cribbage.  
 
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 Alex Hughes

Board Member

Alex is from the Midwest, with a BS in Wildlife Biology from Ohio State. After visiting family in the Bitteroot Valley for much of his life, Alex decided to move to Missoula. He spent time during and after college working in wildlife, often with a focus on ornithology, and now works in healthcare. Alex joined HHA for the company of others who are passionate about the outdoors, and for involvement with efforts to promote conservation. Alex is an avid hunter, birder, wildlife photographer, and general outdoor enthusiast. If he isn't in the woods chasing critters with a bow or a camera, Alex can be found hanging out around Missoula.

 
 

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Jake Henderson

Board Member

Originally from Texas, Jake came to Montana to visit fellow peace Corp volunteers he served with in Ecuador. Soon after he and his wife moved to Montana for good. His love of hunting, fishing and harvesting wild foods stems from his culinary interests and providing good food to family and friends.

Jake is honored to work in disability services and feels everyone should have equal access to the great outdoors.

 

Vickie Edwards

Board Member

Vickie is a long-time member of HHA and has worked in the natural resources field in western Montana for nearly twenty years.  Her professional adventures include researching mountain lions on the Garnet Lion Project, working with the public to reduce wildlife-human conflicts for MFWP, leading crews as the Blackfoot Subunit leader for the NCDE Grizzly Bear DNA Project, and managing big game, upland game birds and furbearers as a wildlife biologist for MFWP. Currently she works with private landowners and other partners on conservation easements and land and access acquisitions for Five Valleys Land Trust. Vickie also is an official measurer for the Boone and Crockett Club.

 
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Adam Shaw

President

Adam grew up in Prescott, Arizona hunting quail and fishing in Arizona’s White Mountains. He moved to Missoula in 2007 to fly fish under the guise of obtaining a law degree. After graduating from The University of Montana Law School in 2010, he moved to Dillon, Montana where he practiced law and haunted the Big Hole and Beaverhead Rivers during the months he wasn’t chasing elk. Adam joined the HHA board in 2014 after returning to Missoula where he is currently working for Brown Law Firm handling complex civil defense litigation. His free time is spent on Montana’s rivers with his wife and hunting elk in the fall. He and his wife had twin sons in the fall of 2014 and Adam is passionate about preserving Montana’s open spaces and hunting and fishing heritage for future generations.  




 

 


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Hellgate Hunters and Anglers
Our Mission is to conserve Montana's wildlife, wild places, and fair-chase hunting and fishing heritage.