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 i[email protected]  



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. 



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.


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.


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."


Cody Kitchin


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.









Alec Underwood

Board Member

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.


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.

Andrew Gorder
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.  

Hannah Nikonow

Hannah is an avid hunter, angler and forager. She is dedicated to collaborative conservation and bringing diverse voices together to find ways to manage our public lands and natural resources. In her dayjob, she works for the Intermountain West Joint Venture as a sagebrush communications specialist. If you see someone chasing a wirehaired pointing griffon and a pudelpointer on local public lands make sure to say hi, if you can catch up.

Walker Conyngham


A fifth-generation Montanan, Walker has spent his life exploring western Montana's outdoor opportunities.  Walker attended Bowdoin College and has worked for the Montana Wildlife Federation, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and The Nature Conservancy. He is an avid bird hunter, subpar duck caller and so-so elk hunter. Out of season, he can be found on a Montana river hucking yellow chubbies. Walker is the communications coordinator at Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.



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.

Amy Schlatter

Board Member

Amy grew up in Colorado but has called western Montana home for over 20 years. After a short career as a fly fishing guide, she now works as a communications and marketing manager for S&K Technologies, Inc. She is active in conservation issues in western MT.  

Michael was raised in the mountains and deserts of Utah, but spent most of his summers in Glacier at his family cabin on the shore of Lake McDonald, which is where he fell in love with Montana. Michael grew up skiing, hiking, fishing, and mountain biking all over Utah, but made the move to Missoula several years ago. Michael and his wife Amy, along with their neurotic 7 year old German Shepherd Etta, continue to camp, hike, mountain bike, ski, fish, and enjoy the incredible access to the public lands here in Missoula, and all over Montana. 
Michael owns a small wine importing and distributing company based right here in Missoula and is grateful to be welcomed so warmly into the community of amazing small business owners around town. 
He has a severe case of adult onset hunters syndrome, especially for upland birds and waterfowl, but is also steadfastly learning the ropes of public land big game hunting in western Montana. 

Adam Shaw

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