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 [email protected]

Meet Our Board of Directors


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) as the Director of Wildlife Programs.

Trey Curtiss

Board Member

Trey Curtiss was born and raised in Missoula and was introduced to hunting, angling, and trapping at a very young age in the Flint Creek valley on his grandparents’ ranch and surrounding land. That led him to a B.S. in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana. While working towards his undergraduate degree, Trey interned for Backcountry Hunters & Anglers for over a year and a half and also helped develop and presided over BHA’s first collegiate club at the University of Montana. During that time, he also volunteered with the MT chapter of BHA to plan and execute fundraising events, education programs, stewardship projects and provide support for policy work in the Missoula area. Graduating from UM in the spring of 2017 he began working full time for BHA as a USFWS fellow designing curriculum, leading stewardship projects on USFWS refuges across the country, building more college clubs, and created partnerships with non-hook and bullet outdoor brands and companies. Now, as BHA's' R3 coordinator, Trey works to promote and bolster best-known R3 practices into all of BHA’s chapters and college club's Hunting for Sustainability and R3 efforts across North America with the help of BHA's grassroots leaders while working closely with each wildlife agency. Trey also serves on the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports National R3 Implementation Workgroup to oversee the application of the National Hunting and Shooting Sports Action Plan. More recently, he has secured funding for a Multi-State Conservation Grant Program as a project leader on marketing research project aimed at understanding motivations and barriers for hunting small game in conjunction with the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

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 and he's a savvy accountant.


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 serves as Montana Wildlife Federation's Director of Federal Campaigns where he works on legislative and land protection campaigns benefitting Montanna Sportsmen. 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.

Alex Ames

Board Member

Alex developed his passion for hunting and fishing while growing up in the Dakotas. He moved to Montana in 2010 and obtained his undergraduate degree from Montana State University where he also developed a love for fly-fishing Montana’s wonderful streams and alpine lakes. He then headed west to attend law school at the University of Montana. Alex is an Associate Attorney with the Brown Law Firm in Missoula. He joined the HHA board in 2021 with a strong desire to help further the goals of HHA and preserve our wonderful hunting and fishing opportunities now and into the future.


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

Board Member

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 attending law school at the University of Montana.


Jake Henderson


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.

Michael Grisley

Board Member

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.

Casey Hackathorn

Past President

A lifelong hunter and angler, Casey landed in Missoula in 1999 after an early career in the Air Force and has never looked back. When not rowing rivers, chasing elk, or hunting birds, Casey can be found somewhere in the Clark Fork River Basin working for Trout Unlimited to make better habitat for fish, wildlife and people.

Nuridia Nulliner

Board Member

Nuridia  is from Missoula and sees the outdoors through many different lenses as a fifth-generation Montanan and daughter of an immigrant. She grew up hunting, fishing and camping in the pristine mountains of western Montana. Nuridia graduated from Whitman College with a degree in biology and quickly moved back home to enjoy the outdoors. After working in a microbiology lab at the University of Montana, she decided to help out more with the family business. Born with an elk call in her hand, she has been passionate about elk her whole life and developed a deep appreciation for Montana's wild spaces and wildlife. As a hunter education instructor, she feels the need to preserve opportunities for future generations as well as instill safety and ethics in the next generation of hunters. In her spare time she can be found somewhere deep in the mountains, working on her fly fishing cast, or spending time on public lands with her family and two wonderful golden retrievers. 

Deanna Bublitz

Board Member

DeAnna is a microbiologist that grew up hiking, backpacking, and canoeing in Minnesota. She moved to Montana in 2012 and with a lot of borrowed gear and even more help from some friends she took up hunting and hasn’t looked back. Hunting has strengthened her love of wild spaces and her desire to expand the network of folks involved in conservation activities. Knowing she probably wouldn’t be a hunter today without those friends and their gear she founded the collective D.E.E.R. Camp – MT that is focused on starting a hunt-gear library to reduce the financial barrier for folks who want to learn to hunt. DeAnna is also a Montana Wildlife Federation ambassador and a recent graduate of the Montana Master Hunter program. In any leftover time, she’s on the trails with her dog, at a concert, or attempting one of her crafting hobbies.


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.