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  



Kit Fischer

Growing up in MT, Kit has worked on various wildlife studies ranging from grizzly bear DNA sampling to bull trout population studies to black-backed woodpecker monitoring. Kit received his B.A. in English/Journalism from Colorado College in 2005. After completing school, Kit took a two year stint in the Peace Corps working in a remote village in Zambia developing rural aquaculture and sustainable agriculture. Following his return, he further pursued his piscatorial interests by guiding and managing fishing lodges in Mongolia and the Bahamas. Currently, Kit 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

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.

Hayley Newman
Board Member

Hayley joined the HHA board in 2015 after being an active member for several years. Hayley has worked for the National Wildlife Federation on a variety of sportsmen issues for the last 6 years. She received her MS from the University of Montana in 2013 studying wildlife crossing structures located on US Hwy 93, north of Missoula. Hayley has also worked for the Forest Service focusing on the hydrologic impact of roads throughout the Pacific Northwest. She can usually be found on horseback, fooling trout, or taking her rifle on long walks in the woods. She is excited to be part of such an active, regionally based conservation group.


 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.


Casey Hackathorn
Board Member / Past President

Casey joined the HHA board a few years back after coming home from our Wild Night 4 Wildlife with a fine new firearm and deciding he’d better give something back. He grew up in the Midwest with a fishing pole in his hand while fishing the creeks and ponds of the family farm and any lake his dad or grandparents would take him to. The Air Force introduced Casey to the Rocky Mountain West and he moved here permanently the first chance he could get. When not at work in the Upper Clark Fork for Trout Unlimited, Casey can generally be found with a fly rod, bow, rifle, or shotgun in hand somewhere in Western Montana.



Adam Shaw

Vice 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.  

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