First of all thanks for visiting Clark Fork Outfitters page! Leon, Molly and everyone working for Clark Fork Outfitters are amazing people with outdoor knowledge that is seemingly limitless. Here is a little bio about myself!
I grew up in Western Washington in a little farm town about 60 miles north of Seattle; Bow, Washington if anyone’s familiar with the area! I was taught at a young age about the benefits of being outside. I spent my childhood and much of my teenage years digging clams, crabbing, oystering, sports fishing and hunting the local game, which included mainly migrating flocks of waterfowl, black-tail deer and black bear. I was engraved with a respect for wildlife and the surrounding wilderness. I grew a strong passion for hunting which led me to attend college at North Idaho College. There my passion turned into an obsession. Before graduating from N.I.C I took an internship working for North Idaho Mountain Outfitters as a spring bear guide. I absolutely loved guiding and everything that came with it. After graduation I moved to Moscow, Idaho to finish up my Bachelors degree. Before graduating from University of Idaho I took another internship/job as a guide with Leon and Molly at Clark Fork Outfitters. I must have done a few things right because I’m happily still employed with this amazing family run Outfitter.
During the summer months specifically June and July I work on a commercial salmon fishing boat in Bristol Bay, AK. I started commercial fishing at a young age and continue to fish during the summer as a means of income. It is tough work but it has instilled a strong work ethic in me and has taught me to become a better communicator and leader. During the winter months I enjoy trapping and just recently started working as an in water tour guide in Crystal River, FL during the winter months.
Since I moved to Idaho and started elk hunting about 7 years ago I have shot two bull 5×5 elk and two cow elk. I unfortunately lost a 6×6 bull elk and a cow elk early in my archery elk-hunting career and have had so many close encounters its hard to tell about all. Both of these lost animals has haunted me since I released the arrow but more importantly have taught me some very valuable lessons about archery elk hunting. I have successfully hunted elk in Arizona, Montana, Washington and Idaho; I have not always been the trigger or release man but in every occurrence have been there to witness the animal get harvested. I don’t know if there is more of a special big game animal than the Wapiti.
I have harvested two 145-inch whitetail deer and countless smaller whitetail bucks and doe’s throughout my hunting career. I have gotten the opportunity to harvest one 5×5 Muley buck and have hunted deer in the woods of Washington, Idaho and Montana.
My kryptonite is the black bear; I have successfully guided close to every client and friends I have taken to kill a black bear but have come up short myself by many silly mistakes. I could write a book on the do’s and dont’s of black bear hunting because I have made a lot of tedious mistakes and have learned from all of them.
As I said before I grew up waterfowl hunting so I couldn’t tell you specifically how many migrating waterfowl I have taken in my life, if I would have to guess it would be between 800-1000’s. Turkeys are one of the smartest, dumbest birds I have hunted, I consider myself very lucky to have taken the number of Tom’s I have harvested. As guys at camp will tell you I have a nitch for killing a few grouse as well.
I started trapping when I moved over to Idaho. I self taught myself through the use of books and the Internet everything I know about trapping. I have mainly targeted coyotes, beaver, muskrat and bobcats, I have successfully caught each one of these species. Trapping is a hobby for me and I believe trapping is one of the toughest, most frustrating and rewarding activities an outdoorsman can do. We as trappers are a dying breed and this fuels my ambition to teach as many people as I can about the joy and conservation that trapping brings.
I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and am truly blessed to be working in a field that pays me for doing what I love! Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 360-391-1687 if you have any questions.