Who We Are
Conservation Sportsmen Across Montana
Born and raised in Brady Montana. Graduated from University
of Montana with a Degree in Wildlife Biology. Started
farming in 1977 with rented land and old low cost machinery.
I eventually bought some of the rented land, spending
spare time and money developing wildlife habitat on it.
I have always shared the bounty of Circle S Ranch with
the public for free. Retired from farming. President of
Circle S Ranch, Inc.
Avid hunter, angler, conservationist.
Founding member of Montana Sportsmen Alliance. Founding
member of Conrad Sportsmen Alliance. Founding member of
Sun River Wildlife Team. On the board of directors of
the Montana Wildlife Federation. Chair of the Governor's
Private Land Public Wildlife council. Past Chair of the
Montana Upland Game Bird Council. Member of Public Land
and Water Access. Life member of the Montana Wild Sheep
Foundation. Member of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.
Member of a number of conservation and sportsmen groups.
Active in legislative on sportsmen and conservation issues.
John is a retired printing pressman and Navy veteran.
He lives in Great Falls with his wife, Julie. He is a
lifelong outdoorsman and activist in sportsmen’s
issues. Those include conservation, wildlife habitat,
access, legislative concerns, and youth recruitment, as
well as the protection and promotion of our valuable outdoor
John is an involved member of the
Russell Country Sportsmen’s Association, Montana
Wildlife Federation, Public Land Water Access Association,
and Montana Sportsmen’s Alliance of which John was
a founding member. He is also a member of the grassroots
Devils Kitchen Working Group and Sun River Wildlife Team.
I’m a 5th Generation Bitterroot Valley
resident my grandson Gannon is a 7th.
I’m a run a General Contracting business and have
now for 27 years. This year will be my 38th year in that
I was born into an outdoors family,
as hunting and fishing was a more than just recreation,
it was also sustenance. I have hunted for as long as I
can remember, whether I was packing my .22 Marlin, Mathews
Bow, or .280 Remington. I’m also an avid Trapper.
I joined Ravalli Country Fish and Wildlife Ass. in 1985
and have been an acting Director for the past 7 years.
Park City, MT. JW has been married for 27 years, he and
his wife have two children, a boy 19 years and a daughter
25 years. JW is an oil refinery operator in Billings,
MT. JW is very proud of his blue collar roots and middle
class Montana (America). While JW’s passions are
the outdoor heritage that so many Montanans enjoy and
labor issues. He and his wife are also active in local
issues pertaining to education, local food banks and literacy
awareness. JW is very concerned with what is happening
with the advancing push to commercialize and privatize
our precious public trust resources of fish, wildlife,
lands and waters and access to those. That push is intensified
by some publicly elected officials all out attempts to
allow those public trust resources to have only dollar
signs attached to them.
Present - Secretary of Public Land
and Water Access, Board member Montana Wildlife Federation,
Conservation committee chair at Laurel Rod & Gun Club
Past - Co-Director (1 of 3) Montana
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers; Participated in the Southwest
Montana Grizzly bear roundtable, early 2000's; Active
Participant in the past nine Legislative Sessions, always
there promoting/protecting the public trust resources,
was there in opposition of HB-42 in 2003 which took Montana
down the road to chasing objective numbers.
Active on many public trust issues,
conservation issues and environmental issues since 1978.
JW has a lot of gray hair and doesn't mind pulling whiskers
when necessary regarding out public trust resources, habitats
and public access to our public lands and waters.
Jeff Herbert received his B.S. and M.S. in Fish and Wildlife
Management from Montana State University. He then spent
nearly 34 years as a wildlife biologist with Montana Fish,
Wildlife and Parks. He was a Regional Wildlife Biologist
in Jordan and Townsend, the State Migratory Game Bird
Biologist, Chief of Research and Assistant Administrator
of the Wildlife Division during that period.
He had a consistent presence in migratory
bird and habitat management as a Pacific Flyway Technical
representative for Montana, as the Central Flyway Council
member, as a Consultant to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service Regulations Committee for the Central Flyway and
as a National Flyway Council Representative and Chairman.
He was involved in the delivery of Prairie Pothole Joint
Venture and State Waterfowl Stamp habitat conservation
efforts across the state. He assisted with delivery of
the nontoxic shotgun shooting skills program in cooperation
with Tom Roster and CONSEP. Terrestrial wildlife related
work included development of adaptive harvest management
strategies for mule deer, wildlife lead for the Crucial
Area Planning System, participant in sage grouse conservation
planning efforts, oversight of long-term research projects
including ungulates and large carnivores, development
of demographic attributes of Montana waterfowl and big
game hunters relative to recruitment and retention strategies,
and attending far more meetings than he would ever like
Through it all he maintained a passion
for wild things, wild places and the constituencies that
sought to maintain this effective model of conservation
in Montana. In retirement, he and his wife Janet Hess-Herbert,
spend considerable time in the outdoors hiking, biking,
hunting, angling, training dogs, gardening, traveling
to exotic places and spending more time with kids and
I have been actively involved with many sportsmen’s
groups since 1975. I am a life member of both the Montana
Bowhunters Association and the Traditional Bowhunters of
Montana. I have held office with in the MBA off and on for
the past 35 years, presently I am serving as the 2nd VP
of the Montana Bowhunters Association.
I am one of the founding members of Walleye’s Unlimited
of Montana and inducted into the Walleye Hall of Fame in
1993. My involvement with Walleye’s Unlimited was
during its formative years and while working full time and
raising a young family, I found time to travel across Montana
creating local chapters and watching WUM grow into one of
the largest sportsmen’s groups in the state. I am
still active with local projects.
I have also served on the FWP’s Citizens Advisory
Council for region 6 for the past 4 years, but I no longer
hold that position.
Having grown up in Valley County, I have family and friends
who are land-owners, over the years I have worked on several
of these farms and ranches and have a good grasp of their
concerns, and can see the world thru their eyes as well
as well as an active sportsmen.
I have been, or currently am a member of the Lewistown Bowhunters
Association, Missouri Breaks Archery Association, the Havre
Bearpaw Bowmen, as well as the Makoshika Bowmen out of Glendive.
As you can see Fish and Wildlife, along with their issues,
has been a part of my life for much of my adult life. It
has always been my true desire and belief that our fishing
and hunting heritage must continue on into the next millennium.
Montana is and has been a leader in its fish and wildlife
innovations and programs that rely on public involvement.
The Block Management program is a prime example and is the
envy of every other state in the union. It was Montana that
developed the catch and release format for walleye tournaments,
it has caught on and is being used all over the country.
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