2012 Special Guests

Brandon James Bailey
Brandon Bailey Artwork


Brandon James Bailey was born on September 19, 1984 in Cheyenne Wyoming. Wildlife art has always come naturally to Brandon, as he has been fascinated by both art and the outdoors for as long as he can remember. He began taking art classes in junior high and it was there that he sold his first drawing for twenty dollars. During his teens, the Game and Fish Department of Wyoming gave Brandon his first commission.

Brandon's most recent achievements include being invited to participate in the the Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show and Sale in Cheyenne, Wyoming. This would be the 3rd year now (since 2010) and having a sold out show for both years. Brandon's artwork titled "Sweethearts of the Rodeo" was chosen for the 2012 Cheyenne Frontier Days Poster and was also picked as the People's Choice Award. He was named 2012 Featured Artist for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, NV coming up in Dec. 2012. Brandon was also juried into the Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale in Prescott, Arizona and The Mountain Oyster Club Art Show and Sale in Tucson, Arizona. His work was one of a select few featured non-hunt items at the 2012 Safari Club in Las Vegas. He was also named the North American Moose Foundation's premier artist for 2010. Brandon currently exhibits his work at Galleries West in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Mountain Trails Gallery in Cody, Wyoming and Sedona, Arizona and Deselms Fine Art in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

SSG Joeseph Fowler (retired)


Joe joined the Army in 1997, at 18 years old, in order to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a military police officer. He served as a patrol military policeman until 2002 when heI was accepted into the Military Working Dog Canine program. He was able to then combine my love of animals with police work and served as working dog handler until my injury in 2005.

In June 2005, Joe was deployed to Iraq with my K-9 partner Dak. Dak was an explosives/apprehension trained 7 year old Belgian Treveren. They began serving the area searching for weapons caches and assisting infantry members with raids and searching for insurgents. In December 2005, Dak and Joe were part of a three Humvee convoy travelling to assist with the second elections in Baghdad. They were only minutes outside the gate when their Humvee was struck by a hidden anti-tank mine. Joe was immediately blown from the vehicle, on fire, approximately 60-80 feet through the air and landed, in oncoming traffic lanes. He quickly tried to extinguish the flames and assess his injuries. Unfortunately, his partner Dak and another soldier were killed in the blast. Joe was quickly rushed back to the base medical clinic and from there was airlifted to Balad, Iraq and then onto Landstuhl, Germany. After emergency surgery to try to save my limbs, he was flown to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

In Texas, it was officially determined that he had sustained third degree burns to 54% of his body as well as a fractured ankle, fractured wrist, dislocated elbow and mild brain injury. He began the long process of recovery starting with many surgeries. He was in intensive care for five weeks and then in the step down unit for another three months. He was released from the hospital in April 2006, but continued to have surgeries approximately once per month until his medical retirement in October 2007. From the day of my release until the day he left Texas, he required extensive physical therapy which he attended 5 days a week for two to three hours in order to get the limited motion he currently has. To date, he has had 20 surgeries. He struggles daily with the limited use of his hands - because of the burns and the methods required saving them, he cannot bend his fingers or move any of them independently. He is unable to properly regulate his body temperature because of the extensive skin grafts he had to have. He is always looking for new ways to adapt to his new body but still enjoys the tasks he has always loved such as hunting, fishing and mountain biking.

Scott Talbot
Wyoming Game and Fish


Scott was appointed by Governor Matt Mead as the Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Scott began his career with the Department in 1985, became a Game Warden in 1989 and in 2003 promoted to Assistant Chief of the Wildlife Division. Scott hunts and fishes with his two sons, Payden and Luke, enjoys training horses, backpacking in the remote mountains of Wyoming and remains actively involved in the family's ranching operation near Laramie.

Jace Cussins


Jace Cussins is a student at Central High School in Cheyenne, and the Wyoming Hunting and Fishing Expo’s Youth Hunter Stewardship Award winner in 2010. Jace grew up in a family of hunters and anglers. He learned the ropes from his father and grandfather, who drilled ethical hunting action into him since his first trip into the field, Jace also volunteers in many community and school organizations including a member of the Future Farmers of America, Boy Scout Troop 216, National Junior Honor Society, the Honor Roll, and the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.

Governor Matt Mead
Wyoming Governer


Matt Mead was sworn in as Wyoming's 32nd governor on January 3, 2011. Born in Jackson, Wyoming, Governor Mead was raised on the family ranch in Teton County. He has a BA degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and a law degree from the University of Wyoming. After law school, the Governor served as a county and federal prosecutor, practiced in a private firm in Cheyenne with now Attorney General Greg Phillips, and served as United States Attorney for Wyoming from October 2001 to June 2007. After he stepped down as U. S. Attorney, Matt and his wife Carol, the First Lady, returned fulltime to operating their farming and ranching business in southeast Wyoming.

Since taking office, Governor Mead has continued to travel to communities around the state to hear from residents in the places where they live and work. He maintains an open door policy in his office at the Capitol Building.

Representing the interests of the state, the Governor also serves in regional and national leadership roles. He serves on the Council of Governors, a group of 10 governors chosen by the President to advise top federal officials on matters related to the National Guard and civil support missions. In the National Governors Association, he serves as co‐chair of the Special Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety and is a member of the Natural Resources Committee. He is co‐chair of the State and Federal Sage Grouse Task Force, which brings together federal officials and representatives of 11 western states for a regional conservation effort.

Matt and Carol have been married 20 years, with Cheyenne as their home. They have two children, Mary and Pete, who attend Cheyenne public schools.

Colton Jensen


Colton Jensen is an avid angler and is the Wyoming Hunting and Fishing Expo’s Youth Fishing Skills and Stewardship Award in 2010. Colton volunteers a lot of time and energy to the Upper Bear River Trout Unlimited Chapter in Evanston. Colt assists at the annual Kids Fishing Day, chapter fundraisers and conservation banquets, monthly chapter meetings, river and pond clean ups, fishing outings and various duties when the local TU Chapter hosted the Fall 2010 Wyoming Council of Trout Unlimited meetings. After graduating from Evanston High School, he plans to go to college in the hopes of becoming a biologist or game warden for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Lance Parrish
Professional Baseball Player


Lance is a former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, California Angels, Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Toronto Blue Jays. He was regarded as one of the best catchers in the 1980s, for both his offensive and defensive play.

Jon Koncak
Professional Basketball Player


Jon Koncak, a 7'0" center from Southern Methodist University was selected i the NBA Draft in 1985 by the Atlanta Hawks. He played 10 seasons with the Hawks and concluded his career with the Orlando Magic. He retired in 1996 with career totals of 3,520 points and 3856 rebounds.

Rob Keck
Red Head Pro Staff


Keck began his career as a high school art teacher and became a volunteer with the fledgling NWTF back in the mid 1970s. He joined the organization as an employee in 1978 and quickly rose to the ranks of CEO, a position he held for 30 years. Under his leadership, the NWTF grew to more than 550,000 members and stands among the most viably robust and visible conservation organizations in the outdoor world. Keck has been name One of hunting’s 25 Most Influential Personalities of the 20th Century by Peterson’s Hunting Magazine. In July, 2009 he joined Bass pro Staff on The RedHead Pro Team, a group of world-class hunters with over 3 centuries of combined field expertise.

Marty Fischer
TNT Outdoor Explosion


Marty Fischer is one of America's best known outdoorsmen. He is a Host and Executive Producer of the TNT Outdoor Explosion television series seen three times each week on the Pursuit Channel. He is a professional hunter, an outdoor writer and public speaker, a NSCA Level III Shooting instructor and one of America's leading gun club designers.

He is the author of two books, "Limbhangers and 4-Letter Words," which is about turkey hunting and "The Gun Digest Book of Shotgunning," which is all about wingshooting. In addition to his books, he writes for or has written for a number of well known outdoor publications, such as Turkey Country, Sporting Clays Magazine, Shooting Sportsman, Sporting Classics, Grey's Sporting Journal, Sports Afield and many, many more.

He is an avid turkey hunter, having harvested multiple Grand Slams over the years. He also has a passion for waterfowl hunting, and is a four time finalist in the World Duck Calling Championship in Stuttgart, Arkansas.

Brian Scott
K2 Radio


Brian Scott is a Wyoming guy. He moved with his family in 1970 to a ranch outside of Medicine Bow then off to Saratoga and landing in Casper in the mid 70's. Elementary school, junior high and high school as well as some time at Casper College, molded the man you know today. After getting started in radio at KTRS in the early 80's Brian had a chance to go to work for CBS records in Chicago. Stints with Polygram And Geffen followed before family and the call of Casper brought him home. Brian took over the K2 Radio morning show almost 20 years ago and remains one of the top rated morning shows in the state. Brian has also had some fun getting close to the music with his midday show on MyCountry 95.5. In the year 2000 Brian was awarded the prestigious Marconi Award for Personality of the Year. Brian has been married almost 25 years, has 3 boys and 3 granddaughters that are the apples of his eye.

Dave Freudenthal
Former Wyoming Governor


Dave graduated in 1973 from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, with a bachelor's degree in economics. After graduating he joined the Department of Economic Planning and Development as an economist and later became the state planning director for Governor Ed Herschler. Freudenthal entered the University of Wyoming College of Law, receiving his law degree in 1980, and went into private practice. In 1994, he was appointed U.S. Attorney upon the recommendation of then-Governor Mike Sullivan and left the post of U.S. Attorney in May 2001. Dave became the 31st Governor of the State of Wyoming in January 2003 serving two terms, until January 2011.

Chad Bedell
Professional Steer Wrestler


Chad Bedell was born in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. His family ranched in the Elk River valley raising cattle, horses and sheep. They wintered the livestock in Vernal, Utah where Chad attended school participating in FFA, Wrestling and Rodeo. Chad graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Economics.

Chad competed for 12 years in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in steer wrestling culminating in three trips to the National Finals Rodeo in 1994, 1995, 1996 and won the world championship in Steer Wrestling in 1996.

Chad and his wife Jennifer are avid hunters and have enjoyed hunting in many locations including Alaska and Namibia.

Miles Moretti
CEO, Mule Deer Foundation


Miles Moretti became President/CEO of the Mule Deer Foundation in October 2006. MDF’s president serves as chief executive officer and is charged with implementing policies and programs of the Foundation for the benefit of mule deer and black-tailed deer. Since, Miles has been in the position of President/CEO, MDF has become one of the fastest growing wildlife conservation groups in the United States.

Previously, Miles worked 30 years for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in various positions. When he retired, Miles was the Deputy Director and had served as Acting Director of the agency.

Miles has extensive experience in working with a diverse array of conservation groups, sportsman and private landowners on many difficult wildlife issues.

Miles has served on several national committees and is currently a board member on the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance and Intermountain West Joint Venture. Miles has also served as a member of the Pacific Flyway Council and served as chair. Miles has served as a member and chair of the Colorado Fish & Wildlife Council. Miles served on the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Federal Budget & Legislative committee as its Vice-Chair for several years.

Miles is a Life Member of the Mule Deer Foundation and a Life Member of NRA, a member of the Wildlife Society, a professional member of the Boone & Crockett Club and a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Miles grew up in Southwest Wyoming and developed a passion for hunting, fishing and wildlife at an early age. This passion for wildlife lead Miles to a career in Wildlife Management.

Miles has a B.S. in Wildlife Management from Utah State University and an M.S. in Range/Wildlife Resources from Brigham Young University. Miles and his wife, Julie, have two daughters and reside in North Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mike Sullivan
Former Wyoming Governor


Gov. Sullivan, who practices out of the Rothberger, Johnson and Lyon firm's Casper and Denver offices, has a rich and varied background of public service. A former two-term governor of Wyoming, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland under the Clinton and Bush administrations. He facilitated U.S. support for and implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. Gov. Sullivan was elected governor of Wyoming in 1986 and reelected in 1990. In 1996, after completing his second term as governor, he held a fellowship at the Institute of Politics, the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Haley Heath
Family Traditions


This All-American girl-next-door is also a fifth-generation avid outdoorsman with a passion for the pursuit of wild game. Her love of hunting was honed at her father’s knee as he patiently introduced her to the outdoors. Her first claim to fame was when, at the age of 6, she shot her first deer, a basket-rack, seven-pointer that still hangs proudly on her wall today. Since those early days, the size of her trophies has increased along with her fame. What began in 2006 with Haley’s participation in a ‘Survivor-like’ competition on the ESPN television show, “ESPN’s Ultimate Outdoorsmen Search,” evolved into the popular television show, Family Traditions with Haley Heath. In 2008, she was the first woman to receive the “Viewer Favorite Personality” Sportsman Award. In 2009, she was appointed as the Ambassador for The Sportsman Channel’s organization, Hunt. Fish. Feed., that works to feed needy families. In 2009, Haley was highlighted in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and ABC Nightly World News. Today, Haley is the host of Family Traditions with Haley Heath and earns the respect of hunting enthusiasts around the world.

Keely Newkirkis
NWTF Scholarship Recipient


Keely Newkirkis the Wyoming Chapter of the NWTF Scholarship recipient and grew up in the small mountain town of Meeteetse, Wyoming. The youngest of four, with three older brothers, Keely comes from a family of avid outdoorsmen. Keely is a senior and will be attending Northwest Community College in the fall. Keely is very involved within her school and community. She is currently the Student Council President and is an active participant in FFA, M-Club, and National Honor Society. Keely was chosen as Wyoming 1A Northwest Basketball Player of the Year, and is an all-state volleyball and basketball player. When not at school competitions or sports events, she spends her time hunting, fishing, or just hiking in the mountains.

Lt. General John Sattler, Ret.


Lieutenant General Sattler received his commission in June 1971, following graduation from the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. In February 1972, after completing The Basic School, he was transferred to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines in Okinawa where he served as a Rifle Platoon Commander.

Returning to the United States in 1973, he was assigned to the Reserve Division at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps where he served until his reassignment to Amphibious Warfare School as a student in 1976. Graduating with honors in 1977, he was assigned to The Basic School where he served as a Tactics Instructor, Staff Platoon Commander (SPC), and an Infantry Officer Course Instructor. Following his tour at Quantico, Lieutenant General Sattler returned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines on Okinawa for duty as Battalion Operations Officer. Upon return to the United States in 1981, he served as Infantry Weapons Procurement Officer at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps until 1985. He graduated with honors from Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1986, and reported to 2d Marine Division for his third tour with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, this time as the Executive Officer.

In 1988, Lieutenant General Sattler was assigned as Commander, Ground Combat Element for Special Purpose MAGTF 4-88. After serving as J-3, Ground Officer for Joint Operation Solid Shield, he spent one year at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps before being assigned to the Industrial College of Armed Forces (ICAF) at the National Defense University, Washington, D.C. He graduated with distinction in June 1991 and reported for duty as Congressional Liaison Officer to the U.S. House of Representatives. He detached from this assignment in August 1995, and took command of 2nd Marine Regiment on August 12, 1995. He was promoted to Brigadier General at his change of command on May 29, 1997 and assumed his duties as Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Marine Division that same day.

In September 1998 he reported to the Joint Staff and assumed duties as the Deputy Director for Operations (Combating Terrorism) J-34. In July of 2000 he transferred to Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps to assume the duties as the Director, Public Affairs Division. In July of 2001 he assumed duties as the Commanding General of 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, NC. In November 2002, he assumed duties as Commander, Combined Joint Task Force -- Horn of Africa. In August of 2003, he assumed duties as Director of Operations, U.S. Central Command. Lieutenant General Sattler was promoted to his current rank and assumed command of I Marine Expeditionary Force on 12 September 2004. On 3 August 2005 he also assumed the duties as Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command. He turned over his command in August 2006 and reported to the Joint Staff on 1 September 2006 as the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, The Joint Staff.

SFC, Paul J. Maas

SFC Maas was born in Los Angeles, CA on 6 October 1977. He moved to Bakersfield, CA in 1981 and graduated from Highland High School in 1995. He entered in the Army on 9 September 1995, and then attended Advanced Individual Training at FT. Knox, KY. Upon graduation he was awarded the Military Occupation Specialist of 19D, Cavalry Scout. SFC Maas has served in HHT 2/68 Armor and HHT 1/35 Armor Baumholder, Germany (1996-1998), HHT 2/68 Armor, Bosnia (1996), HHT 2/11 ACR, FT. Irwin, CA (1998-2000), K Troop 2/3 ACR, FT. Polk, LA (2000-2003), K Troop 2/3 ACR, Baghdad, Iraq (2003), K Troop 3/3 ACR, FT. Carson, CO (2003-2005), K Troop 3/3 ACR, Haditha, Iraq (2003-2004) and K Troop 3/3 ACR, Baghdad, Iraq (2005), MED Hold DET and Warrior Transition Unit, FT. Carson, CO (2005-2007) and Mission Support Element G3/5/7, FT. Carson, CO (2007-present).

SFC Maas has held the positions of Scout driver, gunner and dismounted scout. During combat operations he served in positions of: HMMWV Commander, Cavalry Fighting Vehicle Commander, Section Sergeant, Senior Scout and Platoon Sergeant. Currently he is now the NCOIC of Long Range Planning for Mission Support Element G3/5/7 at FT. Carson, CO.

SFC Maas attended professional development training for: Field Sanitation course, Combat Life Saver course, Warrior Leader’s course (made Commandant’s List), Senior Leader’s course (made Commandant’s List and earned the Draper Leadership Award), Advanced Leader’s course, Scout Platoon Leader’s course, Army Basic Instructor course, Small Group Instructor course and Master Resilience Trainer course.

SFC Maas has received the following awards: NATO service medal, United Nations service medal, Over Seas service ribbon with a number 1, Army Service ribbon, NCO Professional Development ribbon with a number 3, Armed Forces Service medal, Global War on Terrorism Service medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medal, Iraqi campaign medal with (1) bronze star, Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, National Defense Service medal with (1) bronze star, Army Good Conduct medal with (4) bronze knots, Army Achievement medal with (4) bronze oak leaf clusters, Army Accommodation medal with (1) silver oak leaf cluster and “V” device, Purple Heart medal, Combat Action badge, the driver’s badge for wheeled and tracked vehicles and the Army Superior Unit award.

On 19 February 2004 while engaging the enemy in Haditha, Iraq SFC Maas was shot in the head by an enemy sniper. He was serving as a Section Sergeant and Cavalry Fighting Vehicle Commander with K Troop 3/3 ACR. The bullet entered behind his left ear and traveled straight through his face and exited out between his right eye ball and eye lid. SFC Maas suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, numerous facial nerves damaged, right eye permanently dilated and weakness in his left eye to the point a weight was put in his eye lid to prevent the eyeball from drying out. SFC Maas had a blood clot travel from his leg to his lung while being transported to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. His left inner ear was destroyed initiating his having to learn to walk again. He has limited balance and is deaf in his left ear. SFC Maas was an inpatient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for two and a half months where he under went over 10 surgeries to fix the nerves in his face, repair his right eye socket, and ensure he didn’t have any more blood clots. He went through a rigorous physical therapy program, learning to walk and balance better without an inner ear. Upon completing his treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center he rejoined his unit at FT. Carson, CO. He continued physical therapy and cognitive rehab in order to rejoin his platoon for the next deployment. SFC Maas completed his recovery in October 2004 and returned to his platoon. His unit deployed to Iraq in March of 2005 where he accompanied them as a Cavalry Fighting Vehicle Commander and Senior Scout for his platoon. Later in the deployment he was promoted to Platoon Sergeant. In August 2005 he was diagnosed with PTDS and redeployed early back to FT. Carson where he started a medical board process. In September of 2007 his medical board was completed and he was offered retirement. SFC Maas turned down retirement and was granted a Continuation of Active Duty in order to continue his career in the Army. Although, unable to serve at as a Calvary Scout, he has continued to uphold the Army’s highest standards by, training and mentoring leaders, peers and Soldiers.