2018 Special Guests

Governor Matt Mead
Wyoming Governor

  Matt Mead, Wyoming's 32nd Governor, took office in January 2011 and is serving his second term. He was born and raised in Jackson. After earning a law degree from the University of Wyoming, he served as a prosecutor, practiced in a private firm, and served as U.S. Attorney. He maintains a farm and ranch business with his wife Carol in southeast Wyoming.

Governor Mead has put in place a comprehensive state energy strategy and state water strategy for Wyoming. He has vigorously promoted carbon capture technologies. He moved the entire state to a 100 gigabit broadband network. His rules initiative has resulted in fewer regulations and improved public access to rules. His focus on increasing state competitiveness, for example, through technology, innovation and expansion of business opportunities in numerous economic sectors, has brought national recognition.

Governor Mead’s ENDOW initiative - a long-term planning effort for economic growth and diversification – received support in the 2018 legislative session through multiple bills and significant funding. Under this initiative, a 20-year economic diversification strategy for Wyoming will be issued in August.

Governor Mead is currently Chair, and has also served as Vice Chair, of the Natural Resources Committee of the National Governors Association. He serves as Co-chair of the State and Federal Sage Grouse Task Force. He is past Chairman (2015-16) of the Western Governors’ Association where his Chairman’s Initiative was Species Conservation and the Endangered Species Act. Matt and Carol have been married 26 years and have two young adult children.

Michael J. Sullivan
Former Governor of Wyoming

  Former Ambassador Michael Sullivan focuses his law practice in the areas of business counseling, public policy, litigation mediation, arbitration, and international business development with an emphasis on Ireland and Western Europe.

As an accomplished trial lawyer, Mr. Sullivan has practiced before Wyoming district courts, the Wyoming Supreme Court, Federal District Court, and the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Sullivan, who practices out of the firm's Casper and Denver offices, has a rich and varied background of public service. Mr. Sullivan was elected governor of Wyoming in 1986 and reelected in 1990 and recently served as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland under the Clinton and Bush administrations. In 1995, after completing his second term as governor, he held a fellowship at the Institute of Politics, the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Allan Treadwell
  Allen Treadwell grew up in the Missouri Ozarks and following in the footsteps of both his parents and grandparents, Allen literally cut his teeth on shotgun shells and trotlines. It soon became apparent he was something of a child shooting prodigy. As an early teen, Allen began competing, and winning, locally in shooting matches including archery, center-fire rifle, muzzleloader, and shotgun. He earned a spot on the All-American team in sporting clays, achieving master class level at 16 and was invited to try out for the Jr. Olympic Team. Allen's success in International Skeet is nothing short of phenomenal, as he became a 3-time National record holder, 3-time World Championship Team member, 10-time World Cup team member, and the 2004 Olympic Team alternate. This laid-back country boy literally shot his way around the world, having broken clays in China, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Finland, Croatia, Australia, Spain, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and hundreds of ranges in North America.

Bass Pro Shops had been a sponsor of Allen's competitive shooting tours and in 2003, Allen was invited to join the prestigious RedHead Pro Hunting Team. Since that time he has been a co-host of the 100% Real Hunting and Bass Pro Shops King of Bucks shows on The Outdoor Channel. For the past 3 years, he has co-hosted the Winchester Whitetail Revolution program on Versus and can be seen regularly on Hunters Specialties Primetime Bucks and their Cuttin' & Struttin' DVDs and the new Winchester Rack Masters on the Outdoor Channel.

It is no wonder that some of the top names in the outdoor industry have chosen Allen Treadwell to endorse and represent their products. His sponsors include; Bass Pro Shops, Winchester Ammunition, Hunters Specialties, Connecticut Valley Arms, Hi-Viz Sights, Outdoor Edge Knives, and Mossy Oak. Today, Allen continues to reside near his childhood home with his wife Lexa, where hunting and fishing are his chosen lifestyle.

Scott Talbot
Wyoming Game and Fish
  Scott Talbott was appointed as Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in 2011 and has served the wildlife and people of the State of Wyoming for over 30 years. Scott is a third generation Wyoming native. He grew up and worked on the family ranch outside of Laramie, Wyoming and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming.

In the spring of 1985, Scott began his career with the Department. He has worked in various capacities including elk feeder, game warden, wildlife investigator, regional wildlife supervisor and deputy chief of the wildlife division. Scott was awarded the Wyoming Game Warden’s Association Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 1990 and the Shikar-Safari Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for Wyoming in 1991. He received the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Director’s Award in 2008. He is a 2011 graduate of the National Conservation Leadership Institute and a 2014 Graduate of Leadership Wyoming. He served his term as President of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in 2016.

Joe Ford
  Joe Ford Jr grew up in Nemo, SD a tiny community in the Black Hills, SD. Graduated HS in Lead SD and received a bachelors degree in business from NAU in Rapid City. He grew up as a horseman and competed in rodeos from a very early age through college and 5 years in the PRCA as a bareback rider. After college he served 4 years in the army where he learned Russian and worked as an interpreter and intelligence analyst. As a sales professional at Northern Hills Homes & RVs in Whitewood, SD "The Cowboy Camper Guy" specializes in selling new and used campers and horse trailers.

He has two sons, Jackson and Kashton who go to school at Sturgis Middle School where they are active in football, wrestling and plan to rodeo. Together they operate Ford Boyz Horse Training, starting colts and tuning up horses and ponies for customers. The last few years they have hunted deer and antelope through the mentor program and go fishing as often as possible. Both Jackson and Kashton will be taking part in this years Old West Invitational Turkey Shoot.

Austin Jones

  Austin Jones is a twenty-one-year-old that was born with Muscular Dystrophy and has been on life support, as well as in a wheelchair since he was six years old. Austin feels his calling in life is to inspire other people.

Austin is a bow hunter and tournament archer. Last year, he hunted in seven states and shot 3D tournaments in five. He is chasing the North American Super Slam of big game animals. and this is his second year in a row chasing the Turkey Grand Slam in a single season. Austin hopes that this year he will do a little better. He is also a talented natural voice caller, make sure you ask him to hear some. In 2016, Austin was the International Bow Hunting Organization, World and National Champion in the physically challenged bow hunter class.

Austin is also a budding filmmaker and produces some pieces for outdoor television. He has been on Ted Nugent’s “Spirt of the Wild”, “Addiction Reloaded TV”, and is currently involved “The Den” on the Pursuit Channel.

Patrick A. Burns,
P.E. (BGen USAF Retired)

  Pat Burns was born and raised in Rock Springs, Wyoming, the son of Pat “P.H.” and Anne (Begovich) Burns. He attended St Cyril & Methodius Catholic School, Rock Springs High School, graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and earned an M.S in Systems Management from USC.

Pat was drafted in 1970 during the Vietnam War, and served four years enlisted duty with the U.S. Air Force Security Service prior to being commissioned at Officer Training School in Dec 1974. Pat had 21 assignments during his 35 years of military service. In Dec 1984, he served as an Aide to the First Family for Ronald Reagan’s 1985 Presidential Inauguration. In Aug 1990, he deployed to Saudi Arabia to bed down the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing in support of Operation Desert Shield. After the events of Sep 11, 2001, he led his Air Combat Command staff in planning, programming and executing $1.3B in beddown construction at 23 bases in 11 foreign countries in 16 weeks to support the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Pat is one of only a handful of military officers to have served in four wars.

Pat retired from the Air Force as a Brigadier General on Oct 1, 2005 as the Director of Installations, Headquarters Air Combat Command (ACC), Langley Air Force Base, VA responsible for over $2.4B in projects annually. He assumed that duty in Feb 2001, after having served in the same capacity for Pacific Air Forces Command (PACAF) in charge of engineering support for all Air Force bases in the Pacific from 1999 to 2001.

After retiring from the Air force, Pat joined Mortenson Construction in Oct 2005 as Vice President in their Federal Contracting Group in Washington, DC, developing design-build projects across the U.S. Pat grew their Federal design-build business from $90M in 2005, to over $1B when he retired in 2012. He co-authored the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) “Building Information Modeling (BIM)” Manual of Practice, and was a nationally known speaker on BIM and columnist for DBIA Magazine. Pat retired from Mortenson in Jan 2012, and now serves as a part-time private consultant in the design and construction industry.

Pat’s key awards include “Distinguished Graduate of Officer Training School” in 1974, “Distinguished Graduate of Squadron Officer School” in 1980; “Air Force Civil Engineering Military Manager of the Year” in 1983”; “Distinguished Graduate of Air Command & Staff College” in 1988; “Civil Engineering Senior Military Manager of the Year in USAF Europe” in 1989; “DoD Installation Excellence Individual Award” in 1990; “Air Combat Command Civil Engineer Newman Medal Winner” in 1997; “Fellow-Society of American Military Engineers” in 2000; and US Army Corps of Engineers “DeFleury Medal” in 2001. Buildings Magazine named his organization one of the “Top Twenty-Five Innovative Building Organizations in the U.S. for 2004”. Engineering News Record (ENR) Magazine named Pat one of the “Top 25 Engineer Newsmakers for 2005”. And, the University of Wyoming also recognized Pat with the College of Engineering “2005 Distinguished Alumni Award” that same year. Recently in 2017 he was inducted into the “Rock Springs WY High School Hall of Fame”.

Pat and his wife Diane (Deneley) reside in Cody, WY in the summer and Goodyear, AZ in the winter, enjoying gym workouts, golf, pickleball, fly fishing, and swimming pool time in retirement.

Brigadier General
Gentry W. Boswell

  Brig Gen Gentry Boswell is the Director of Operations and Communications, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, LA. The directorate provides policy, guidance, and advocates for resources for the command's nuclear and conventional forces. It is responsible for operations, training, exercises, testing, and evaluation of three Minuteman III ICBM wings, two B-52 wings, two B-1 wings, one B-2 bomb wing, and one UH-1N helicopter group.

Brig Gen Boswell received his commission in 1991 as a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Delta State University, MS. His assignments encompass operational tours in the B-1B, RC-135, and E-6B, as well as, joint operational and staff duty. He has served as an instructor and evaluator in all three weapons systems.

Brig Gen Boswell is a B-1 weapon systems officer with more than 4,800 hours in the B-1B, RC-135 and E-6B, including 500 hours of combat time in Southwest Asia, the Balkans and the Horn of Africa.

Trent Siegle
  Trent was born and raised in Council Grove, KS. His dad introduced him to hunting at a young age. Trent was raised working on the family farm, between school and sports. After college, Trent started filming his own hunts and farming more for wildlife, which later gained him a spot with Heartland Bowhunter.

Hunting is and always has been a huge part of Trent’s life. If you ask him, it's so much more than just the hunt; it's a year round lifestyle. His passion is making the land as good as it can be for the wildlife.

He has seen his life change greatly in the past couple years, in all the best ways. Trent is married and expecting a baby girl any day. He can't wait to introduce his daughter to the outdoors, and pass on the great tradition of hunting and land management.

Dave Gates

Dave was born in 1948, at Mitchell, South Dakota, and hunted and fished from the time he was 10 years old and his dad moved the family out into the country south of town. Dave spent (3) years in the U.S. Army, which included a tour in Vietnam running the casualty branch for the Americal Division (23rd Infantry), coming home to attend college at Dakota Wesleyan University for (1) year, before moving to Rapid City to live.

Dave started to think about starting an outdoor show in the summer of 2012 when he couldn't find a pheasant show to watch and that is when Dakota Sportsmen TV was born.

Dave is married to the love of his life Marian, and he was (2) sons named Paul, and Steve.


William Masters

William Masters III spent 10 Years in the US Army as part of the 160th SOAR (Special Operation Aviation Regiment) Army Airborne stationed at Fort Campbell. He was deployed out of the country for many missions during his service. While he was in the US Army he earned 2 Expeditionary medals 3 Joint Meritorious Unit awards, 5 ARCOMS, 3 Good Conduct, Special Ops Aviation, and jump school. He was also a FARP (Forward Arming & Refuel Point) team member, an enlisted trainer, the unit armorer, and squad leader. William also developed and trained personnel on the MH-60 DAP (Direct Armed Penetrator) and helped write the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for it. William was a part of many missions and operations that are still classified today. His key missions include Prime Chance, Just Cause, Mount Hope, and Gothic Serpent and his tours included 1988-89 Middle East /Persian Gulf and 1989-91 Central America.  He is service connected disabled at 50%. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves hunting, fishing and living life to the fullest.


Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson is a combat wounded Marine from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He served in the Marine Corps. from 2007-2011, where he was stationed in Hawaii and was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Zach is currently working on creating a not-for-profit organization called "Roger Up". It's is a group designed to help bridge the gap between active military and returning to a civilian life. Roger Up also strives to help combat the suicide rate amongst Veterans. In his spare time, Zach works at the American Legion bartending and is very involved with them. He enjoys spending time with his friends and family. Zach's wife is currently serving in the Marine Corps. The couple have been married for a year. Zach said that he didn't grow up in a hunting family, but has have grown to really love the outdoors so much more and that he pushes to help more Veterans to find peace of mind through hunting and fishing.