Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Member Profile: Alex Hughes

HHA Board Member Alex Hughes

Name: Alex Hughes

Occupation: Medical Device Sales

How long have you been a member of Hellgate Hunters and Anglers? 3 years

How did your passion for wildlife, wild places, and fair chase hunting and fishing blossom? Being outside and looking for wildlife was one of my favorite pastimes in childhood. Thanks to a few inspirational high school biology teachers, I carried this passion into college and studied Wildlife Biology. My time as an undergraduate was really when my obsession for wildlife took hold, thanks to a great education in the classroom, but also with a semester in east Africa studying wildlife, and an internship in Yosemite National Park. Wildlife remains a passion of mine today in the forms of hunting, bird watching, and wildlife photography.

Favorite/most memorable hunting/fishing story? My first bull elk taken with a bow! I was in the mountains with fellow HHA member Josh Conner, tracking some elk in the snow. I bumped a cow, quickly cow-called and nocked an arrow hoping she wouldn’t go far, and maybe I could get back on her. Well, the cow call happened to attract a young bull that was also in the area, and he made an appearance through the thick timber, allowing me an easy shot. I’ll never forget it!

Have you ever been lost? Yes! Also with Josh Conner, up the Blackfoot river drainage a few years ago. We were elk hunting in late November, and we split up. The area we were in is a giant redundant maze of rolling hills and meadows. I was supposed to walk a certain road back to a meeting place when shooting light was up. Well, it was my first time in this area, and I walked a road, but it was the wrong road. What was also fun was that this area is an absolute Grizzly pit, so this was no casual night walk. I quickly ran through my options, and given that there was no cell service, yelling came to mind as the next good idea. As dumb as it sounds, it worked! After a round of desperate shouting, I caught Josh’s voice on the wind. Thankfully we linked up and got out of there, as plan B was a very long, very unpleasant hike to a highway. Ay yi yi.

Favorite River/Hunting snack? Moose Bars from the Break!

What is the best hunting/fishing advice you have received? This may earn some disagreement, but when it comes to chasing elk, it’s to be aggressive, and don’t give up! Steep miles, early mornings. Keep after it, and it pays off. The success rate is low for a reason!

What hunting/fishing adventures are on your bucket list? Caribou in Alaska, and Coues Deer in Mexico (so I can pretend I’m a Cormac McCarthy character)

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