Monday, March 18, 2019

Member Profile Josh Conner

HHA MEMBER JOSH CONNOR



Name:  Josh Conner

Occupation:  Stryker Orthopaedics

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

How did your passion for wildlife, wild places, and fair chase hunting and fishing blossom? When I was a kid my dad would put me on top of his backpack and bush whack his way into the wilderness.  He’d occasionally look back to see me covered in branches and pine needles smiling from ear to ear. I believe this paved the way for the adventurous spirit I possess today.

Favorite/most memorable hunting/fishing story?  When I was still in diapers my dad’s best friend owned a fishing pond in the Bitterroot Valley.  Some of my fondest memories are fishing that pond for the large rainbow trout that lived there. I can remember hooking a giant fish when I was knee high to a grasshopper, and holding that rod as tight as I could as the fish almost pulled me into the water.  My dad had to race out and save me.
Have you ever been lost?  It’s hard to get lost when I don’t care where I am.


Favorite River/Hunting snack?  Coors Light and Elk Jerky

Worst/Most miserable day of hunting or fishing?  Last year I was fishing for steelhead, and after many days of scouring the river for fish, I found them on the last day.  Conditions were perfect and the fish were biting. Unfortunately I was only able to make one cast and land one fish, which broke my rod into 5 pieces.  Of course it was my only rod, so I gave away the spot and watched some other fisherman get the job done. It was a painful learning experience.

What is the best hunting/fishing advice you have received?  Forget the forecast and go.

What hunting/fishing adventures are on your bucket list?  Kamchatka, Iceland, and Tierra del Fuego.

What is your advice for younger generations?  Don’t take hunting/fishing advice from your friends.  Instead, go look for yourself because you might find something they didn’t.





Monday, March 4, 2019

Member Profile Jake Henderson

HHA MEMBER JAKE HENDERSON


Name: Jacob Henderson

Occupation: Health Care Administrator

How long have you been a member of Hellgate Hunters and Anglers? 11 years

How did your passion for wildlife, wild places, and fair chase hunting and fishing blossom?
I grew up hunting and fishing but my passion really started when I moved to Montana and fell in love with being out in the mountains and spending time with friends in the field.

Favorite/most memorable hunting/fishing story?
One of my best memories is floating the Bitterroot with my wife and taking our lab out on his first canoe ride. As we floated down I hooked onto an 18-inch rainbow and in the chaos the dog went wild and jumped in the river after the fish. This resulted in my wife and I being thrown out of the canoe along with all our gear. Fortunately, we were in shallow water and I held onto the rod and was able to land the fish while also hanging onto the canoe. All was well, and we had a great laugh over it and it’s been a great story to tell ever since.
Have you ever been lost? Not since I started using onX.

Favorite River/Hunting snack? Jerky and dried mangos.

What is the story behind your first fly rod or gun?  Who gave it to you? My first real fly rod was given to me by a great friend and the guy who taught me how to fly fish. He was at a yard sale in Butte and found a Winston 5 weight and case for five dollars and gave it to me as a birthday present as he said he was tired of fishing with me and picking up the sorry excuse I had for a rod on the raft. It’s been a great rod.

What is the best hunting/fishing advice you have received? To keep the wind in my face!