Jim was born in 1935. After introducing himself to the joys of hunting, fishing and trapping he moved to Montana in 1953 pursuing fish and wildlife management studies. After graduation from Montana State University he spent 32 years with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, leading the agency’s ecological program for 15 years. In 1993 Jim founded Orion The Hunter’s Institute, a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation of ethical hunting and wild resources essential to that purpose. In association with that work Jim has published four books: Beyond Fair Chase; Inherit The Hunt;, Rifle in Hand - How Wild
was Saved; and his latest, Taking a Bullet for Conservation. Few in Montana have given more than Jim to preserve our way of life, our wildlife heritage, and our conservation ethic. We are proud and honored to have Jim as a major contributor to this blog. America
Land is a 5th generation Montanan who garnered his conservation ethic in duck blinds on warm water sloughs in the Bitterroot Valley, on the Bighole river chasing the Salmon fly hatch, and pursuing the wiley Wapiti in Cinnabar Basin. He is a founding board member of Hellgate Hunter and Anglers (HHA) and the current president. Land has been a public lands, and public lands hunter advocate since he graduated from the University of Montana in 2000. His career has taken him from the fields and forests of Montana to the White House and halls of Congress working on such issues as Mining Reform, instituting state level Sportsmen’s Caucuses, and in the Marshes of the Mississippi. When he’s not working, Land enjoys waterfowl hunting, big game hunting, and instilling the awe and majesty of Montana’s wild country in to his two young children.
Ben Lamb is a long time advocate for public lands and public lands hunters. He's worked in Wyoming and Montana for almost a decade. In that time, he's worked on issues as far ranging as local predatory animal control districts, Federal land conservation funding, and wolves. A Wyoming native, Ben has deep familial ties to Montana. His Maternal Grandfather was a circuit riding preacher in the 1930's, 40's and 50's in towns such as Winnett, Moore, Virginia City, Twin Bridges and Simms. His mother was a graduate of the Montana Bible College, and his two sisters were born in Glasgow, courtesy of the United States Air Force. Ben grew up hunting and fishing in the wilds of the Wind River Mountains, and while those tall peaks still hold a special place for him, Montana is truly his home.