Tradition. Conservation. Family. The Outdoors. It matters to you. It matters to us. This is “Hunting Matters”, presented by the Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF). With HSCF Executive Director Joe Betar. Join Joe as he engages in conversations with guests, from various backgrounds, that have a passion for hunting and conservation. Great discussions, news, hunting legislation and more! Listen and discover. "Hunting Matters".
Kerrie Cox Romero
Kerrie Cox Romero is a proud born and raised New Mexican. With a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from New Mexico State University, she cut her teeth in the corporate world as a Credit Analyst for Farm Credit of New Mexico and later as a Senior Analyst with the Bank of Texas.
In 2013 she accepted an advocacy position in the outfitting industry as a lobbyist advocating hunting and fishing. She immediately fell in love with the industry. The 2023 legislative session will be Kerrie's 11th year advocating the rights of hunters and nonresident hunter opportunity.
She currently serves as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Council of Outfitters and Guides. She is also the Board Secretary for the Professional Outfitters and Guides of America. Kerrie enjoys all things outdoors including hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and she is an avid alpine skier. She lives in Stanley, New Mexico with her husband and 3 children.
Jamison Smith is the owner of the Gun Cleaners of Houston and serves on the HSCF Board of Directors as Secretary. He is also the HSCF Firearms Chairperson. He has been a passionate hunter and outdoorsman since his father first took him hunting when he was three years old on their south Texas deer lease. He has continued this legacy his whole life and continues to hunt with his father, as well as his children. Jamison has hunted all over Texas, the United States and several international locations. His travels have enriched his passion and understanding for conservation.
Jamison owns and operates The Gun Cleaners-Houston and is involved in many conservation groups, including Safari Club International, Ducks Unlimited, Back Country Hunters and Anglers, and The Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Fund, just to name a few.
Justin serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Texas Wildlife Association (TWA). Founded in 1985, TWA represents the interests of private landowners and hunters and provides conservation education to youth and adults around the state.
Justin is an avid hunter and angler who fell in love with the outdoors at an early age hunting the brush country of south Texas with his family. Before joining TWA, Justin spent seven years with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department where he served as the Private Lands and Public Hunting Program Director. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with a bachelors and master’s degree from Texas A&M University.
He and his wife Rachael live in Austin, TX with their daughters June and Jill.
Ted Koch is Executive Director of the North American Grouse Partnership. He received a B.S. in Biology from Southern Connecticut State University and an M.S. in Zoology from Idaho State University. He served as an endangered species biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for 30 years, working on all kinds of plants and animals, including sage grouse and lesser prairie-chickens. Ted resides in Garden Valley, ID.
North American Grouse Partnership is working with landowners to conserve southwestern Great Plains grasslands for lesser prairie-chickens and other species. Lesser prairie-chickens are about to be listed under the Endangered Species Act.
Dakotah Richardson is a sales professional who leads business development for the Beretta Gallery in Dallas, Texas. He is also a member of the Beretta Pro Staff. Dakotah is a former United States Olympic resident shotgun athlete, competing for Team USA Shooting, and a member of the 2013 World Cup Acapulco Team. He specializes in high value transactions and planning and executing hunting excursions for corporate leaders. He began his career with Beretta in 2015 and represents all 36 Beretta brands, with a focus on specialty sporting firearms.
Land Tawney is president/CEO of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, a North American membership-conservation organization based in Missoula, Montana. BHA is dedicated to serving as the voice for our wild public lands, waters and wildlife.
As BHA president/CEO since 2013, Tawney has overseen expansion of the organization from 1000 members and a handful of chapters to nearly 30,000 members and chapters that cover 48 states and Washington, D.C., two Canadian provinces, and one territory. Tawney works every day with a talented staff and 700-plus volunteer leaders to make sure all North Americans have access to public lands and wares and the fish and wildlife habitat when they get there.
Tawney was raised in Montana, where he hunted and fished from an early age. He earned a PHD in “Post Hole Digging” on the family spread and a bachelor's degree in wildlife biology from the University of Montana in 2000. His conservation career now spans two decades. Prior to working at Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Tawney worked for other conservation organizations including the National Wildlife Federation and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. He lives in Montana with his wife Glenna, two kids (Cidney-14) and (Colin-11) and five-year-old black lab Tule.
A solid listen in less than an hour with various guests discussing various topics about hunting-from gear to legislation.
A very informative and interesting podcast about hunting and conservation. Highly recommend.