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Dave Beronio

Father, Hunter, Outdoorsman, Venturesome, Spirited

Nickname: Hollywood

Did you know..? I have a wedding business, and when I'm not guidingor hunting, I'm in a suit and tie performing weddings as the minister.

Favorite Backcountry Meal: Bacon, Peanut Butter, and Nutella in a tortilla.

Favorite Non-Essential Item you take into the Backcountry: Double Stuff Oreo Cookies. Is that essential?

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Chris Young

Christian, Avid Outdoorsman, Dedicated Hunter, Adrenaline Junkie

Nickname: PrimeTime

Did you know..? It is definitely not a good idea to use your bugle tube to rake a tree.

Favorite Backcountry Meal: Washington Apple Oatmeal from OffGrid Food Co.

Favorite Non-Essential Item you take into the Backcountry: A Stanley French Press. I love good coffee on the hill.

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Spencer Kirksey

Bowhunter, Adventurer, Teacher, Husband

Nickname: Spence or El Gallo

Did You Know...? Was a collegiate athlete, has a BS in Kinesiology and an MA in Leadership and Athletic Administration

Favorite Backcountry Meal: Mother-in-law's Bear Chili Mac.

Favorite Non-Essential Item you take into the Backcountry: A pillow

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Ben Clarke

Hunter, Father, Guide, Dedicated

Nickname: Cec (Cecil)- a school name I inherited that carries quite a story no fit for a bio

Did you know..? I am the director of Aussie Feral Game Hunters, a business that empowers the Australian hunting scene that connects and unites hunters from Australia and the world putting you in touch with your dream hunt down under!

Favorite Backcountry Meal: Barraba Brew. It is a fine mixture of anything you can find at camp after a taxing day in the hills. A mix of meat, vegetables, canned soups, nuts and gravy or whatever you can find brewed slowly over a campfire in a camp oven. Every time it's crafted, it boasts a unique new flavor depending on what you find but always hits the spot on a growling belly!

Favorite Non-Essential Item you take into the Backcountry: Phone. A necessary evil these days but all too convenient for documenting your hunt and sending hunt progress photos to my daughter.

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Brandon Waddell

Husband, father, small business co-owner. Wilderness Attitude podcast host. Wilderness enthusiast, Archer, Train To Hunt competitor. Lives in Colorado.

Nickname: Waddle, Duck Man

Did you know? I married my high school sweetheart. We share 9 kids. Found my way back to the outdoors after beating drug addiction and a string of bad choices.

Favorite back country meal: AlpineAire Honey lime chicken. AlpineAire classic guacamole

Favorite non-essential item: My Helinox chair, Chalula hot sauce packets and my Crocs

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Jeff Mikus

Husband, Father, Hunter, Fish Catcher, Advocate of Agriculture, Runner, Music Aficionado, Amateur,  Foodie, Texan, ASCENT TEAM ATHLETE

Nickname: NA

Did you know..? Officiates Collegiate Football, Ran the Olympic Torch in 1996.

Favorite Backcountry Meal: BACON! Fat and protein, what else do you need!?! And, there’s always some kind of candy in my pack!

Favorite Non-Essential Item you take into the Backcountry: Satellite Phone. Hearing my family’s voice always makes the day better.

Scott Blanton

Scott Blanton

Husband, Father, Firefighter, Outdoor Enthusiast, ASCENT TEAM ATHLETE

Nickname: Captain

Did you know…? Opening day 2016, my  two sons and I harvested 3 bucks in 3 minutes at “No Tell’m Creek”.

Favorite Backcountry Meal: Mountain House Beef Stroganoff

Favorite Non-Essential Item you take into the Backcountry: Fingernail clippers

Alex Blanton

Alex Blanton

College Student, Backpacking Enthusiast, Hunting Fanatic, ASCENT TEAM ATHLETE
Nickname: Ax

Did you know…? Lived in the bush in Africa for two months establishing safari camps at age 14

Favorite Backcountry Meal: Zac Griffith’s oats protein mix (protein powder, nuts, rolled oats)

Favorite Non-Essential Item you take into the Backcountry: Gum

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Tom Douthit

Husband, Father, Physician Assistant, Air National Guard, Outdoor Enthusiast, ASCENT TEAM ATHLETE

Nickname: TD

Did you know…? My passion for the outdoors is only surpassed by my passion to have my girls (age 10 & 12) fill their tags. Nothing is more rewarding. They have harvested 4 bucks and an elk and I look forward to may more successful hunts with them.

Favorite Backcountry Meal: Mountain House Lasagna

Favorite Non-Essential Item you take into the Backcountry: Book

Nathan Dinardi

Nathan DeNardi

Husband, Father, Taxidermist, archer, with an uncontrollable passion for everything outdoors, ASCENT TEAM ATHLETE

Nickname: Tater, Doinker, Rambo

Did you know…? The average person gives up at 40% of their true potential

Favorite Backcountry Meal: Mountain House Sausage and Egg Breakfast Burritos. Bring tortillas. They are not included!

Favorite Non-Essential Item you take into the Backcountry: Pink lemonade water flavoring

Steve Eccard

Steve Eccard

Taxidermist, father, avid hunter and hiker, ASCENT TEAM ATHLETE

Nickname: Birdman or Capt. Redbeard

Did you know…? I've been fond of wildlife from a young age and have spent lots of time studying and trying to understand what and why animals are doing what they do.

Favorite Backcountry Meal: Tuna fish and Gatorade

Favorite Non-Essential Item you take into the Backcountry: camera