Founder of Human Nature Hunting and lead instructor, Bruce McGlenn, has over 30 years of bird and big game hunting experience in the Pacific Northwest. He was introduced to the ways of hunting from atop his father's shoulders at age three during bird hunting trips in eastern Washington. Primarily a deer and elk hunter, he also hunts antelope and caribou as well as waterfowl, upland birds, and turkey.
A third generation hunter/gatherer of the Northwest, Bruce has been teaching introductory hunting and shooting classes with the non-profit Washington Outdoor Women since 2001 and has been a fly fishing and a whitewater rafting guide. He is a certified Master Hunter and shooting instructor, holds a Master’s degree in sustainable business and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Washington.
Bruce is a committed steward of the land and wildlife, primarily due to his understanding and appreciation of our ecosystem from engaging in it as a participant - a hunter. He views his role as a healer as much as a guide and instructor.
A lifelong hunter born and raised in Montana, John has taught shooting and hunting skills with Washington Outdoor Women for the last 15 years, as well as his sons and daughter how to hunt and fish. He has served on numerous committees and boards of conservation-based NGOs and is a founding board member and past president of The Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition and the current president of the Washington Wildlife Federation. John served two six year terms on the Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission (receiving the NWF Conservationist of the Year award during that time).
He is a certified Master Hunter, a consulting engineer, and a Distinguished Marksman and Expert in rifle and pistol for the Navy. John learned to hunt from his father in the Flathead Valley.
Taus Schumacher, Head Chef
Cultivating a passion for foraging and cooking over campfires and wood stoves in his early years at his family cottage in Sweden, Taus created a life around food and spent over 20 years in the Danish restaurant industry as a chef. Since learning to hunt in Sweden and Denmark in 2014, he has expanded his food awareness into the forests and mountains, cooking with wild meats and utilizing everything possible from the animal. A lifelong fisherman, he has enjoyed fly fishing for salmon and steelhead in Norway, which has also helped shaped his relationship to food.
Having diverged from the conventional restaurant business, he is drawn more towards the wild nature of food for its health, nutrition, and taste. Hunting and gathering lends to his appreciation of where our food comes from and how it’s handled and respected. Our guests claim his meals are better than available in most restaurants. We agree.
Kelly White, Hunting Guide
Kelly was born and raised in Kettle Falls and has been hunting here and in neighboring states for more than 50 years. He has archery hunted for more than 40 years with his longbow and recurve, and has been guiding for 20 years.
Having successfully hunted moose, elk, mule deer and whitetail deer, bear, and turkey, by way of archery, muzzle loader, and modern firearm, Kelly primarily hunts with his re-curve bow. He served on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission for over 10 years, has been active with the Kettle Falls Gun Club, formed a local archery club, and was on the board of directors for Washington State Bowhunters.
With his family, Kelly runs the Mingo Mountain Retreat, established in 2010 as a way to share their historic home with others so they might enjoy the property, hiking and hunting just as their family has done for generations. It's a popular destination for spring turkey hunters and late summer/fall deer hunters, with year-round hiking.
Kelly is a longtime family friend and helped Bruce with his first deer in the early '90's.
J.D. MARSHALL, Archer
J.D. grew up in a bowhunting family in Oregon. One of his earliest memories from around the age of 3 or 4 is clinging to his great aunt Gladys’ leg while a cow elk thundered towards them, certain to run them over in an attempt to elude the rest of their family nearby. Mostly a deer and elk hunter, he has always used traditional bowhunting equipment: longbows and recurves and wood arrows homemade from local materials. Since that first encounter he has been within yards of deer, elk, bear, bobcat, moose, and countless other non-game animals that seemed unaware or accepting of his presence. J.D. has taken away more memories from hunting trips than he has animals. For him that is bowhunting.
Rick & Kriss Douglass, Biologists
Rick and Kriss are both life-long outdoor enthusiasts with a passion for the natural world. Rick, a retired biology professor at Montana Tech, has spent many years studying hantavirus and associated deer mice. Kriss, a retired biologist for the state of Montana, spent a good portion of her career at FIsh, Wildlife & Parks, where she was one of the first and few women to work at hunting check stations. They are long-time hunters and enjoy eating their locally hunted deer, elk, and antelope throughout the year.
Todd Baarstad, WDFW
As a Private Lands Biologist in Northeast Washington, Todd manages private lands hunting access and wildlife habitat development projects in district 1, and Lincoln County in district 2. Graduating from the University of Idaho in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology, he worked for the US Forest Service for 3 seasons. He joined the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at the Wells Wildlife Area in 1994 before moving to the Sunnyside Wildlife Area in 1996 where he was hired as the assistant manager at Scotch Creek Wildlife Area in Region 2 in 1997. Todd moved to his current position in 2002 and lives on the Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area. Todd and his wife, Jeanne have raised three children and are now helping teach their four grandchildren to hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors.
Kyle Chamberlain, Forager
Kyle has worked as a survival skills instructor, conservation educator, wilderness therapy counselor, trail crew leader, freelance writer, and as a botany technician for the Colville National Forest. His Human Habitat Project, based in Kettle Falls, Washington, pioneers in feral food forestry and integrating ancestral skills with modern life. Kyle has taught for Rabbitstick, Saskatoon Circle, Between the Rivers, the National Park Service, and various museums and private groups. His writings have appeared in Permaculture Activist and The Permaculture Research Institute blog. He co-hosts the annual North Columbia Knap In.
Kyle began foraging and trekking in his teen years, guided by the writings of Larry Olsen and Tom Elpel, and inspired by the stark sagebrush deserts of Eastern Washington. He lived by foraging, alone, for as long as a month at a time. Kyle still wants to be a hunter/gatherer when he grows up. He is presently fascinated with the co-evolution of food plants and humans, critiques of civilization in classical philosophy, and tertiary paleontology.
Kyle lives on 20 acres outside of Kettle Falls and is in the process of restoring this land by creating a food forest which will include hundreds of tree and shrub species while providing food with little or no inputs.
Jessie Allen, Hunting Guide, Yoga Instructor
Jessie is the manager of the Allen’s Diamond 4 Ranch in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. Off the grid at 9,200 feet, the Diamond 4 Ranch is Wyoming’s highest elevation guest ranch. Jessie’s parents started the business in 1973, and now she is taking it over. Jessie and her staff guide folks on horseback to fly fish, backpack, rock climb, practice yoga and hunt big game animals. In the fall, Jessie guides wilderness elk, mule deer and pronghorn hunts, both rifle and archery. In 2014, she trained at Vikasa Yoga in Koh Samui, Thailand to become a certified yoga teacher. Now she leads mountain yoga pack trips each summer. Her ‘Women’s Wellness Pack Trip’ was recently mentioned in the New York Times “Top 52 Places to Visit in 2019.” In Jessie’s off-season from the ranch, she leads 30-day wilderness backpacking courses as an instructor for NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). Jessie served as Miss Wyoming 2014. Along with competing for the title of Miss America, she traveled throughout Wyoming to speak on her platform “Explore Nature’s Playground,” encouraging an active outdoor lifestyle for youth. Because Jessie spends six months of each year in the mountains with no electricity, cell service or wifi, her aim is to help folks embrace simplicity and find ease in the screen-free, untethered life. Jessie’s greatest joy is helping others find clarity, connection and true fulfillment in nature.
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