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Idaho Sportsmen is comprised of a fully volunteer board. Board members come from diverse backgrounds with expertise in natural resource management, wildlife and habitat policy, administration, and program management. Our Board serves with a shared vison to drive the organization forward and provide Access & Opportunity for all Idahoans now and in the future.

Carl Rey

Carl is the ultimate sportsman. As an avid fisherman and hunter his entire life, Carl has hunted and fished in over 39 countries worldwide since 1974. Carl’s adventures include extensive hunting and fishing in Alaska’s Backcountry, Canada, Mexico, Africa, the Former Soviet Union, Europe, Central and South America and of course Idaho.

Carl also gives back to his community and state. Before joining the Idaho Sportsmen board, Carl Co-Chaired the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Advisory Council for 16 years and oversaw the development and implementation of “Access Yes”, Idaho “Super Tag”, Landowner Appreciation Program (LAP) Tags and other programs.

In 2014, by appointment of then Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter, Carl served as the Citizen at Large member on the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board from 2014-2019 working with ISAD, USDA -APHIS, sportsman’s groups and Ag commodities groups, including the Idaho Cattle Association, to curtail the wolf management problem in Idaho.

Carl has extensive experience providing testimony to, and working with, both the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and state legislators on myriad of natural resource issues. His degrees and professional employment background in Natural Resources Management and Agribusiness are the perfect balance of stewardship, conservation, access and opportunity.

As a former USFWS Biologist and Refuge Manager and a successful rancher, Carl has developed a custom set of conservation based recreational ranches in Corvallis, Montana, Fairfield, Idaho and Weiser, Idaho over the last 30 plus years.

Currently, Carl is a rancher and wildlife management planning consultant. He also serves as President of his family real estate investment company JBC Investments and as Managing Member and Tax Matters Partner of a 2,100-acre ranching operation in Weiser, Idaho for Camas Prairie Associates, LLC.

Carl is a lifetime member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pheasants Forever and Safari Club International. Carl is a graduate of the Class of 2000 and Life Member of the Leadership Idaho Agriculture Foundation. In 2002 Carl became a member of Rancheros Visitadores. Carl has been married for 41 years to his wife Janine, they have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren.

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Carl is the ultimate sportsman. As an avid fisherman and hunter his entire life, Carl has hunted and fished in over 39 countries worldwide since 1974. Carl’s adventures include extensive hunting and fishing in Alaska’s Backcountry, Canada, Mexico, Africa, the Former Soviet Union, Europe, Central and South America and of course Idaho.

Carl also gives back to his community and state. Before joining the Idaho Sportsmen board, Carl Co-Chaired the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Advisory Council for 16 years and oversaw the development and implementation of “Access Yes”, Idaho “Super Tag”, Landowner Appreciation Program (LAP) Tags and other programs.

In 2014, by appointment of then Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter, Carl served as the Citizen at Large member on the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board from 2014-2019 working with ISAD, USDA -APHIS, sportsman’s groups and Ag commodities groups, including the Idaho Cattle Association, to curtail the wolf management problem in Idaho.

Carl has extensive experience providing testimony to, and working with, both the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and state legislators on myriad of natural resource issues. His degrees and professional employment background in Natural Resources Management and Agribusiness are the perfect balance of stewardship, conservation, access and opportunity.

As a former USFWS Biologist and Refuge Manager and a successful rancher, Carl has developed a custom set of conservation based recreational ranches in Corvallis, Montana, Fairfield, Idaho and Weiser, Idaho over the last 30 plus years.

Currently, Carl is a rancher and wildlife management planning consultant. He also serves as President of his family real estate investment company JBC Investments and as Managing Member and Tax Matters Partner of a 2,100-acre ranching operation in Weiser, Idaho for Camas Prairie Associates, LLC.

Carl is a lifetime member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pheasants Forever and Safari Club International. Carl is a graduate of the Class of 2000 and Life Member of the Leadership Idaho Agriculture Foundation. In 2002 Carl became a member of Rancheros Visitadores. Carl has been married for 41 years to his wife Janine, they have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren.

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Brad Compton

Bradley (Brad) grew up in northwestern Montana where he developed a passion for fish, wildlife, and associated recreation. By age 16, he knew he wanted a career as a professional wildlife biologist. Brad received 2 degrees from Montana State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Fish & Wildlife Management.  In 1996, Brad received certification as a Professional Wildlife Biologist from The Wildlife Society.

In 1987, Brad joined the Idaho Department of Fish and Game as a researcher working on the Lochsa Elk Project. Through the next 33 years, Brad enjoyed duty stations across the State including Kamiah, Lewiston, Bonners Ferry, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Boise, and Nampa. Brad’s positions have included Technician, Research Biologist, Regional Biologist, Regional Manager, State Game Manager, Assistant Chief of Wildlife, and most recently – Regional Supervisor for the Southwest Region.

Brad retired in August 2020 and looks forward to continuing to serve sportsmen and sportswomen through volunteer efforts.  In addition to serving on the Board of Idaho Sportsmen, Brad was selected by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission to serve as their representative on the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board.

Brad is married to a phenomenally special woman (Lynnea), and is blessed with 2 outstanding children (Dalton, Adam), both of whom are avid sportsmen. Brad’s passions include cooking, fishing, and hunting deer/elk/upland game.

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Bradley (Brad) grew up in northwestern Montana where he developed a passion for fish, wildlife, and associated recreation. By age 16, he knew he wanted a career as a professional wildlife biologist. Brad received 2 degrees from Montana State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Fish & Wildlife Management.  In 1996, Brad received certification as a Professional Wildlife Biologist from The Wildlife Society.

In 1987, Brad joined the Idaho Department of Fish and Game as a researcher working on the Lochsa Elk Project. Through the next 33 years, Brad enjoyed duty stations across the State including Kamiah, Lewiston, Bonners Ferry, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Boise, and Nampa. Brad’s positions have included Technician, Research Biologist, Regional Biologist, Regional Manager, State Game Manager, Assistant Chief of Wildlife, and most recently – Regional Supervisor for the Southwest Region.

Brad retired in August 2020 and looks forward to continuing to serve sportsmen and sportswomen through volunteer efforts.  In addition to serving on the Board of Idaho Sportsmen, Brad was selected by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission to serve as their representative on the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board.

Brad is married to a phenomenally special woman (Lynnea), and is blessed with 2 outstanding children (Dalton, Adam), both of whom are avid sportsmen. Brad’s passions include cooking, fishing, and hunting deer/elk/upland game.

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David Hensley

David Hensley is a proud Native Idahoan with a sincere appreciation for our state and individual communities. He is passionate about fishing and creating opportunities for Idahoans to fish, hunt, trap and recreate.

Hensley is currently the CEO of the Idaho REALTORS. Prior to this role, Hensley served in the Office of the Governor, where he has been the Chief of Staff for Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter since 2011. Before that, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel to Governor Otter. His political endeavors began with former Governor Dirk Kempthorne and Governor James E. Risch, serving as principal legal advisor and counsel.

Hensley has an extensive and reputable history in Idaho. He received his bachelor’s degree in Arts in Business Administration and Arts in History from the College of Idaho in 1998. He went on to pursue his Law Degree from the University of Idaho, graduating in 2002.

He has multiple professional achievements dating back to 2002 when he was admitted to Idaho State Bar, as well as admitted to the United States District Court – District of Idaho. In 2007 he was admitted to the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and in 2014 he was admitted to the United States Supreme Court. Idaho Business Review awarded him in 2010 for their Accomplished Under 40 Award. The Idaho State Journal listed Hensley in 2015 as one of the fifty most influential people in the state.

Hensley is married with two children who are also avid anglers.

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David Hensley is a proud Native Idahoan with a sincere appreciation for our state and individual communities. He is passionate about fishing and creating opportunities for Idahoans to fish, hunt, trap and recreate.

Hensley is currently the CEO of the Idaho REALTORS. Prior to this role, Hensley served in the Office of the Governor, where he has been the Chief of Staff for Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter since 2011. Before that, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel to Governor Otter. His political endeavors began with former Governor Dirk Kempthorne and Governor James E. Risch, serving as principal legal advisor and counsel.

Hensley has an extensive and reputable history in Idaho. He received his bachelor’s degree in Arts in Business Administration and Arts in History from the College of Idaho in 1998. He went on to pursue his Law Degree from the University of Idaho, graduating in 2002.

He has multiple professional achievements dating back to 2002 when he was admitted to Idaho State Bar, as well as admitted to the United States District Court – District of Idaho. In 2007 he was admitted to the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and in 2014 he was admitted to the United States Supreme Court. Idaho Business Review awarded him in 2010 for their Accomplished Under 40 Award. The Idaho State Journal listed Hensley in 2015 as one of the fifty most influential people in the state.

Hensley is married with two children who are also avid anglers.

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Ellary Tucker Williams

In her day job, Ellary works for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation as the Inter-Mountain Western States Coordinator. In her role, Ellary works closely with the state legislative and gubernatorial sportsmen’s caucus members, fish and wildlife agencies, as well as in-state partners and organizations in Arizona, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, and Utah to advance and protect hunting, fishing, trapping and recreational shooting.

Ellary earned her Master of Science degree from Auburn University, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, with a concentration in Natural Resources. During her master’s program, Ellary performed human dimensions research with hunters, farmers, and forestland owners regarding their perspectives towards wild pig conflict, impact, and management within Alabama.  Prior to graduate school, Ellary earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Hawaiʽi at Mānoa, where she performed research working with local non-commercial anglers and their perspectives towards a hypothetical non-commercial fishing license program within the state.

Upon completing her bachelor’s degree, Ellary continued to work on projects related to fisheries management in Hawaiʽi before attending graduate school. Ellary has participated in numerous fieldwork opportunities, including habitat restoration, invasive species removal, white-tailed deer capture, blue-winged teal banding, and wild pig trapping. As a strong advocate of outreach and education, Ellary has taken part in numerous outreach events, exposing people of all ages to the outdoors, hunting, fishing and natural resource management.

Born and raised in Washington State, Ellary grew up hunting primarily waterfowl and upland game birds. During the summer months, Ellary spent her time fishing and crabbing the coastal waters stretching from northern Washington to Southeast Alaska on her family’s boat. Ellary recently picked up big game hunting and is in the process of updating her father’s old hunting rifle, a Model 70 300 Win Mag, to continue its western hunting legacy.

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In her day job, Ellary works for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation as the Inter-Mountain Western States Coordinator. In her role, Ellary works closely with the state legislative and gubernatorial sportsmen’s caucus members, fish and wildlife agencies, as well as in-state partners and organizations in Arizona, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, and Utah to advance and protect hunting, fishing, trapping and recreational shooting.

Ellary earned her Master of Science degree from Auburn University, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, with a concentration in Natural Resources. During her master’s program, Ellary performed human dimensions research with hunters, farmers, and forestland owners regarding their perspectives towards wild pig conflict, impact, and management within Alabama.  Prior to graduate school, Ellary earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Hawaiʽi at Mānoa, where she performed research working with local non-commercial anglers and their perspectives towards a hypothetical non-commercial fishing license program within the state.

Upon completing her bachelor’s degree, Ellary continued to work on projects related to fisheries management in Hawaiʽi before attending graduate school. Ellary has participated in numerous fieldwork opportunities, including habitat restoration, invasive species removal, white-tailed deer capture, blue-winged teal banding, and wild pig trapping. As a strong advocate of outreach and education, Ellary has taken part in numerous outreach events, exposing people of all ages to the outdoors, hunting, fishing and natural resource management.

Born and raised in Washington State, Ellary grew up hunting primarily waterfowl and upland game birds. During the summer months, Ellary spent her time fishing and crabbing the coastal waters stretching from northern Washington to Southeast Alaska on her family’s boat. Ellary recently picked up big game hunting and is in the process of updating her father’s old hunting rifle, a Model 70 300 Win Mag, to continue its western hunting legacy.

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Bradley O. Melton

As a lifelong outdoorsman, Brad is passionate about fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreation. He believes that our fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreation resources are a vital component of our heritage. As such, Brad is committed to be a part of thoughtfully preserving and growing our access and opportunity to these resources now and for future generations.

Since 2005, Bradley has managed his Financial Advisor Practice for Edward Jones Investments in Lewiston, ID.  He is an energetic professional with excellent interpersonal skills and public speaking ability.  As a Financial Advisor, to teaching high school, to innovating at the university level, Brad is always helping the next generation.

Brad has an impressive education including an MS in Organizational Development from Central Washington University, a BA in Education, from Eastern Washington University, a BA in Business Administration from Washington State University, and an Associate of Arts from Yakima Valley Community College.

Brad is married to Dawn (28 years) and has two boys Drew and Beau.  Many of his best times are those when he is enjoying the outdoors with Dawn and the boys.

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As a lifelong outdoorsman, Brad is passionate about fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreation. He believes that our fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreation resources are a vital component of our heritage. As such, Brad is committed to be a part of thoughtfully preserving and growing our access and opportunity to these resources now and for future generations.

Since 2005, Bradley has managed his Financial Advisor Practice for Edward Jones Investments in Lewiston, ID.  He is an energetic professional with excellent interpersonal skills and public speaking ability.  As a Financial Advisor, to teaching high school, to innovating at the university level, Brad is always helping the next generation.

Brad has an impressive education including an MS in Organizational Development from Central Washington University, a BA in Education, from Eastern Washington University, a BA in Business Administration from Washington State University, and an Associate of Arts from Yakima Valley Community College.

Brad is married to Dawn (28 years) and has two boys Drew and Beau.  Many of his best times are those when he is enjoying the outdoors with Dawn and the boys.

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Benn Brocksome

Benn Brocksome founded Idaho Sportsmen as an Idaho-based organization, to connect the men, women, and youth of Idaho to the outdoors and each other. Idaho Sportsmen was created to be a conduit for access and opportunity for Idahoans who love the outdoors.

As a 4th Generation Idahoan, Benn was raised in the Treasure Valley, he graduated with honors from Boise State University in 2010 and began his professional career. He served under Former Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter as Special Assistant and Policy Advisor before entering the private sector and founding his firm Benn Brocksome & Associates.

Benn has spent his entire life exploring Idaho and learning how to responsibly camp, hunt, and fish. From trying to quietly follow in his father’s footsteps in Idaho’s back county as a young lad to working in the state Capitol to address issues and build consensus with sporting groups and policy makers, Benn is a sportsman.

When he is not hunting or fishing, Benn works full-time as an advocate providing consulting, strategic advising, government relations, public affairs, and lobbying services for a variety of companies, organizations, and associations. Benn has served in leadership roles for international corporations, on boards for local nonprofits, and in other political volunteer positions. In addition to recreating in Idaho’s backcountry, Benn also enjoys live music, rodeos, and traveling with his wife Laural.

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Benn Brocksome founded Idaho Sportsmen as an Idaho-based organization, to connect the men, women, and youth of Idaho to the outdoors and each other. Idaho Sportsmen was created to be a conduit for access and opportunity for Idahoans who love the outdoors.

As a 4th Generation Idahoan, Benn was raised in the Treasure Valley, he graduated with honors from Boise State University in 2010 and began his professional career. He served under Former Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter as Special Assistant and Policy Advisor before entering the private sector and founding his firm Benn Brocksome & Associates.

Benn has spent his entire life exploring Idaho and learning how to responsibly camp, hunt, and fish. From trying to quietly follow in his father’s footsteps in Idaho’s back county as a young lad to working in the state Capitol to address issues and build consensus with sporting groups and policy makers, Benn is a sportsman.

When he is not hunting or fishing, Benn works full-time as an advocate providing consulting, strategic advising, government relations, public affairs, and lobbying services for a variety of companies, organizations, and associations. Benn has served in leadership roles for international corporations, on boards for local nonprofits, and in other political volunteer positions. In addition to recreating in Idaho’s backcountry, Benn also enjoys live music, rodeos, and traveling with his wife Laural.

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