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  • Adam
    Adam Founder

    The backcountry is a place of enjoyment for this outdoorsman. Adam spent five years in the Marine Corps before heading for seasonal guiding positions in Alaska, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Arizona, Mexico, and now Wyoming. “Being where the mountains are big keeps the complaints small!”

  • Ezra
    Ezra Founder

    Ezra grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and joined the U.S. Navy shortly after completion of high school. After a five year enlistment in which he served aboard USS Tarawa (LHA-1), he found his way to Jackson Hole with his wife and two children in 2006. He has guided for elk and mule deer in the East Fork Bitteroot Range of Montana, The Sangre De Cristo’s in central Colorado, and can often be found at the nearest fishing hole in the summer and the skiing the backcountry or playing pickup hockey in the winter!

  • Amber
    Amber Founder

    Amber grew up in Southeast Arizona where she developed a lifelong love for the outdoors, wildlife, and travel.  She spent nine years serving in the United States Navy before starting BrushBuck Wildlife Tours with her brother, Adam, and her husband, Ezra.  She guided the 2006 and 2007 seasons and now manages the BrushBuck sales team.  Amber tries to spend every spare second with her two boys Jacob and Luke, and her husband, Ezra. She is an avid artisan who enjoys painting, inventing, and crafting.

  • SUE
    SUE OPERATIONS MANAGER

    Sue is “retired” and busier than she ever was during her career. When not running operations at BrushBuck Wildlife Tours, she is either out photographing wildlife or volunteering at Teton Raptor Center. Originally from the Chicago area, Sue imprinted on the Tetons as a 3 year old and finally moved to Jackson 6 years ago after spending 21 years in Alaska.

    Sue loves working for BrushBuck!!  “A great work ethic, hard work serving our customers, and great fun is what BrushBuck is all about!  It’s the perfect company for me.”

  • KURO
    KURO OFFICE STAFF

    Kuro, the office feline, is a local girl.  She enjoys resident bird life, resting for long periods of time between naps, and passing silent judgement upon her co-workers.

    Presently, Kuro is living out the first of her nine lives.  She plans to spend at least one of those future lives attempting a climb to the heights of Mt. Everest, starting from Kathmandu, but is still working hard at BrushBuck to save up enough money to make the trip to Nepal.  She manages to sleep through her entire workday, and still has not been fired.

    When asked what she loves most about working for BrushBuck Wildlife Tours, her answer was, “It’s easy to work here when you’re as beautiful as I am.”

  • CASSIE
    CASSIE OFFICE STAFF

    Cassie’s earliest childhood memories mostly include exploring the mountains in Colorado, so it’s no surprise that she continues to be drawn to beautiful places as an adult. She is currently living on the Idaho side of the Tetons with her husband and 3 boys while working on her degree to become a Physician Assistant. In the future, she hopes to combine her love of the outdoors with healthcare to specialize in rural and wilderness medicine.

    Cassie has been with BrushBuck since 2017 and enjoys helping guests plan unique and adventurous vacations to the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and Alaska.

  • MCKENZIE
    MCKENZIE OFFICE STAFF

    Before she could even walk, McKenzie had already been all through the Tetons in a backpack. She grew up on the Idaho side of the mountains, and graduated from Teton Science Schools where she gained an interest in ecology and the National Parks. She’s currently studying Nursing at Idaho State University, but when she isn’t in the classroom she’s planning her next camping trip or kayaking on String Lake.

    BrushBuck is the dream job for McKenzie; she loves helping Jackson visitors get to know the National Parks and her hometown.

  • PATTY
    PATTY OFFICE STAFF

    Patty took a college ski vacation to Colorado and never quite made it home to the Midwest again. She found that she loved the mountains, and enjoys skiing, hiking and camping. When a family member moved to Jackson, Patty and her family soon followed to experience life in the Tetons. On a nice summer day, you can find her kayaking the Teton River. Patty brings her hotel hospitality background to the table here at Brushbuck and you just might find her on the line when you call us!

  • FREDRICK
    FREDRICK OFFICE STAFF

    Fredrick the dog began his life in the wilds of urban Eastern Idaho.  Although he has short legs, he has been able to accomplish tall feats.  He successfully navigated the Teton River and has explored the wilderness of the Tetons and Big Hole Mountain Range countless times.  He has adventured to the rugged coastline of the western United States, and narrowly escaped the rip-tides of the Pacific Ocean shallows (due largely to his short stature).  Fredrick is the consummate outdoor “dog”.  He enjoys long walks and back-country hikes with his family, chasing cats, and protecting his flock of chickens.  He considers himself a “foodie”, preferring Mexican cuisine above all others.

    Fredrick enjoys working for BrushBuck because he can offer his insight into the animal kingdom.

  • KARA
    KARA OFFICE STAFF

    Kara was born and raised in Teton Valley, Idaho.

    She studied massage therapy and has her CNA/HCA license.  She is the proud mother of two young boys.

    Kara is finding a new love for wildlife and has enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the place she calls home by working for BrushBuck Wildlife Tours!

  • LURA
    LURA OFFICE STAFF

    Lura grew up in the Midwest camping with her family.  She lived in Washington DC for years before realizing that she wanted to get out of the rat race.  She moved to Denver for awhile but found that to still be too close to civilization for her liking.  She traveled for four years before settling down near the Tetons.  On her days off, Lura loves to ski, bike, and hike.

    Lura works for BrushBuck because she enjoys sharing her love of the outdoors and the area with everyone she can.

  • Mandelyn
    Mandelyn OFFICE STAFF

    Mandelyn moved to the stunning Teton Valley, ID at age 11. Once the initial culture shock settled, she grew to love life in the shadow of the Tetons. Growing up in the mountains has taught her so much about life and the beauty of the world around us. She is currently a third-year student at the University of Idaho studying Psychology and Spanish.

    She joined the BrushBuck team in the summer of 2019, and is in in love with sharing her gorgeous home with others!

     

  • “FRANKS”
    “FRANKS” OFFICE STAFF

    Frankie began her life in the desert landscape of Arizona.  She has traveled to many American regions.  One of the more interesting travel stories you may hear from Frankie is how she lost her eye whilst defending her honor and her country in a sword battle with a mongoose in Spain.  She was winning the battle until a swallow flew overhead and dropped a coconut on her eyeball.  She bravely declared, “It is merely a flesh wound!”  She cornered her weaselly foe and won the battle and lives to tell the story today.  She is not sure if it was an African swallow or a European swallow.

    Known by her friends as “Franks,” she enjoys winter sledding and fiercely protecting her human family from dangers such as moose and bears.

    Frankie loves working at BrushBuck because it helps her remember her glory days of exploring the world and keeping others safe in nature.

  • CLINT
    CLINT GUIDE

    Clint was born and raised in Texas where he developed a love for the outdoors at an early age. He worked as a hunting guide and outdoor summer camp counselor while attending Texas State University. Upon graduation, Clint became the lead guide of the outfit and camp director of the summer camp. In 2016 Clint married his high school sweetheart, Mackenzie, and relocated to his hometown where he taught U.S. history for a year. The itch to get back to educating people in an outdoor setting and their love for the mountains brought Clint and Mackenzie to work and play in Yellowstone country.

    Working for BushBuck is the perfect blend of the outdoors with education and has allowed Clint to pursue both passions.

  • DANIEL
    DANIEL GUIDE

    Daniel is originally from Colorado Springs and that is where he became hooked on the Mountains.  He has always loved the outdoors and it drove him to pursue a degree in Wildlife Biology and Management from the University of Wyoming.  After visiting Yellowstone and Grand Teton with his family, he knew that this is where he wanted to be.  Getting the opportunity to hike and explore Jackson Hole is a dream come true.

    Daniel is grateful for the opportunity to help people see wildlife while also being a member of the Idaho National Guard!

  • Haeli
    Haeli GUIDE

    Haeli originally hails from Georgia. She worked for several years as a librarian but feels that education, especially in the spectacular setting of Yellowstone, is a far better way to spend her days. She now works as a wildlife guide in the summer and spends her winters showing guests the splendor of Yellowstone from the back of a snowmobile. Summer or winter, there is no place on earth more inspiring and she loves proving that to the guests on her tours.

  • TUCKER
    TUCKER GUIDE

    Tucker is the quintessential “outdoor dog”.  Hailing from Idaho, Tucker enjoys the pursuit of both waterfowl and upland game birds, or any round spherical object.  He has never met a body of water he doesn’t enjoy.  His favorite cuisine is Barbie doll heads and horse manure, but he has been known to dine on the occasional steak (stolen off a nearby grill).  He considers himself a connoisseur of outdoor activities available in the Jackson Hole area, including snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, recreational swimming, river rafting, and fishing.

    Tucker is thankful for the opportunity to represent BrushBuck due to the attunement he feels when connecting humans to nature.

  • Neil
    Neil GUIDE

    Neil grew up in San Francisco, CA. His interest in the outdoors grew from surfing, rock climbing, and working on a search and rescue team. He found his home in the Rockies when he moved to Montana to obtain his wildlife biology degree. From polar bears and mountain lions to moose and mule deer, Neil worked on a variety of wildlife research projects before moving to Jackson. On the side he guided backpacking and rock climbing trips around the west and that’s where his passion for guiding began.

    BrushBuck offered the perfect combination for his passions of guiding and wildlife. He started working for BrushBuck in 2016 and has been with us for four years.

  • KEVIN
    KEVIN GUIDE

    Kevin’s roots go deep here.  His mother was an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, a group which has lived in these mountains for thousands of years.   His father’s family was among the first settlers in central Wyoming.  Kevin was able to spend his early years ranching, hiking, camping and exploring the Wind River Reservation, developing a life-long appreciation and respect for the land, its history, and its people.   Kevin completed his degree at the University of Wyoming and spent many years ranching in the Wind River valley.  Later,  he was an owner of the Elephant Head Lodge near Yellowstone’s east entrance.  He is a skilled craft artist, concentrating his work in authentic reproductions of beadwork and ancient tools.

    He enjoys sharing his lifetime of knowledge and experience in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem with Brushbuck’s guests.

  • JESS
    JESS GUIDE

    Jess graduated UMass Amherst with a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Natural Resource Conservation. Prior to her career in public education, Jess has completed research in animal behavior and conservation in East Africa and the United States. Jess is an avid hiker, climber and kayaker; and regularly camps in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

    She loves working for BrushBuck because every day is a new opportunity to astonish guests and to expand her love of nature to others!

  • Mike
    Mike GUIDE

    For 30 years Mike has lived, worked, played, and raised a family in the Northwest corner of Wyoming. His passion for the outdoors has taken him to many of it’s wild and remote regions. As a guide, Mike takes his job seriously and appreciates the opportunity to share his knowledge of this area and its history with travelers to this region. In his own words: “Having the chance to share and experience this area with visitors who don’t have the privilege to call it home, is what I love most about my work here at Brushbuck  Wildlife Tours.”

  • MARK
    MARK GUIDE

    Mark first visited Jackson Hole when he was 3 years old and returned several times with his family over the years. After finishing college in Ohio he moved to Wyoming in 1994 to pursue his love of the rivers, mountains, open spaces, and wilderness that he fell in love with as a child. He has worked as a river guide, nordic ski coach, fisheries technician, adaptive ski instructor, science teacher, and as a wilderness guide and counselor at a treatment center for troubled youth.

    Most recently and for the last 10 seasons Mark directed a children’s camp teaching place based education and introducing children to the incredible history, geology, ecology, and biology of the Jackson Hole Valley. He wishes to pass his knowledge of this amazing ecosystem on to others so they may appreciate Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks for the awe these parks have instilled upon him.

    When not guiding trips Mark most enjoys adventure, exploring, traveling, and spending time with his two daughters.

  • KENNY
    KENNY GUIDE

    Kenny is an outdoor enthusiast originally from Ohio. Working as a seasonal guide, Kenny has had a chance to work all over the country from Vermont to Alaska working as a climbing guide, ski instructor, glacier dog sled guide and more! He enjoys the chance to educate people and hopes to show people life changing experiences!

    He’s made Jackson his home for the past few years and loves every minute!

  • Sarah
    Sarah GUIDE

    Sarah is a retired teacher from Michigan who swears she is living the dream as Jackson is now called home. With a love for teaching, wildlife, nature, hiking,  and the history of the west she claims this is the perfect job.  Sarah especially enjoys guiding for BrushBuck when she sees the look of awe on the  face of a visitor as they experience Yellowstone, The Tetons or view a wild Grizzly for the first time.

  • Steve
    Steve GUIDE

    Steve joined Brushbuck in the winter of 2o17/2018, coming over from Kona, Hawaii. Previously, he has worked upon the oceans of the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Bering Sea for 40 years, and has been a boat captain for 36 of those. He has called the Rocky Mountains, and the Sierra range his home since 14 years of age. His hobbies are skiing, deep-sea diving, fishing, and hiking in the mountains.

    The absolute favorite part of his job here at Brushbuck is seeing the faces of our guests, as they experience the wildlife and our beautiful area for the first time. “It’s as if every day is a brand new IMAX of life! Every tour is it’s own new and unique adventure!”

  • JACE
    JACE GUIDE

    Jace is from Richfield, Utah where he learned and developed the love for wildlife and the outdoors.  Growing up in the heart of elk and other wildlife country he spent many days exploring the wildlife and learning their behaviors.  He is an experienced wildlife guide in Utah. Over many years he produced many record book and amazing wildlife experiences for his guests.   Jace is a Graduate from the University of Utah and Utah State with a degree in Wildlife Management and Ecology.  As well as a degree in Fishery Science.  He is working to obtain his lifetime goal of becoming a wildlife biologist in the Teton/Yellowstone area.

    Working here with Brushbuck Wildlife Tours, Jace notes that nothing beats seeing peoples faces and excitement when they see their first bear, wolf, elk or other wildlife and getting to share that experience with other people is truly rewarding.   When not working, Jace will be in the mountains with his family exploring and viewing wildlife.

  • Jaclyn
    Jaclyn GUIDE

    Jaclyn is a 6th generation Jackson Hole local; her family homesteaded the valley in the 1880’s. She studied environmental engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.

    Jaclyn likes the outdoors and enjoys her free time either hiking, horseback riding, and camping. Jaclyn also loves wildlife and has worked with Yellowstone’s Bear Management and the Wolf Project, and NJFWS Bear Management with population research.

    She loves to tell the people she takes out on tours about her family’s homesteading experience and her experiences with wildlife management, and to get them fall in love with the incredible wildlife and place that she calls home!

  • CHELSEA
    CHELSEA GUIDE

    Chelsea grew up in southeastern Georgia, where she worked as a guide in the Okefenokee Swamp and assisted on an American Alligator study, tagging and surveying alligators. She received her Bachelors in Biological Sciences with a Nature and Ecology focus and is now pursuing her masters in Wildlife Conservation through Miami University. Chelsea just recently returned from Borneo where she studied the area’s primate denizens, including the orangutan, and developed new ways to engage communities worldwide in primate conservation in Borneo.

    She has worked as a guide for BrushBuck for three seasons and loves educating guests about the wildlife and ecology of the parks.

  • CHANCE
    CHANCE GUIDE

    Chance has been guiding since the 1990s. His experience includes ownership of a Wilderness by Horseback company in northern Arizona, and a Jungle Trip by Horseback Dude Ranch in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. More recently, Chance guides desert jeep tours out of Scottsdale, AZ in the winter, and Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park wildlife tours for BrushBuck in the summer/fall seasons.

    Chance loves working for BrushBuck for their commitment to remain the best in the business.

  • GANNON
    GANNON GUIDE

    Growing up in central California, Gannon spent his summers camping and hiking in the Sierra Nevada. Then he visited Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons with his family and fell in love with the vast landscape and its wild creatures. His passion for stories of the wild and conservation inspired him to study history at the University of California, Berkeley. Gannon spends his free time photographing, hiking, hanging out with friends and family, and his favorite thing of all—simply being outdoors watching wildlife. Some of his past work experience includes education and naturalist work in Sequoia National Park. Gannon feels incredibly fortunate to work for BrushBuck because it allows him to share the wonders of the Greater Yellowstone region and its wildlife with others.

  • REBECCA
    REBECCA GUIDE

    Rebecca comes from Northern Minnesota, where she was raised to love and appreciate the outdoors. Her family brought her camping and fishing many times to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area while growing up.  She has worked for over 10 seasons guiding whitewater rafting, mountain biking and hiking tours in Denali, Alaska. Last summer, she worked as a Park Ranger for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Bayfield, Wisconsin.  While there, Rebecca guided interpretive tours of the fisheries and lighthouses.

    She is so happy to be back living in the mountains and loves showing and educating her guests on all there is to do and see in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.

  • McKenna
    McKenna

    McKenna grew up in Minnesota. Through family travels, she developed a love a fishing, hiking, and the outdoors. At home she trained horses and fished the boundary waters. Through the University of St. Thomas, she graduated with a degree in environmental science and bio-science. To use her degree and pursue the outdoors, she moved to Jackson, WY.

    This is her second year guiding for BrushBuck and she has plans to guide horseback rides and fishing trips in Montana and eventually Alaska.

  • FAITH
    FAITH GUIDE

    Faith is originally from Austin, Texas. She spent her childhood chasing lizards and enthralled with every bug she saw, terrifying her mother. Faith graduated from Sul Ross State University December of 2018, with her B.S. in Natural Resource Management with a concentration in conservation biology. Sul Ross provided many practical applications with wildlife such as: deer captures, bat surveys, prescribed burns and vegetation surveys.

     

    Faith enjoys guiding for BrushBuck, especially when she sees the delighted faces of guests when a moose emerges from the dense willows. “Being an interpretive guide is a passion, not a job.”

  • Blair
    Blair GUIDE

    Blair was born and raised in Texas where she grew up hunting and fishing with her dad and uncles. They instilled in her a deep passion for wildlife and conservation. She fell in love with traveling at an early age and has travelled to 12 different countries. Blair attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas where she obtained a degree in Wildlife Biology. Since graduating, she has worked with chimpanzees, studied coyotes, and helped recovered an endangered prairie dog species. The last two summers she guided wildlife tours in Alaska and is very happy to call Teton Valley her home this summer. Her free time is spent hiking and fishing with her friends and her dog, Kulu.

    Her favorite part about guiding for BrushBuck is seeing the look on people’s faces when they see a bear for the first time.

  • SETH
    SETH GUIDE

    Seth grew up in a log cabin in the rural woods of Northern Virginia. After his sophomore year of high school, he and his mom moved to a rural part of the Front Range in Loveland, Colorado where the foothills meet the Rockies. After high school, Seth attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. There he studied 2 years of psychology and sociology, and 2 years of geology. Since then, Seth has worked numerous seasonal jobs (always in the mountains) from building new ranger housing in Rocky Mountain National Park, conducting ATV tours outside Estes Park, Colorado, and working on Keystone Ski Resort, Colorado. Next to wildlife, Seth’s biggest passion is music. He has been playing guitar and writing music for 8 years. Wherever Seth has lived, he has always enjoyed camping, fishing, hiking, climbing, horseback riding, kayaking, and skiing.

    He is excited to share his enthusiasm for nature and to trade adventure stories with BrushBuck guests this summer. Seth loves working for BrushBuck because it gives him the opportunity to teach people all around the world, of all different ages, about the beautiful natural world we live in!