Founder | Editor In Chief
Darren Choate is the founder of Western Whitetail. Prior to his writing career, he served for four year in the USAF. He has been hunting and guiding other hunters in the West for over 30 years. Choate is a voting member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), and his articles have been featured in magazines such as Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, Quality Whitetails and Rocky Mountain Game & Fish.
Editor, Western Whitetail
Scott Haugen is a full-time author, producer, and speaker, with more than 40 years of hunting experience, over 1,500 magazine articles, a dozen books, and over 350 TV episodes to his credit. Haugen is a wealth of outdoor knowledge. Haugen has hunted numerous countries and across much of North America, but his deepest passion lies in hunting the American West.
Editor, Western Big Game
Mark is the whitetail columnist for North American Hunter, the backyard whitetail bowhunting columnist for Bowhunt America magazine and pens the Scouting Report for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Bugle magazine. His work has been published in nearly every major outdoor publication on the market today. Mark’s hunting has been featured on a variety of television outdoor shows.
Editor, Whitetail Territory
Dana was born and raised in central South Dakota on his family's 3rd generation farm and cattle ranch. He joined the United States Air Force right after high school, and served his country for 25+ years. Though he loves to hunt all western big game, whitetail have always been Dana's true passion. He's feel blessed to have chased them for over 30 years now, in several states and western Canada.
Managing Editor, Big Game
Thomas' outdoor obsession began as child whre he chased whitetail deer and small game throughout the coal infested hills of Pennsylvania. He completed a four year enlistment in the U.S. military as a police officer, followed by another six year enlistment in the intelligence field. He currently works as a North American hunting and fishing guide and is in pursuit of his own outfitting business.
Managing Editor, Whitetail
Samantha was born and raised in Middle Tennessee. Samantha grew up in the outdoors, camping and fishing with her mom, dad, and kid sister. Her heart lies either on the river or in the woods. Specifically, Samantha enjoys whitetail and squirrel hunting in the winter, and turkey hunting in the Spring. Married to her best friend, Bud, the two have a beautiful young daughter, Alyssa.
Colton is an avid outdoorsman, and has been following his father around in the woods since he was three. Colton took his first Coues whitetail buck on a youth hunt in Southern Arizona, and has since taken a 100-incher. He has also harvested a 358 gross bull elk with his bow. Currently, Colton is a seasonal USFS Wildland Firefighter, a guide in both Arizona and New Mexico, and an archery tech at Bull Basin Archery.
Zane Graham loves chasing Texas whitetails near his home in West Texas. He took his first deer at the age of nine, and has taken multiple bucks over 130, with both his rifle and bow since then. Graham is working on a criminology degree at the University of Texas/Permian Basin and hopes to one day become a game warden for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Chad de Alva
Chad grew up in Telluride, CO where he spent most of his time exploring the San Juan Mountains. Chad was officially introduced to hunting in the fall of 2012, and has now taken both a Coues whitetail and bull elk. Chad is an expert at flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, which adds a new dimension his ability to tell stories that inspire people through his photography and videography.
Paeton grew up in Phoenix Arizona in a family that loved the outdoors but never hunted. Paeton is currently a student at Northern Arizona University, studying mechanical engineering. Paeton is now a Prostaff shooter for Prime Archery/G5 Outdoors, BeeStinger stabilizers, and Ross Outdoors, as well as active president for the Northern Arizona University Archery Club and Team.
Shelton witnessed his first Whitetail harvest when he was five years old, just outside of Flagstaff Arizona. In the same town, Shelton grew up, attended high school, and completed his bachelor’s degree. He is most passionate about giving God all the Glory through his hunting and fishing adventures. Today Shelton lives in Fairbanks, Alaska and is excited for the new hunting experiences to come. But the Coues whitetail of his native state will always be his favorite species.
Kristin is a young adventurer who spends the majority of her professional career working outdoors. She is an outdoor educator and works as a tour, hiking, and backpacking guide in the Southwest region. Kristin is receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Management and loves sharing her knowledge and passion of the outdoors with all ages.
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