Darren Choate
CEO | Publisher | Editorial Director

Darren is the Founder of Western&Whitetail. Prior to his career in the outdoors, Darren served as an Airman in the US Air Force. As a freelancer, his articles have been published online and featured in magazines such as Western Whitetail, Western Hunter, Quality Whitetails, Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, Fur-Fish-Game, and Rocky Mountain Game & Fish Magazine. Additionally, Darren spent time as the Editor In Chief of Whitetail Journal, Bowhunting World, Predator Xtreme, Archery Business and Hunting Retailer magazines with Grand View Outdoors. He is a voting member and supporter of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA). Although he lives in elk and Coues country, Darren enjoys hunting across the country and writing about his experiences. 

Zach Bowhay
Western Content Manager

Zach has taken multiple big game species across the Rocky Mountain states. He is highly regarded in the Western hunting community as an exceptional elk caller and as an expert in DIY elk hunting on public lands. Additionally, Zach has successfully taken many deer across the West. He is also a well-published writer, writing for several print and web titles.

Josh Honeycutt
Whitetail Content Manager

Josh Honeycutt is an avid deer hunter. He's hunted whitetails from South Carolina to South Dakota but spends most of his time hunting in Kentucky. Honeycutt has written and created other forms of media for more than 60 media companies in the outdoor industry, including: North American Whitetail, Whitetail Journal, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Deer & Deer Hunting, Rack Magazine, Inside Archery, Game & Fish, Fur-Fish-Game, and others. He's also very active in digital content, specializing in writing, editing, photography, videography, podcasting, and more. You can see how his deer season unfolds each year on Midwest Whitetail and Chasing November.

Wes White
Gear/News Editor

Wes White represents the collective voice of the Western Whitetail editorial staff.

Bob Robb

Bob Robb has been a full-time outdoor writer since 1978, and a contributor to, and the editor of, several prominent hunting magazines down thru the years. He also lived 15 years in Alaska, where he held an assistant hunting guide license. The best part of his job, he says, is it allows him to be in the woods between 120-140 days a year; what could be better than that?

Darron McDougal

Darron McDougal is a full-time freelance outdoor writer and editor from Antigo, Wisc. He's hunted in 12 states and successfully taken elk, bear, hogs, turkeys, pronghorn, whitetails and mule deer, most with archery equipment on DIY hunts. McDougal and his wife, Rebecca, enjoy all things hunting, shooting and outdoors. They believe in God and love to travel.

Josh Kirchner

Josh Kirchner is a passionate bowhunter that has been hunting with his family since he was a small boy. He eats, sleeps and breathes the hunting lifestyle. When he is not chasing elk, deer, bear and javelina through the diverse Arizona terrain, he enjoys spending time with his wife, baby, two herding dogs, and mischievous cat.

Scott Haugen

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.

Mark Kayser

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.

Patrick Meitin

Early on Patrick Meitin knew hunting would dictate his life path. He began hunting obsessively while in middle school, eventually guiding/outfitting in New Mexico’s Gila region 23 years and selling his first magazine article in 1987. He attended Lubbock’s Texas Tech University, earning degrees in journalism and range and wildlife management, aggressively pursuing an outdoor writing career after graduation. He lives in northern Idaho with his wife Gwyn and two hunting Labradors.

Colton Choate

Colton is a USFS Wildland Firefighter and an avid outdoorsman. In his spare time, he is a hunting guide in Arizona and New Mexico. His hunting career began when he was three, hunting with his father on every opportunity. Colton took his first Coues whitetail buck on a youth hunt in Southern Arizona and has since taken a 100-incher. Additionally, he has also harvested a 358 gross scoring bull elk with his bow. 

Thomas Grill

Thomas Grill is a professional hunting and fishing guide. He has attended multiple hunting schools throughout the United States and South Africa. Thomas obtains an extensive hunting background ranging from upland birds to African dangerous game.


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