Darren Choate
Founder | CEO | 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 Editor | Hunt DIY

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.

Wes White
Gear/News Editor

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

Bob Robb
Editor Emeritus

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?

Patrick Meitin
Editor Emeritus

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.

Scott Haugen
Editor Emeritus

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
Editor Emeritus

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.


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Tyler Henderson

Tyler Henderson is a lifelong Idaho resident. When not spending time with his wife and three kids, he can usually be found in the mountains scouting or hunting elk, or shooting his bow. Henderson is a highly successful archery elk hunter. He is an expert at elk behavior and how to exploit it to his advantage, especially when it comes to ambushing them at their water sources. His knowledge provides invaluable research to HuntDIY and its followers.

Dustin Hollowell

Dustin is a displaced Texan living and working in rural eastern Oregon. A wildlife biologist by trade and hunter by blood, he's spent most of his life pursuing wild things in wild places. Each fall he spends countless days exploring western public lands and remote backcountry, chasing anything he is lucky enough to draw a tag for. The rest of the year, he spends researching and planning where he’ll spend the next fall. "The only thing I enjoy more than challenging myself on the mountain is being a husband, dad, and helping other hunters get it done!" -Dustin Hollowell

Josh Volinkaty

Josh Volinkaty is a resident of Western Montana where he resides with his wife and three kids. He loves the pursuit of elk the most, with mule deer being a close second. Although he cut his teeth hunting the thick and steep slopes of Western Montana, he’s learning to hunt new areas and use different tactics. Josh enjoys the pursuit of elk with rifle, bow, and muzzleloader and loves the challenge of hunting public land. Josh thoroughly enjoys the friendships he’s gained and the places he’s seen from the pursuit of Western big game.

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