I graduated from High School in 1965 and continued my education at Southern Technical Institute graduating from their Architectural/Structural program in 1967. Enlisted in the US Army National Guard in 1967 and was trained as a Crew Chief/ Door Gunner on a UH-1 (Huey) helicopter. I received my Honorable discharge in 1972.
Grew up in Georgia among parents that hunted and fished which gave me my passion for hunting and the great outdoors. I have leased or owned properties since 1980 managing these properties for wildlife. Presently we own and manage some 600 acres in North Central Ky. known as Licking River Outfitters. LRO is an 501(3)(c) corp taking Combat Wounded Veterans and Kids on hunting adventures with no charge to them. My experience as a guide reaches from Elk, Mule Deer, and Antelope in the West to Whitetail, Eastern Turkey, and Elk in the Southeast. In my personal hunting experience I have taken most N. American big game species except the Sheep and Grizzly bear.
Retired now after 23 years of owning an electrical contracting business in Ga. I now spend all my time as CEO of Licking River Outfitters here in Ky. It is my hope that we make some difference in our Warriors and Kids lives and help in their education and recovery in the outdoors.
James is the owner of James G. Ingram, CPA an accounting firm with an emphasis on individual and small business taxes. He has served on the boards of several local non-profits. Cynthiana Country Club, Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, Cynthiana Rotary Club and others. James has an excellent understanding of the IRS regulations concerning non-profits as he has been preparing Form 990 Returns for over twenty years. James graduated from the University of Kentucky in December 1984 with a BS in Accounting. He resides in Cynthiana with his wife, Juanita, and their two dogs, Millie and Cocoa.
Dr. Jonathan Gassett is the Southeastern Regional Field Representative with the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI), where he assists state and federal fish and wildlife agencies and other partners in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale conservation initiatives and programs. He also serves as the national liaison between state and federal fish and wildlife agencies and the sporting manufacturing industries that provide conservation funding through the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program.
Gassett comes to WMI recently from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR), where he served as Commissioner for the past 8 years. As Commissioner, he provided general supervision and control of all activities, functions, appointments, and employees of the KDFWR. Primary responsibilities include general oversight of all agency divisions (Wildlife, Fisheries, Law Enforcement, Information & Education, Engineering, Public Affairs, and Administrative Services) including, but not limited to, strategic planning, personnel management, program oversight, budget development and tracking, and statutory, regulatory, and policy development. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Dr. Gassett served as Wildlife Division Director and Big Game Coordinator with the KDFWR.
Gassett also owns and operates a private consulting business, Southern Wildlife Resources, LLC, which provides wildlife management expertise to private, corporate, and governmental partners. Gassett served as President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, as well as President of the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. He has chaired numerous committees in all three Associations.
Gassett also served on the North American Wetlands Conservation Council and the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (both by appointment of the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar), and he has served on the Board of Directors of the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Conservation Leadership Institute and the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative. Gassett is a graduate of the inaugural class of the National Conservation Leadership Institute and holds a Ph.D. and M.S in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia and a B.S. in Biology from Kennesaw State University.
Curtis TaylorCurtis I. Taylor is a native of West Virginia having grown up in the southern coalfields. Mr. Taylor received a B.S. from West Virginia University and a M.S. from the University of Tennessee. He began his career with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources in 1979. He rose steadily through the ranks until, in 2001, he was named chief of the agency’s Wildlife Resources Section, the position he currently holds.
Prior to being named Chief, Mr. Taylor served as the Federal Aid Coordinator. He served as co-project leader on the Wild Turkey Population Dynamics Study and has worked on various turkey research projects and other fish and wildlife management programs during his 34 years with the agency.
He directed the first radio telemetry study of ocellated turkeys in Guatemala for Wildlife Conservation International and Hornocker Wildlife Institute.
Mr. Taylor has served on the National Wild Turkey Federation Technical Committee since 1985. He received the highly coveted Henry S. Mosby Award from the National Wild Turkey Federation in February 2005.
He serves on the Steering Committee for the West Virginia University Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.
Mr. Taylor has served as Treasurer and President of the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and is currently on their Executive Committee. He is on the Executive Committee of the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. He is a past Treasurer of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Vice President and President of the organization. He is Chair of the Trust Funds Committee, Awards Committee and Co-Chair of the International Relations Committee. In this role he represented the United States at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Qatar in 2010 and in 2013 in Bangkok Thailand. He also serves on the Executive Committee for Council to Advance Hunting & Shooting Sports and serves on the Joint Task Force for Federal Aid.
Carol Bambery is the chair of the NRA National Firearms Law Seminar’s planning committee and its moderator. She is a NRA Board member and serves on several board committees including Bylaws (Chair), Women’s Policies (Vice-Chair), and NRA’s Legal Affairs and Hearings committees. She also serves on the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund (Trustee, Vice-Chair). She successfully argued Michigan’s first challenges to its Firearm Preemption and Sport Shooting Range Protection Acts. She authored Michigan Firearm Laws, a common sense guide to owning a firearm in Michigan. She has served as General Counsel to the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) for the past 10+ years. AFWA is the professional association for all 50 of the state fish and wildlife agencies. She is board counsel to a 33-member board of directors for the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports, a nonprofit organization of CEO/Presidents for the major hunting and recreational shooting industry as well as counsel to the International Hunter Education Association and the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners Foundation (also Vice-Chair). She was counsel for Michigan United Conservation Clubs, representing 470+ conservation and gun clubs for 10+ years and former Chief of Legal Services and Legislative Director to Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Ms. Bambery is a law professor at Michigan State University Law College where she teaches wildlife law related courses. She is co-founder and vice-president of Great Lakes Outdoor Foundation and a member of Safari Club International and the Boone and Crockett Club.