Backcountry Rookies Founder


Chad Ryker

Backcountry Rookies Founder Chad Ryker is originally from Indiana.  The Military allowed Chad to travel all over the world but his past several years have been in the Southwest United States where he has been chasing mule deer, javalina, coyotes, wild hogs and whitetails.  Chad recently discovered the wonders of hunting in the mountains of the Western States and knew that is where he wanted to continue to hunt big game. Chad created the Backcountry Rookies Podcast to help educate hunters like him who wanted to experience the west but were not sure where to start.  He hopes the Podcast will encourage others to get out west to enjoy that vast country in search of big game.

Backcountry Rookies Team


Jordan Whitlow (Partner)

Backcountry Rookie Team Member Jordan Whitlow is originally from Lubbock, Texas where he grew up teaching himself how to hunt White Tails and Migratory Birds. Jordan now resides in Southwest Colorado where his passions are Mule Deer, Elk and anything putting him in the outdoors and in the mountains. While not new to the outdoors, he is a Rookie to Western Hunting and enjoys working /talking with others while figuring things out with experienced hunters and Rookies alike.


Jeremy Ansell

Backcountry Rookie Team Member Jeremy Ansell got started in backcountry hunting back in 2013, since then he has  been able to hunt in some of the most beautiful country of the Western United States.  Getting his start in Southern Colorado provided him with the opportunity to learn how to hunt in the thick dark timber as well as some open country.  Now he get the chance to hunt in Idaho where he can sit on a mountain top and glass all day for the game he is chasing.  Above all, his passion is to get out and help other hunters learn how to hunt and most important, enjoy the outdoors.


Gus Fletcher

Backcountry Rookie Team Member Gus Fletcher was born and raised in Hood River, Oregon: the heart of the Cascade Mountain Range. Growing up in the west, with epic hunting country right out his backdoor has given Gus the opportunity to chase elk, Blacktail deer, and bear his whole life. Although Gus is not new to the outdoors or western hunting, he still considers himself a Rookie and a student of the sport. Gus’s passion is archery elk hunting as well as sharing, teaching, and helping others with hunting and the outdoors in general. Gus now lives in Southwest Colorado where he continues to pursue elk, bear, and Mule deer with his bow.


Bear Taylor

Montana Representative Bear Taylor was born and raised on Utah's Wasatch Front. Bear grew up rifle hunting for Mule Deer, Elk, and Antelope with his family. Their hunts were mostly done from a road in the warmth of a truck. Bear moved to Southwest Montana in the Fall of 2015 and instantly knew he wanted to become a Backcountry archery hunter. As a 40 year old Rookie, Bear wants to show people that you are never too old to start a new adventure or to learn new things. 


Kyle Kehoe

Kyle moved to Montana in 2007 and have developed a love and appreciation of everything outdoors.  He is the first in my family to hunt. Learning everything hunting and really cutting my teeth in Montana has taught me a lot of do’s and don’ts.  Always striving for learning more about hunting and the quarry he hunts has him constantly educating himself as well as others.  His favorite hunt is Archery Elk in the high country of Montana when the bulls are bugling.  Only recently has he gotten the Mule deer bug.  He  has a keen interest in outdoors gear as well.  Finding out what works and what doesn’t is what he truly loves when preparing for a hunt. As a Backcountry Rookie, there is always something to learn from every experience, you only have to pay attention!


Ryan Lowry

Texas Representative Ryan Lowry was born and raised in Texas and has hunted Mule Deer, White Tail, Hogs, Turkey and Upland Game Birds all over the state. Ryan is a dedicated lifelong outdoorsman but is a true Backcountry Rookie with this year being his first Backcountry Western Big game hunt in Colorado. Ryan is out here to learn, share ideas and different prospectives with other Rookies looking to do their first Western Big Game hunt.