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Who's Who in Washington State Hunting and Hunting Related Topics

Washington State has its own share of famous and influential people who have contributed either locally or nationally to all things hunting.  Here is a list of notable people who have called Washington State home.  Feel free to submit your own nomination for notable Washingtonians. Submit information (tips, area suggestions, etc)

  • Patrick McManus – Patrick F. McManus (born August 25, 1933) is an American outdoor humor writer. A humor columnist for Outdoor Life and other magazines, his columns have been collected in several books, beginning with A Fine and Pleasant Misery (1978) up through The Bear in the Attic (2002).  Now lives in Spokane, WA

  • William O Douglas – (October 16, 1898 – January 19, 1980) was a United States Supreme Court Associate Justice. With a term lasting 36 years and 209 days, he is the longest-serving justice in the history of the Supreme Court.  The William O. Douglas Wilderness, which adjoins Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state, is named in his honor, as Douglas had both an intimate connection to that area and a deep commitment to environmental protection

  • David Gutterson – Author “East of the Mountains” Excellent book revolving around an old physician and EWA upland bird hunting.  Also wrote “Snow falling on Cedars”

  • Glenn St.Charles – Similar to the famed Boone and Crockett Club, the Pope and Young Club was founded by Glenn St. Charles to establish a guideline of strong hunting ethics, fair chase hunting, and to educate all hunters on wildlife conservation.

  • Jeffrey P. Koenings, Director of WDFW (1999-2008) Director, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, appointed by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. (1,700 staff; $282 million biennial budget)

  • Chuck Jones – Creator of  Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck

  • Klineburger brothers -- Gene (b. 1920), Bert (b. 1926), and Chris (b. 1927) -- bought the Jonas Brothers taxidermy studio in Seattle and by the early 1960s turned it into one of the largest taxidermist studios in the world. But their business was much more than taxidermy. The brothers went on to establish their own fur manufacturing company, and introduced fur parkas to the world. In 1962 they established Klineburger Brothers Worldwide Travel, and through it booked hunting trips worldwide.

  • Alan Liere - Feature writer for Waterfowl magazine's column "Letters From Loon Lake."  Stories generally about hunting and fishing in Eastern Washington.

  • Eddie Bauer - Born on Orcas Island in 1899.  Outfitter and outdoor clothing manufacturer.

  • Wayne Van Zwoll - A full-time journalist for the outdoors press, Wayne van Zwoll lives in central Washington state with his wife Alice. Over the past 20 years he has published five books and several hundred articles, primarily on firearms, optics and big game hunting. His work has appeared in more than two dozen other magazines, including Sports Afield, Outdoor Life, and Field & Stream. He also edits the specifications section of Shooter's Bible. An academic background in natural resource management helped him in his work as a wildlife control agent with Washington's Department of Game and as editor for Kansas Wildlife magazine. Once a contract photographer for the U.S.Forest Service, he has guided big game hunters in Utah and Wyoming. Wayne served as one of the first field directors for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and is now a professional member of the Boone and Crockett Club. A competitive shooter, Wayne has won two state smallbore titles. He gives seminars at sports shows, teaches marksmanship and runs this Wyoming outdoor skills camp for women. He has conducted Hunter Education courses in five states. In 1996 he was named Shooting Sports Writer of the Year by the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Wayne has taught English and Forestry classes at Utah State University and recently completed a doctorate there, studying the effects of changes in big game hunting motive on wildlife policy. (from

  • James Cartwright - Washington State Typical Whitetail Record Holder.   200-3/8 shot in Stevens County.

  • George Gretner - Washington State NonTypical Whitetail Record Holder. Pend Oreille County 235-1/2ddie Bauer.

  • Clifford Richter - World Record (and Washington State) Typical Blacktail 183 5/8 Clark County.

  • Dennis Dunn - Washington native who completed North America's grand slam all with the use of a barebow.  Website

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