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George Bettas
George is a well-respected figure in the hunting and conservation community. After retiring from his position as Vice Provost of Student Affairs at WSU, George focused on his passion as a hunter-conservationist. He is a founder and past President of the Mule Deer Foundation, served as Chair of the Board for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, became a Regular Member of Boone and Crockett Club in 1989, and recently retired as Executive Director of Boone and Crockett Club. He has been hunting elk for over 50 years and has published many quality hunting articles, many of which focus on backcountry horseback hunting.
Outfitting the Hunting Horseman

The hunting horseman can accomplish a “run and gun” technique while traversing a lot of country in search of game. The logistics of horse feed and water are essentially the only limiting factors. 

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Navigating the Backcountry with Stock

In this article I will describe how I have traveled in remote areas throughout the West with my pack and riding stock, using both age-old techniques as well as the technology which is currently available to us today.

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Shared Use of the Backcountry: Best Practices

In Part 1 of this article, I shared some examples of interactions I had with an outfitter while hunting in […]

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Best Wall Tent Hunting Stoves

You can make a small fire in a big stove, but you can’t make a big fire in a small stove. Find the right stove for your outfit.

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Navigating the Backcountry Horseback Hunting

Learn how to travel through remote areas riding stock using age-old and modern techniques from the hunting horsemen.

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Mobile Horseback Hunting Camps

Flexibility is often the key to being a successful horseback hunter. Follow George's advice for staying mobile with horses.

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Backcountry Hunting Ethics

Hunting ethics is something we all face eventually and learning from others' experiences will help us avoid bad encounters.

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Spring Bear Hunting in Elk Calving Areas

Find out where elk are raising their calves during the season and see your spring bear hunting success increase.

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Backcountry Equine Colic and How to Handle it

What is colic and why is it such a big deal in horses? George covers some hard-learned lessons and preventative tips.

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Public Easements, Historic Use, and More

As Americans, we enjoy many exceptional and unique freedoms and privileges. For hunters, our system of public lands is perhaps […]

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