Venery started in 2017. .

Our Reasons for Being:

  • share our Knowledge and Experience
  • harvest Local Food
  • participate in Wildlife Conservation
  • create an Inclusive Community
  • promote Fair Chase Ethics
  • teach Self-sufficiency
  • support Accessibility

Who we are . . .

Alex, banding owls

Alex – is a conservationist and an avid game hunter. She is a mother of three.
She has been hunting in Florida, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Montana for the past 20 years. She has pursued deer, elk, feral hog, and wild turkey.
While trained in archery, she prefers rifle hunting.
Alex has her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Science. She has worked with regional Game and Fish departments, volunteering at hunter check stations.
Alex has completed certification in Environmental Education, FWP Hunter-Landowner Stewardship Project, and the Montana Master Hunter Program. Alex became a MT FWP Hunter Education Instructor in 2020.

Sarah – Born and raised in Montana and a mother of two. Sarah is on the board for Five Valleys Archery Club, MT FWP Hunter Education Instructor for rifle and archery, also a new trapper education instructor.

Sarah is part of the Venery Crew in many capacities, including presenting at our Rifle Ready and Turkey Tactics courses and mentoring emergent hunters at our women’s Deer Camp and Turkey Camp. She hunts mainly for food, but also for the experience the outdoors provides along with quality time with friends and family. 

Her advice to new hunters? “I would have to say never stop asking questions or learning. I have been hunting for years now and feel like I always need to learn more and try new things.”

Tanya is a Montana native, avid hunter and conservationist. In 2020 , she graduated from the Montana Master Hunter program and developed a Bowhunting 101 class for FWP Becoming an Outdoors Woman. During the summer of 2021, she volunteered for an Artemis Sportswoman field day and presented during their Hunt Series including mentoring new hunters in the Missoula area.
Tanya is an ambassador for the Montana Wildlife Federation which works towards preserving habitat, protecting wildlife, and enhancing public access. The ambassadors work by a boots on the ground action of volunteering, sharing digital content and speaking up for conservative efforts.
Tanya is part of the Venery Crew in many capacities, including presenting at our Rifle Ready course and mentoring emergent hunters at a women’s Deer Camp and Turkey Camp.
Tanya currently works for the Montana Department of Transportation in design. She oversaw the construction of the wildlife crossings, wetlands and helped in the design of the wildlife jump outs at various locations on the Highway 93 corridor. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, trail running and fishing on public land.
Tanya’s true desire is to pass on her knowledge and skills to new hunters. She learned to hunt from her mother who still rifle hunts today. She and her partner live in the Bitterroot valley and have two young boys who love the outdoors as much as they do. Hunting and conservation is a way of life for her and her family.