Wildlife Guides

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Jonathan Hunt

Owner, Lead Guide
Jonathan is known for his great sense of humor and warm southern personality. He grew up on a small farm in Bowling Green, Kentucky where he spent his days fishing in the family pond, canoeing the rivers, and playing at his grandfather’s amusement park and zoo. By the age of nineteen Jonathan had logged countless hours in the backcountry throughout North America fishing, hunting and backpacking. After attending Western Kentucky University he made his way out west to Jackson Hole. Over the past ten years Jonathan has been working as a lead river guide on the Snake River, snowmobile guide in the area’s backcountry and as a wildlife guide through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. After spending a day touring the National parks with Jonathan you will undoubtedly feel like part of his family!

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Daryl Hunter

Photographer/Writer/Publisher/Guide
Daryl moved to Jackson Hole in 1987 to peruse photography and he started guiding to support his photography aspirations, first on horseback riding trips in 1987 then Yellowstone and Grand Teton trips in 1988. Since then he has been a fly-fishing guide, snowmobile guide, and a photo tour guide.

Daryl’s photography and writing has been published by National Geographic, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, Outside Magazine, Snow Country, Outdoor life, Esquire Sports, New York Dailey News, and countless others. His freelance photography bifurcated to include graphic design work, which opened the door to web publishing. Daryl is the publisher of the “The Greater Yellowstone Resource Guide.” A growing number of Daryl’s blog posts from his blog “The Hole Picture” are being picked up by magazines. Daryl is also the author of the soon to be released ebook: “The Grand Teton Photo and Field Guide.” If you take a photo trip with Daryl you can be sure he will know where to put you for the best shot.

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Kris Walker

Guide
Kris grew up in Northern California riding bikes and hiking in the Sierra Mountains. He worked on a backcountry trail crew in Yosemite National Park in 2001 honing his skills as a rock mover and trail rat. Kris loves to camp, hunt, fish, hike, backpack in the area, ice fish, snowboard, cross country ski, canoe, and he enjoys a good campfire. He has extensive experience in the guide industry working as a river guide, snowmobile guide and of course wildlife tour guide. Kris studied plant science at The College of the Redwoods on the Redwood Coastand spent seven years exploring the great Redwood groves and Pacific Ocean. A fun fact to pick Kris’s brain about: He worked as a Cacti farmer in Arizona.

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Jeff Lestitian

Guide
Jeff has been instructing, guiding and leading trips all over the West; his version of ‘settling down’ means calling Jackson, WY home. He has been instructing, guiding and leading trips for years on everything from bicycles, kayaks, rafts, snowmobiles, helicopters, seaplanes, skiffsand fishing boats. A strong love for wildlife, the outdoors and what an active lifestyle can do for people has led him to such locales as Alaska (interior & coastal), the Pacific Northwest, the California Coast, Rabbit Ears Pass in Colorado, Montana and of course, Jackson Hole.

Michael

Guide
Michael was born in Great Falls, Montana and raised only 90 miles away from Jackson in Idaho Falls, ID. He grew up in a family of 7, backpacking skiing, fishing, hunting, goofing around and camping in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that extends into Montana, Wyoming, and beyond. This often adventurous life instilled a love of the mountains, rivers, and ecosystems of the area, and naturally led to a BS in Natural Resources & Environmental Communications from Humbolt State university in Northern California.

As a particularly compelling theme running through much of his life, photography became part of Michaels degree in northern California. After moving to Crested Butte, Colorado in 1993 upon college graduation, he began teaching a variety of photography workshops for the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, and has returned every year to teach all levels of photography workshops to over 700 students at this time.

While there is a good deal more to his background regarding photography, most importantly Michael loves to share his 25 years of image making with his students and clients, as well as his very in-depth knowledge of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, in an easily accessible and compelling way.