Chad Klinkenborg, Barry Crose join Mule Deer Foundation

Chad Klinkenborg
Chad Klinkenborg
Mule Deer Foundation (MDF)
Mule Deer Foundation

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -( The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) has hired Chad Klinkenborg and Barry Crose to join its strong team of Regional Directors. Klinkenborg will be serving chapters in western Montana, and Crose is filling a new position covering MDF activities in Idaho.

The two have already jumped into their jobs and are actively working with their chapters to expand MDF’s engagement in these two important states.

“Chad and Barry are excellent additions to our staff and they have hit the ground running in their respective states,” commented Mike Laughter, Director of Field Operations for MDF. “Montana and Idaho are the heart of mule deer country and we have so much potential to build on these chapters’ hard work. I’m confident Chad and Barry will add significant value to our already exceptional field team.”

Chad Klinkenborg joins MDF after five years as senior regional director with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Oregon; prior to that he worked with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in Washington, DC as a grant coordinator.

Klinkenborg was born and raised in the Midwest and followed his father who is an avid outdoorsman into the woods hunting and fishing as soon as he could walk. With a passion for conservation established early, it was a natural fit to pursue a degree in forestry and natural resource conservation through the University of Montana.

It was during his college years that Chad developed a deep love for Montana. He will be based out of Bozeman.

“Montana is truly the best place to live if you love to hunt and are passionate about conservation,” said Klinkenborg. “I am excited to help MDF grow as an organization to enhance wildlife habitat and protect open space. We have very strong chapters established in Montana and potential for even more growth so I know together we’ll be achieving great things to further MDF’s mission.”

Barry Crose has been volunteering and working for conservation for three decades. He grew up in eastern Washington and his love of the outdoors began as a Cub Scout progressing through to becoming an Eagle Scout.

His father was an avid deer hunter taking an annual trip to the Steens Mountains in eastern Oregon and eventually heading to Montana, where Barry joined him and shot his first mule deer buck when he was 21. Crose earned a degree in leisure services and his early positions focused on recreation, marketing, and fundraising for a resort on the Olympic Peninsula and then for the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce before moving into the banking industry.

During this time, he began actively volunteering for conservation organizations and then took a job as a Regional Director for Ducks Unlimited. Crose has been living and hunting in northern Idaho but will be relocating to southern Idaho to work for MDF.

“Instead of working for someone else’s pocket, I’d rather be working for a cause,” Crose noted. “As a Regional Director for MDF I’ll be able to make an impact for conservation and for my passion of hunting. If we do things right, I know that my son and his future children will also have the great opportunities that I have had.”


About MDF:
The Mule Deer Foundation is the only conservation group in North America dedicated to restoring, improving and protecting mule deer and black-tailed deer and their habitat, with a focus on science and program efficiency. MDF is a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management and conservation policy issues. MDF acknowledges regulated hunting as a viable management component and is committed to recruitment and retention of youth into the shooting sports and conservation.

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