2024 Special Guests

Meet the VIPs of the 2024 Old West Invitational Turkey Hunt. 

Gov. Mark Gordon

Governor of Wyoming

Mark Gordon was elected Wyoming’s 33rd Governor on November 6, 2018. He was sworn into office on January 7, 2019.

Growing up on the family ranch in Johnson County, Governor Gordon learned the values of hard work and integrity and the importance of working together. As governor, he prings those values to the table in pursuring his commitment that Wyoming continues to be a place where its citizens can pursue their dreams while retaining its unique character. He is a strong believer in Wyoming’s ability to chart its own course and a staunch defender of its interests to do so.

Governor Gordon is working on efforts to set Wyoming on a sustainable fiscal path and making government more accessible, productive, and efficient. As part of those efforts, Gordon seeks to refocus government to better assist local communities with the tools and resources needed to thrive and set their own direction. He is also dedicated to ensuring that citizens have access to quality education, including safer schools, advanced degrees, and career and technical education opportunities.

Governor Gordon served as Wyoming State Treasurer from October 2012 until January 2019 when he was sworn in as Governor. As State Treasurer, he led a transformation of the office resulting in improved teturns on state investments, better protection of state savings, and increased transparency and access to state financial data for the public. His efforts to improve transpareancy surrounding the state’s financial portfolio resulted in Wyoming being ranked number one in the United States for transparency and the third in the world among all sovereign funds.

Governor Gordon and his wife Jennie have four grown children, Aaron with wife Megan, Bea with husband Austen, Anne with partner Bracewell, and Spencer with wife Sarah and their son Everett.

Tris Munsick

Country Music Artist

Performing our National Anthem at the Old West Invitational Turkey shoot and participating as a hunter is our special guest Tris Munsick.

As a top act in the region, Tris Munsick & the Innocents continue to climb and share their brand of Western country with audiences near and far.  They have broken the mold with their unique blend of traditional and modern sounds, and fans resonate deeply with the authenticity ever-present in their music.  In the words of recording artist Chancey Williams, “Tris Munsick is the real deal.  He can write about and represent cowboy culture because he was born in it, and he lives it.  Tris is an artist that is really finding his voice in the American West.”

Constantly on the road, the band has shared the stage with Big and Rich, Lyle Lovett, Blackhawk, the Eli Young Band, Cody Johnson, Casey Donahew, Marty Stuart, and many more as well as performing at the National Finals Rodeo Opening Ceremonies in Las Vegas, NV.  In an era that is continually moving towards digital music platforms, Tris Munsick and the Innocents continue to bring their live sound and feel to audiences throughout the American West.

Thrice-nominated for the Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards, the band has recorded four studio albums, and their latest release “Quicksand” is gaining traction on regional radio and streaming services.

Hailing from the eastern slope of the Big Horn mountains, Tris Munsick & the Innocents shine a brand-new light on modern cowboy music. Catch them on the road in 2024!

April Hanley-Grady

Army reserves, ret.

April, originally from Oregon, enlisted in the Oregon Army National Guard at age 19 as an Operating Room Technician where she completed Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Less than two years later, she decided to go on active duty as a Combat Medic and was stationed in the 10th Combat Support Hospital at Fort Carson, Colorado. Having made it to the rank of Sergeant (E-5), she then received orders to go overseas to Camp Humphries, South Korea, where she served as a squad leader in an evacuation platoon of the 568th Medical Company. Her 12-month tour was extended to 15 months because of the aftermath of 9/11 and she flew back from Korea ironically on 9/11/2004 after receiving orders for Fort Riley, Kansas. Shortly after arriving to the 101st Forward Support Battalion at Fort Riley, she was promoted to Staff Sergeant and was then assigned to the Garrison’s 91W Combat Medic School where she taught EMT-Basic courses, combat medic courses, CPR and other medical classes. While serving as an instructor, April applied and was accepted for the AMEDD Enlisted Commissioning Program (AECP) so she started taking three college classes a semester while on active duty to meet her prerequisites for nursing school. However, the 1st Brigade at Fort Riley was slotted to deploy to Iraq, so April was eventually reassigned back to the 101st FSB to complete pre-deployment requirements. Luckily, the 1st Brigade never received their actual orders to deploy to Iraq and April was able to start nursing school at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in August 2006. She graduated from nursing school with honors in May 2008, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, and then assigned to William Beaumont Army Medical Center (WBAMC) at Fort Bliss, Texas, where she served as an RN on a post-surgical and a same day surgical ward. She completed her three-year obligation as an Army Nurse Corps Officer and then left active duty due to being a single parent at the time. She joined a local Army Reserve unit in El Paso and a year later she was activated to serve three years as a Nurse Case Manager at two different Warrior Transition Battalions in El Paso, Texas, and Fort Lewis, Washington. She completed the rest of her time in the Army Reserves, officially retiring as a Captain in 2017 with 20 years and 7 months in the Army. She has recently moved to Sundance, Wyoming, with her husband who is originally from Virginia. A cowgirl married to a cowboy at heart, April feels that Wyoming is the perfect place for them to settle down and live their “cowboy” way of life!

Sponsored by Campbell County Health

Tray Lange

US Marines

Tray served in the United States Marine Corps from 2016-2021. He was stationed at MCAS New River in North Carolina with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 VMM-261, also known as the Raging Bulls. Tray’s MOS occupation was a flight line mechanic and aerial observer on the MV-22 Osprey.  During his service he was deployed twice overseas. Tray was a Sergeant and his deployments were Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force and went Africa, Spain and Italy. Tray was awarded the following medals:  Joint Services Commendation, Good Conduct, National Defense Service, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism, and Navy and Marine Corps Achie.

Tray currently lives in Lincoln, Missouri with his wife of 15 years, Lacey, and their two daughters, Callie and Carolina. He is a diesel mechanic and works on semis at a truck repair shop. In his spare time, Tray enjoys working on his pulling tractor and going to pulls in the summer with his family. 

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Brian, originally from Virginia, enlisted in the Air Force at age 21 as an Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist where he completed Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and Tech School at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado. His first duty station was Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia, where he worked in an armament maintenance shop. After serving for just under two years in Georgia, he received orders to report to Torrejon Air Base in Torrejon, Spain. He served in the 401st Tach Fighter Wing loading munitions on F-16 fighter jets. While serving in Spain his unit received orders to deploy to Doha Air Base, Q’atar, during Operation Desert Storm where he again loaded munitions on F-16 fighter jets. He served in Q’atar for about ten months when his entire unit returned to Spain. After six more months, Brian received orders to PCS to Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, where he served until he left the Air Force in June of 1992, having served for five and a half years and ETSing as a Sergeant. He moved back home to Virginia where he became a farrier, shoeing horses for the next 20+ years. Brian met his wife, April Hanley-Grady while she was serving on active duty in the Army, and they were married in November 2019 after she moved from the west coast to join him in Virginia. Together they chose to move to Sundance, Wyoming in 2023, where the lifestyle fits more with their beloved “cowboy” way of life!

Sponsored by Campbell County Health

Tim Hower

US Army, ret.

Originally from Arlington, Washington, Tim joined the Army in 1991. Over a 28-year career he had combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and operational deployments to Honduras, Bosnia, Nigeria, and Ukraine. Permanent assignments included Missouri, Georgia, Texas, Germany, Korea, Colorado, Virginia, Maryland, and Hawaii. Since retiring from the Army in 2019 Tim, his wife Becca, and children Sydney (16) and Spence (14) reside in Boise Idaho. He is sole proprietor of a company that supports the Veterans Administration with design and construction project management services. When not on the go with school sports and other activities he’s often found wandering the hills chasing upland birds with his pup Dozer.

Tim has deep ties to Wyoming and the Hulett community. His father (Herb/Herby) was born and raised here. His mother (Nancy) and father met as teachers in the Hulett school system. He is proud to have family, friends, and a few rascals that open their arms and welcome him into the Hulett community.

Sponsored by Tom & Connie Lindmier

Richard Watson

US Army, ret.

After graduating H.S. I went to a community college like others I knew. I studied Small Business Management, and later I decided to attend Denver Automotive and Diesel College. My best friend from High School talked me into joining the U.S. Army and I am so glad he did as it was one of the best adventures I have ever had. It was October 1982 when I joined the U.S. Army.

I trained as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic and worked my way from PFC to CSM over the next 27 Years. The Army has taken me from Fort Dix, NJ to Germany, Texas (2), Alaska (2), New York, and Korea (2). I held positions starting as a mechanic, then Squad Leader, Motor Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, 1SG, and CSM.  I retired as the CSM USAG FT Richardson, AK in May 2010. It was an honor to take care of the wellbeing of our Soldiers and Families during my 27 plus year career.  

Awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (8th award), Army Commendation Medal(4th award), Army Achievement (8th award), Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (9th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (4th award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th award).

I have been married to my wife Kris for 36 years. I have a son and two daughters along with 6 grandchildren.

I enjoy the great outdoors, hunting, and fishing, motorcycle riding, and spending time with my grandkids when possible. 

Sponsored by Tom & Connie Lindmier

Sidney (Sid) L. Keller

USAF, ret.

40 Miles north of Mullen, Nebraska, Sid was born and raised on a ranch in the heart of the Sandhills.  Upon graduating high school in Gordon, Nebraska Sid went to an airline training trade school in Denver, Colorado.

In February 1968, after a short stint in Denver, he received his draft notification and enlisted in the Air Force.  He attended basic training in Texas and was sent to Biloxi, Mississippi for Radio Equipment Repairman School.  Following graduation from this training, he was shipped to San Vito, Italy.  After serving 18 months in Italy, he was shipped to Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, SD where he was then honorably discharged in February of 1971.

Sid found his way back to Gordon, Nebraska after his discharge and purchased a ranch.  In the mid 70’s he decided to sell the ranch and pursue college at the National College of Business in Rapid City where he graduated with a degree in computer programming.  Quickly finding work, he relocated to Montana where he worked for a large computer company writing software for banks all throughout Montana.

In 1980 Sid went to work for the U.S. Forest Service as a programmer.  This new career took him all over the country.  He was working in Montana, Alaska, Oregon, Washington D.C. and lastly Idaho.  While in Alaska Sid was instrumental in mounting an infra-red camera system on a helicopter skid and writing the software to print out hot spots over fires.  While in Washington D.C., and later working remotely in Idaho for the D.C. office he was the head of purchasing computers, networks, telephone systems, cell phones and radios for the entire U.S. Forest Service.

After 35 years, and moving six times, Sid took on the difficult role of retirement.  He relocated to Wyoming where he currently owns and operates a “hobby” leather shop.

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John Dunbar

US Navy, ret.

John Dunbar was born and raised in Gillette, Wyoming. He enlisted in the Navy on the delayed entry program in June 1991 and reported to Recruit Training Command in San Diego, California in September 1991.  Immediately following recruit training, he reported to Aviation Ordnancemen “A” school in Millington, Tennessee.

John reported for duty to is first command USS OKINAWA (LPH-3) in April 1992, where he completed the ship’s final deployment.  During his eight months onboard, he and his team was responsible for the upkeep and repair of all weapons elevators and magazines.  In December 1992, John transferred to the “Stingers” of Strike Fighter Squadron One One Three (VFA-113), (F/A-18 Hornets), Lemoore, California.  While attached to the Stingers, he served as Ordnance Team Leader, Collateral Duty Inspector and shift supervisor. During his tenure, he completed two Western Pacific Deployments on board the Aircraft Carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70}.  In December 1996, John reported for instructor training and follow on duty to Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific, Lemoore California as an instructor and Conventional Weapons Technical Proficiency Inspection (CWTPI) Inspector.  During his three-year tour John instructed 24 classes compiling over 150 students and completing 15 CWTPI’s.   In March of 2000 John returned to the “Stingers” of Strike Fighter Squadron One One Three, for a second tour.  During this tour John completed Two deployments onboard the Aircraft Carrier, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN {CVN-72} in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.  He was advanced to Chief Petty Officer during this tour as well.  In June 2004 John transferred to Naval Munitions Command, Whidbey Island, Washington. He served as the Operations Leading Chief Petty Officer and the Senior Enlisted Advisor.  From this command he was recruited to stand up the EA-18G Fleet integration team in Whidbey Island in January. He served as the ordnance subject matter expert for the team and assisted in the transition of the EA-6B aircraft to the new EA-18G.  In November 2008 John transferred to the “Shadowhawks” of Electronic Attack Squadron One Four One (VAQ-141), Whidbey Island, Washington.  He served as the AV/ARM Division Chief, Maintenance controller and Quality Assurance Supervisor.  He completed two mediterranean deployments on board the Aircraft Carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT(CVN-71), and USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH(CVN-77).  John was selected as Chief Warrant Officer 2 during his time at the “Shadowhawks”.  After formal training in June of 2012 he reported to his first duty station as a Warrant Officer on board the Aircraft Carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68).  He served as the flight deck and weapons elevator weapons and division officer during his time on board and completed one western pacific deployment. In May of 2015 John transferred to the “Black Ravens” of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Five (VAQ-135). During this time he served as the squadrons weapons officer and completed 2 pacific command deployments.  John transferred to his final command,  Electronic Attack Weapons School, Whidbey Island, Washington in May 2017.  He served as Avionics/Ordnance Department Head and senior inspector.  In June 2021, CWO4 John Dunbar retired with 30 years of faithful and dedicated service….

John returned to Wyoming with his loving wife of 30 years and settled on a place east of Hulett,  Wyoming.

Ted Emmons

US Marines, ret.

Ted Emmons is a country western entertainer specializing in cowboy music with 40+ years of experience working with top name entertainers from Nashville a well as Branson, Missouri.

Ted is a strong tenor vocalist who is accomplished in harmony. He plays steel guitar, dobro, acoustic rhythm guitar, and bass guitar. 

After being honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1975, Ted performed at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri with Lee Mace’s Country Opry. In 1978 he relocated to Branson, Missouri to join the cast of the Ozark’s Country Jubilee and worked in various clubs in the Springfield/Branson area. He has performed at the Big Cedar Lodge/Bass Pro Shop with the Clay Self Band for 23 years as well as doing singles and duo chuckwagon dinner shows with his wife Lisa for the Bass Pro company. 

Other artists Emmons has performed with are Jeannie Pruitt, Buck Trent, David Frizell, and The Kendalls.

Emmons and his wife Lisa currently reside in Sundance, Wyoming where they raise cattle and horses on their small ranch. They winter in Wickenburg, Arizona where they team rope.

Greater Hulett Community Center
401 Sager St., PO Box 453, Hulett, WY  82720

Greater Hulett Community Center
401 Sager St., PO Box 453, Hulett, WY  82720