My name is Gary Colbath and I am the new Mat-Su Director for ABA. I am also a new Alaskan. I was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. I moved to the valley last September and plan to settle near the Butte permanently. I began bow hunting in high school when a good friend and his dad introduced me to it. Although it took me three years to harvest my first whitetail deer, (a young 3×3), I was hooked from the start.
Bow hunting is a lifestyle for me and is something that is involved with almost all aspects of my life. I have hunted in most of the western states, several provinces in Canada, Mexico and Greenland. I have taken many animals with archery equipment and have harvested 16 animals towards my goal of completing the North American 29. I am a certified Bow Hunter Education Instructor and a long time volunteer in many hunting, conservation and youth hunting groups.
Joining the ABA as a director was an easy choice as its mission represents values close to my heart. I hope to represent Alaskan bow hunters and all hunters to protect our right to hunt, expand hunting opportunities, educate new bow hunters, and recruit new people young and old into the archery family we all love so much. If you live in the Valley and want your voice heard or to be involved in any fashion related to bow hunting Alaska with us, reach out to me or join ABA, remember under our new program, IT’S FREE.
Hope to see you at the range or on the mountain.