ProStaff Member: Josh Kinser
Occupation: Military Warriors Support Foundation - Field Activities Director
Hunting/Game Management/Ranch Management Experience:
I have hunted for almost 25 years now, taking some breaks from hunting big game to spend time hunting Al- Queda as a Reconnaissance Scout with the 82nd Airborne.
- English, East Tennessee State University
- Member of TTHA (Texas Trophy Hunters Association)
- NRA (National Rifle Association)
- RMEF (Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)
- QDMA (Quality Whitetail Deer Management Association)
- NPPA (National Press Photographers Association)
- VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars)
- MOPH (Military Order of the Purple Heart)
- Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation
Television or Print Media Experiences or Appearances:
- Magazines - Texas Trophy Hunters Journal, Shutterbug, Small Wars Journal
- Newspapers - Roanoke Times & World News, The Paraglide
- Radio - NPR's Conservation New
What was it that got you into hunting?
My father didn't hunt, but we fished a lot when I was a kid. As a little boy I remember having a burning desire to hunt. I took it up myself with another friend. My friend and I spent hours watching hunting videos in the offseason. We'd scour his aunt's corn fields for groundhogs, combed the woods for squirrel and hunted deer like there was no tomorrow. In Virginia, a hunter really has to bowhunt to extend the season. That got me started in bowhunting but my great grandmother, Hattie May Frazier would only allow me to bow hunt on her land up in the mountains since she leased it out to some dairy farmers. I spent a lot of days in the snow, freezing my tail off in my Jim Crumley's Treebark and with my Bear Whitetail II bow. Grandma Frazier would wake up and somehow have my breakfast made for me before I would leave in the mornings at dawn. She'd also make sure I had my gloves, warm enough "britches", a packed lunch and a thermos of hot chocolate. I probably wasn't that great of a hunter back then but I loved my days by myself out in the woods in Fries, VA where my grandfather grew up. I loved trying to figure it out on my own. I still remember that big 10-point that outsmarted me like he was a chess-master and I was an amateur at checkers. Those days hooked me for life.
Family Information: Wife, Casey
Preferred Game Animal: Whitetail Deer
Preferred Weapon Type: Bow, Rifle
Thoughts to Share:
TTHA is a great organization that has no peer. I look forward to working with the other Pro Staff members and can't wait until deer season is here once again.