Hunter Nation Announces Mark DeYoung as CEO

Hunter Nation, non-profit organization committed to wildlife conservation, multi-use public lands, and educating State and National legislators on the vital role hunting plays in our Nation’s wildlife management and conservation systems, has selected Mark DeYoung as CEO.

“Mark is a proven and respected leader within the shooting sports, outdoor recreation, and conservation communities,” said Keith Mark, Co-Founder of Hunter Nation. “In addition to creating and leading one of the largest outdoor companies, he also served as Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and Chairman of the Wildlife Management Institute. Mark also served on the board of the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the board of the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturing Institute. We are very pleased that he has agreed to lead Hunter Nation.”

Mark DeYoungPrior to his appointment as CEO of Hunter Nation, Mr. DeYoung served as the Chairman and CEO of Vista Outdoor, a firm he founded in 2015, a global shooting sports and outdoor recreation company. Prior to leading Vista Outdoor, Mr. DeYoung served as the CEO of ATK, a premier sporting, defense and aerospace company.

“I am honored to help lead this organization and excited about Hunter Nation’s potential to enhance the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, protect the rights of all hunters, and improve collaboration among hunting and conservation organizations. Hunters fund the vast majority of all wildlife conservation efforts and Hunter Nation will provide a powerful voice for all hunters.” said Mr. DeYoung.

Hunter Nation Advisory Board Member Ted Nugent said, “Mark DeYoung is the perfect person to lead Hunter Nation. You would be hard pressed to find anyone with a better understanding of the hunting industry and hunting lifestyle than Mark. Plus, he exemplifies the basic principles of Hunter Nation: God, Family, Country, Hunting and Conservation.”

“Mark has been a warrior in his defense of hunting rights for decades. His leadership will be critical in the ongoing battle to protect our hunting heritage,” said Mark Geist, Benghazi hero and Hunter Nation Advisory Board Member.

Mr. DeYoung is a Life Member of Pheasants Forever, the Wild Sheep Foundation, Quail Forever, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the National Rifle Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Weber State University where he was later presented an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree. He earned his MBA from Westminster College where he also served as an adjunct faculty member and was awarded the school’s prestigious Adjunct Professor of the Year Award.

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