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Wildlife Systems, Inc.

Greg Simons - Company Owner

 

Greg Simons graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University in 1987, with emphasis on wildlife ecology. After graduation, Greg immediately formed Wildlife Systems, Inc., which is a company he still owns and operates today. This company currently operates hunting and wildlife programs on over 800,000 acres of private land in Texas, scattered over many different properties across the state. This company was named Dodge Outfitter of the Year in 2003 from a cast of over 450 hunting operations in North America. Greg has also worked with various hunting programs in several other states including Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah, and various foreign countries, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, New Zealand, Canada, and Mexico. Greg is also a partner in Wildlife Consultants, LLC, a company specializing in providing technical assistance for wildlife and land-related needs to landowners, bank trust groups, and others. Greg is past President of Texas A&M University Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, past officer in the Texas Chapter of TWA, Past President of Texas Wildlife Association (10,000+ members), current Board Trustee for Texas Wildlife Association Foundation, current member of White-tailed Deer Advisory Committee for the State of Texas, past board member of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, past San Angelo CVB Board Chairman, current member of the Legacy Advisory Committee for Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Department at Texas A&M University, current member of Advisory Board for Conservation Force, and has served on many other appointed committees. Greg has spent much time with wildlife policy work, helping to craft legislative language, working with members of the Texas Legislature, and providing testimony before House and Senate committees. He is a past co-owner of Texas Hunting Directory and past co-owner of Wildlife Safari, Inc., which served as a booking agency for international hunting operations. He has had many articles published in various hunting magazines and has given many presentations around the country and internationally on various topics including marketing, risk management, game harvest photography, enterprise development, customer service strategies, hunters' role in conservation, and the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. Greg and his wife currently reside in San Angelo, Texas. Both of their children are enrolled at Texas A&M University.

 

 

Deborah Simons - Comptroller & Company Owner

 

Deborah grew up in Houston and met WSI owner Greg Simons while attending Texas A & M University. After moving to San Angelo in 1988, she finished up with a math degree from Angelo State University, though those around her say she should have been a computer science major. Indeed she is a wiz on computers and is closely involved with WSI’s computer needs from designing brochures, updating our website, and troubleshooting computer related problems. She takes care of WSI books including receivables and payables, and also assists on other miscellaneous matters. Deborah is a very active volunteer especially with activities associated with her children including school functions, Boy Scouts, and coaching her daughter’s basketball team. She is an active tennis player and competes locally in a USTA sanctioned amateur league. She grew up deer hunting with her dad and though she seldom gets to hunt anymore, she has an appreciation for hunting and the outdoors.

 

 

Jennifer Jezek - Office/Special Projects Manager

 

Jennifer has 4 boys that are the love of her life. She has a strong background in office management, web designs, and graphic arts. She has a great deal of experience in the hunting business. She has specialized in website development for hunting operations over the past 20 years.

 

 

Pete Ewald - WSI Field Manager

 

Pete grew up in San Angelo, Texas in an Agricultural Family. He started working part time and seasonally full-time for Wildlife Systems in 2014, while finishing up his natural resource management degree from Angelo State. In 2016 he took on the roll as Field Manager for Wildlife Systems. While his duties as field manager keep him busy.  He is also on a number of WSI camps and properties throughout the year guiding hunters.

 

 

 

Jackie Murphy - Guide

 

Jackie grew up in Brownfield, Texas and left after high school to attend Texas Tech University. He graduated with an accounting degree and worked as a CPA for a “Big Eight” firm and other companies for 20 plus years. Following his lifelong dream, he then attended a guide’s school in Colorado and hasn’t looked back since. He serves us as a camp manager and guide throughout the entire year and has one of the strongest work ethics as anybody we know. He’s been around since 2005.

 

Mike Gray - Guide

 

When Mike isn’t selling Ag chemicals he prefers to be out in the field. He has been serving WSI as a guide since 2000 on both the La Rucia and H. Yturria Ranches and calls south Texas home.

 

 

David Griffith - Chef

 

After 24 years of teaching Ag. Science, acting as a paramedic after hours, and catering in between, David is enjoying semi-retirement. Fortunately, for WSI he loves to cook and spends ample time throughout the year keeping hunters’, guides’, and Greg’s bellies full and has since 2004. Between Wildlife Systems and his wife, grandkids, church, and other cooking jobs he is one busy man.

 

 

Ruben Cantu - Guide

 

Ruben started guiding for Wildlife Systems in 2012 after retiring from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as a wildlife biologist. Since then he and Wildlife Systems owner, Greg Simons, have partnered up to form Wildlife Consultants, LLC a private wildlife consulting enterprise.  Ruben mostly guides Wildlife Systems hunters for mule deer in the mountains of west Texas and white-tail hunts around the San Angelo area.  And as time permits is available for spring turkey hunts.

 

 

Don Richardson - Guide

 

Don or “Bass” has been around longer than anybody else. After returning from Vietnam, he made a career as a fireman serving under Captain Benny Simons (Greg’s father). When Mr. Simons was busy working, Don would take Greg hunting with him and has been helping WSI as a camp manager/guide since 2000. Don has lived the majority of his life around Mesquite, TX and currently lives in Wylie.

 

 

Mike Messman - Guide

 

Father of two, Mike, has guided for WSI for multiple years (2003). He calls Kerrville home and runs a lawn care business when he’s not in one of our camps. You won’t meet a nicer guy than Mike.

 

 

 

Mike Lassig - Guide

 

Native to the Valley in South Texas, Mike has spent his whole life outdoors. He is married with 2 kids and was raised on a farm/ranch and continues to farm today. When not working, one can generally find him hunting. He killed his first deer when he was 9 years old and hasn’t slowed down since. He has a number of different species across much of the western US.  He has been guiding for Wildlife Systems since 2007.

 

 

Richard Berry - Chef

 

Born and raised in South Texas, Richard developed an interest in cooking early on. After graduation from Texas A&M Univ., Kingsville, he traveled the state as a working cowboy on the King Ranch, TicTacToe, L Bar, 77, and SA Bar ranches. During a career as a cowboy/ranch manager, he continued to hone his skills as a chef, developing his culinary ability and recipes to cater to an ever growing demand for his services. These recipes have satisfied even the most discriminating politicians, celebrities, professional athletes, ranch gatherings, family and friends.  Today, Richard and his wife, Renee, own and operate Broken Spoke Cattle Company in Live Oak County, featuring crossbred cattle and a 27 year commitment to wildlife management and conservation.

 

Richard has been cooking for WSI for 5 years.

 

 

Albert Hernandez - Guide

 

Albert and his wife, Selina, live in Falfurrias, TX along with their two sons where he has lived his entire life. He has worked for the La Rucia Ranch since 1999 and is currently the ranch foreman.

 

 

 

 

 

Eddie Curry - Guide

 

Capt. Eddie Curry lives in South Padre Island, TX and owns and operates FishPadre.com, a professional guiding service est. 1989.  When not fishing, you can find Capt. Eddie guiding on our South Texas properties. He began guiding with WSI in the winter of 2009.

 

 

 

Ed Elmore  - Guide

 

Georgian, Ed, has helped Wildlife Systems guide during whitetail season since 2007. He is a retired high school principal  and now enjoys spending his time in the field and with family.

 

 

 

 

Gabe Price - Guide

 

Where do you start? Gabe lives in Harper, TX with his wife and 3 kids. He owns Gabe’s Lawn Care and an oilfield service company. Gabe has been a camp manager/guide for WSI since 1997. With his humor, optimistic attitude, and endless energy, he will give you a hunt not soon to be forgotten.

 

 

 

 

 

Cade Bonn - Guide

 

While attending Texas A&M, Cade interned with WSI for 4 consecutive years starting in 2004. He was raised just outside of Fredericksburg, TX where he resides today and manages a wildlife/cattle ranch. He guides part-time and is an avid hunter himself.

 

 

 

 

 

Calan Ahrens - Guide

 

Calan went to high school in Alpine, TX, where he was very active, serving as a Texas FFA State Vice President upon entering college. He attended Texas A&M Kingsville where he received a degree in Wildlife Recreational Entrepreneurship in 2014. Some of Calan’s previous work experiences include being a ranch manager on a 13,000 acre ranch south of San Angelo, Cow/Calf Unit Manager for King Ranch in Kingsville, darting/capturing/transporting exotic game, and guiding clients for Wildlife Systems.

 

John Frankson - Guide

 

 

John was born, raised and still lives in country west of Palacios, Texas.  Class of "73 at Texas A&M.  Fishing guide service at Port O'Connor, Texas and guiding since 1979.  Really enjoys hunting nilgai.

 

 

Randy Watts - Guide

 

Randy lives in Royce City, Texas.  He has been guiding with Wildlife Systems since 2010.

 

 

 

Craig Bowen - Guide

 

Craig grew up in a farming and ranching environment in northwest Texas. He holds a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics, both from Texas A&M University. He has been directly involved in private wealth management, mineral and wind lease negotiations, condemnation proceedings, commercial hunting operations, and commercial ranching and farming operations. He is a licensed Broker (TREC #590507), a Registered Property Tax Consultant (TDLR #11201), and an experienced wildlife biologist, holding the Associate Wildlife Biologist accreditation with the National Wildlife Society. Craig serves as an Official Measurer for the Boone & Crockett Club, on the steering committee for Texas Outdoor Partners, and on advisory boards for the Texas Youth Hunting Program and the Texas Big Game Awards. As Managing Partner of Plateau Land Group, Craig won the title of 2016 Western Region High Producer for the national Keller Williams LAND division.

 

Craig started with Wildlife Systems back in 2007 with multiple internships while he was going to college.  He has since been working part time for WSI as a  hunting guide.

 

Charlie Buchen - Guide

 

Charlie was born and raised in South Texas. His love of the outdoors were instilled at a very young age. He attended and graduated from Texas A&M/Kingsville with a degree in Range and Wildlife management, with a minor in Biology in 1993. Upon graduating Charlie started Tailchaser Guide Serve. He has been working in South Texas and Northern Mexico for over 30 years. He looks forward to meeting new clients and having great hunting and fishing experience.

 

Charlie has been guiding for WSI since 2014.

 

 

 

David Reyes - Intern / Seasonal Tech

 

David was born and raised in San Angelo, Texas. In 2014, David started at Angelo State University working on his degree in Natural Resource Management. In 2016, he began gaining experience working as a hunting guide and will fill the role as a seasonal tech/intern at Wildlife Systems, Inc. this fall. When not in school or guiding, he spends most of time in the outdoors fishing, hunting, or playing golf.

 

 

 

 

 

Ted Simpson - Guide

 

Ted Simpson is from Fredericksburg, Texas.  He first met Greg Simons at a Buckskin Brigade meeting in the fall of 2003 on the Nail Ranch.  At that time, he was working for the NRCS located in Comanche, Texas.  He then started working for WSI operation and gradually became more involved as time has gone by.  Ted has been involved in agriculture and wildlife all his life.  He looks forward to seeing clients he has worked with in previous years as well as new clients.

 

 

Jason Bomer - Chef

 

Life is too short to not eat great food!

 

Jason is a  culinary trained Chef with 15 years experience. He has been an Executive Chef for Four Star restaurants and a Fortune 100 company. He has enjoyed cooking in restaurants. His passion is now for a smaller audience.  Jason  enjoys the simpler things in life like his family, friends and cooking great meals.  He has worked for WSI for four years. He takes great pride in putting out great food for all the hunters and guides.  Jason is  attentive to your dinning needs and restrictions and wants to make sure you have an amazing experience when you hunt with WSI.

 

 

Hunter Hopkins - Guide

 

Hailing from the vast expanses of the Texas Panhandle, Hunter grew up farming and ranching on the high plains of Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. He was also born with a passion for the outdoors which lead him to study wildlife management at Sul Ross State University in Alpine Texas. He is currently a junior at the university and also works as an undergraduate researcher for the Borderlands Research Institute. Hunter is going on his third season as a guide in west Texas for Wildlife Systems.