The WYHAA Board

Ashley Genoff
Ashley GenoffBoard Member
Ashley Genoff is a lifelong Wyoming hunter and angler. Her family has lived in Wyoming for generations partly because of their love for the vast wilderness available for recreational use.

Ashley believes the Wyoming wilderness is well taken care of because Wyoming sportsmen and women, like herself, go out of their way to maintain the natural beauty of the land and leave no footprint behind. She said this is one of the state’s greatest attributes.

“Being alone in nature is the most spiritual, religious experience one can have in my opinion, and each hunt I go on makes me feel a little closer with our beautiful earth and the fantastic creatures I am lucky enough to interact with.”

Melinda Binks
Melinda BinksBoard Member
Melinda Binks is a documentary producer and cinematographer. She annually hunts both pronghorn and elk. Her favorite meals include pronghorn pizza, pronghorn minestra maritata soup and elk with hand-picked morels. Being outside in cherished public lands takes up nearly all of her free time, except family time. Melinda feels strongly about protecting public lands to keep them open for hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts.
Max Ludington
Max LudingtonVolunteer Chair
Max Ludington is an avid hunter and angler who lives in Jackson, WY. Born and raised on the east coast, Max picked up a fishing rod about as soon as he could walk. He moved to Wyoming as soon as he could and has been hunting and fishing in all of his spare time ever since. Don’t bother trying to get a hold of him on opening day.

Being outdoors and hunting and fishing on public lands is what Max loves most about Wyoming. He is passionate about protecting Wyoming’s heritage and ensuring his daughter gets to enjoy the same fishing and hunting opportunities he does.

Max works on land conservation projects around the American West with LegacyWorks Group. He holds a Masters in Environmental Science and Management and a Bachelors in History and Religious Studies.

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The WYHAA Staff

Darek Farmer
Darek FarmerExecutive Director
Darek Farmer is a fifth generation Wyomingite who resides in Guernsey with his wife and two sons and is passionate about hunting and fishing. Mr. Farmer has an intense desire to keep public land open, accessible, and habitats healthy for his sons and future generations to enjoy.
Farmer believes that communication and coordination between all interested parties is the best way to benefit Wyoming’s wildlife. If you have a concern or issue with hunting, fishing, or public land in Wyoming and would like to speak with Darek, please call (307) 331 -2050 or email him at

About Us

During the summer of 2015, a small group of young hunters and anglers gathered together to discuss their concerns about a growing movement to privatize public lands that was taking place in the neighboring state of Utah. The group saw this movement as a serious threat to an individual’s rights to hunt and fish, but no sportsmen’s groups in Wyoming appeared to be taking action to defend public lands. The group also expressed concern regarding the impact on Wyoming’s unique migratory herds; in the group’s opinion, more dollars should be spent on wildlife research and habitat improvement. Furthermore, the group wanted better education programs in place to recruit more of their peers. Thus, the “Wyoming Hunters and Anglers Alliance” (WYHAA) was born.

WYHAA’s board is composed of young sportsmen and women who believe that the best way to guarantee the same hunting and fishing opportunities for current and future generations is to hold elected officials accountable for their actions.

Wyoming Hunters and Anglers Alliance promotes the conservation of Wyoming’s wildlife, the protection of sportsmen’s access, and the defense of public lands that belong to everyone.