We are honored to be involved in the 2014 Field and Stream Heroes of Conservations project. For the third year running, we have had the opportunity to travel all over this great nation meeting and photographing the six conservation finalists. Since 2005, the magazine has been recognizing these outstanding individuals who work tirelessly to promote, improve, or protect wildlife and their habitats all across the country.
This year we received the call from our editors to hit the road and photograph all six of the subjects. The journey lasted weeks and took us from Pennsylvania to Tennessee, Minnesota to North Dakota, and Washington to Idaho. As with all of the years before this, we were humbled by the generosity and efforts of the finalists â€“ we took a wild tour of the country and have plenty of stories and photos to share. Our second shoot took the Crisman team to the Badlands of North Dakota to meet and photograph Ryan Krapp, a tireless advocate for preserving and maintaining mule deer habitats amid the recent energy industry development in the area. Ryan is doing some amazing work in an incredibly beautiful part of this country – keep reading to see more photos and stories from the shoot…
Ryan was an excellent guide, taking Chris and the team to some truly stunning places. Though vast and remote, the Badlands and other areas in North Dakota are being effected by the recent oil and energy boom in the area.
Thanks to Krapp and organizations like Private Land Open to Sportsmen, over 27,000 acres of mule deer habitat and hunting lands have been conserved.
Now this wouldn’t be a blog post without some type of test shot. All star photographer and assistant Jared Castaldi was on the scene in ND, helping out and as always, standing in when necessary (and hauling gear throughout the badlands).