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Meet the BLRO Guides

 

Will P. Marcroft – Lead/Supervising Professional Guide

Will’s family homesteaded in the Big Lost River Valley over 4 generations ago and he has spent his whole life here hunting, fishing, and trapping. Will’s passion for the outdoors is unparalleled and he is one of the most respected hunters and guides in the state of Idaho. Will is married to Cheryl and they have a daughter and 4 sons.

Outfitting & Guide Experience:

  • Idaho Licensed Guide since 1986 with this outfitting business, both present and prior ownership.

  • Over 30 years hunting, fishing, trapping, etc. in the Big Lost River Valley and surrounding areas.

  • Extensive knowledge of operating area, hunting operations, and all other aspects of the outfitting and guide business. Highly Experienced Hound Hunter having harvested numerous “too many to count” black bears and mountain lions for clients, family, and friends.

  • Has harvested or helped others harvested several hundred big game animals - 9 different species.

  • Has hiked and backpacked extensively throughout the outfitting and guide operating area.

  • Lifelong resident and he represents the 3rd generation for his family in the Big Lost River Valley

  • US Forest Service Employee – Assistant Fire Management Officer, Salmon/Challis National Forest

  • Has extensive First Aid and Emergency Management Training and Experience from his fire work with the USFS including extensive training in leadership, incident command, etc.


 

  • Jake Johnson – Professional Guide

  • Jake and his family own one of the premier ranches in the Big Lost River Valley and he is the 4th generation of his family to operate and manage the family ranch. Jake is also an accomplished home builder and the former Idaho State High School All Around Cowboy. In the summer, on a Saturday night, you will most likely find Jake at a rodeo serving as a Pick Up Man for his In-laws rodeo company. Jake is married to Heather and they have 2 beautiful daughters.

  • Hunting & Guide Experience:

    • Idaho Licensed Guide for 5 years and has lived in the Big Lost River Valley his whole life.

    • Has harvested or helped others harvest over hundred big game animals - 7 different species.

    • Has hiked, trail rode, and backpacked extensively throughout the outfitting and guide operating area.

    • Owner and Operator of the Family Ranch and Cattle Business

    • Extensive Experience with livestock, horses, and packing.


  • Don Baxter – Hound Hunting Guide

  • Don grew up in the Big Lost River Valley though his career has taken him to Boise for his primary residence. Don is an accomplished hound hunter and joins our team every year for the Spring Black Bear Season. Don is married to his wife Cindy and they have a daughter and a son.

  • Hunting & Guide Experience:

    • Has hunted and extensively in the Big Lost River Valley and the primary outfitting operating areas.

    • Experienced Hound Hunter with over 30 years of hunting and fishing in the Big Lost River Valley.

       

       


  • Preston Marcroft – Professional Guide

  • Preston is Will’s older brother and has spent his life here hunting, fishing, and trapping in the Big Lost River Valley. Preston lives and works on the 6X Ranch and has harvested a 347 Net Score Pope & Young Elk with his bow. Preston is also an accomplished houndsmen.

  • Hunting & Guide Experience:

    • Has hunted and extensively in the Big Lost River Valley and the primary outfitting operating areas.

    • Idaho Licensed Guide off and on since the mid 1980’s.

    • Over 30 years hunting, fishing, trapping, etc. in the Big Lost River Valley and surrounding areas.

    • Extensive knowledge of operating area. Experienced Hound Hunter having helped harvest numerous black bears and mountain lions for clients, family, and friends.

    • Has harvested or helped others harvested several hundred big game animals - 5 different species.

    • Has hiked and backpacked extensively throughout the outfitting and guide operating area.

    • Lifelong resident and he represents the 4th generation for his family in the Big Lost River Valley.

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      Josh & Justyn Gillish – Professional Guides

      Justyn and Josh have both spent many hours in the mountains surrounding Mackay with their dad, Guide Will Morcroft.  Will has taught them about the area and hunting in the Big Lost River Valley.  They have been guiding for several years and have had tremendous success.

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