Outfitter/guide, hunting consultant, international hunter and author, Bryan Martin, has been outfitting and guiding hunters in Canada since 1999, thru his company, Canadian Mountain Outfitters, which specialized in Stone Sheep, grizzly, goat, moose and caribou. He has outfitted and/or guided many hunters in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan) plus Russia, Turkey, Romania and Spain, through his Asian Mountain Outfitters business since 2002. Currently his primary focus is Asian Sheep and Capri/Ibex Outfitting and acting as a personalized hunt consult, plus he is guiding 2-3 Bighorn and/or Stone sheep hunts in Canada each fall. He has been on over 40 successful Marco Polo and International Sheep hunts, over 40 North American wild sheep plus over 60 Ibex and Capri (goat) hunts. An avid hunter himself, he has a real passion for hardcore backpack hunting and is always looking over the next ridge for that animal of a lifetime. He finished his own Grand Slam of North American Sheep in 2006 and has personally harvested nearly 35 wild sheep and Capri/goats worldwide, most of them self-guided, where it was legal. Between guiding clients and doing his own hunts, Bryan has either guided or personally completed over 100, multi-day (7-14 day each) horseback and backpack trips, many of them solo. He’s had a few “close calls” in mother-nature (falling, capsized boat, car wreck and grizzly bear charges) but has luckily walked away, most unscathed.
In 1991, Bryan got his start in the hunting industry, as a horse wrangler/packer while attending Oregon State University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering Management, a Business Administration Minor and a Real Estate Minor in 1995. During Spring and Christmas College Vacations and also during many long weekends, he could be found photographing and scouting wild sheep in Oregon and Montana. Upon Graduating, he guided many Governor/Auction tag permit holders through well know outfitters, for Rocky Mountain, California Bighorn and Desert Sheep. He has hunted in many of the Western US states, plus 9 times in Alaska as he loves hunting big Grizzly and Brown bear nearly as much as sheep and goats. In addition to mountain hunting, he has hunted Africa and Australia on several occasions and hunts or guides in new destinations each year to increase his hunting and cultural knowledge. Racing motorized vehicles of any kind is his second passion next to hunting. Shooting sports, entrepreneurship, music/movies, reading/learning/education, psychology, writing (technical and humor/poetry), travel, family, fitness/sports, health/nutrition and politics are all things he enjoys. He is politically and fiscally conservative but open to other intelligent ideas and viewpoints. Bryan is a passionate defender of hunting rights/conservation and promoting conservative family values and social issues.
Bryan was raised on a farm/ranch in Central Oregon where he was active in 4-H, FFA, music, multiple sports and academics. He grew up hunting with his father and uncle and has been big game hunting since he was in Grade school. Bryan moved to Montana in 1996, upon graduating from OSU. He has resided in British Columbia since early 2000 and is a dual Citizen of both the U.S. and Canada. During the 4-5 years he lived in Montana, he worked as a real estate salesperson/business consultant, specializing in hunting properties and working ranches; he also guided part-time in the fall when not looking to purchase his own hunting territory in Canada. He wanted more field-time guiding and hunting as the sales and consulting business was too office oriented. Bryan is a hands on, working guide/outfitter and business owner who has become well know for hunting hard and providing “real hunts for real hunters” and never leaving a stone unturned. His sister, Amy, a former USA Olympic Rower, lives in Colorado, where she manages the Branded Rock Canyon Ranch and manages her Pro-hunt Concierge Consulting company. Bryan’s Parents retired in Redmond, OR after leaving their farm/ranch several years ago.
Many hunters and industry professionals enjoyed reading his informative, Extreme Gear articles, in the Huntin Fool magazine, which he wrote for 5 years; hunters often refer to Bryan as the “Gear Guru” or the “Gear Guy” because he has tested and used so many different types of gear and equipment and is always searching for better, stronger and more efficient products. Currently he is a hunting editor for Western Hunter Magazine, based in Arizona and the Journal of Mountain hunting, based in BC, Canada. Over the last 7 years, he’s given numerous hunting seminars on equipment, backpack hunting, shooting and international travel and logistics. He is passionate about sharing his hunting and equipment knowledge that has worked for him on the many Extreme hunts he partakes in, both as Solo hunter and with clients/friends. He has backpack hunted from sea level to 16,500’ and from -30 to 104 Degrees F. In these Extreme conditions, choosing the right equipment and knowing how to use it, is very critical. He is very passionate about precision shooting for hunting, and has taken 4 different shooting courses to hone these skills. He will be a co-instructor for a hunting oriented shooting course to pass on this knowledge to his clients and other mountain hunters. His personal philosophy is “anything worth doing is worth overdoing” and “that which does not kill you will make you stronger”. Bryan is a life member of the Wild Sheep Foundation and the Wild Sheep Society of BC, plus members of many hunting/conservation organizations, such as SCI and the Boone and Crockett Club.