Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Bryant is the Program Manager for Trapping Policy and Human Wildlife Conflicts for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). He has held this position since 2002 and primarily focuses on the scientific evaluation of trapping devices and techniques through the Best Management Practices for Trapping in the United States program. He also leads efforts to develop best practices for human-wildlife conflict resolution, promote trapper education and he often represents the interests of the U.S. in the international wild fur trade industry. He also engages with CITES, IUCN and other domestic and international wildlife management groups on behalf of the State fish and wildlife agencies. He has authored over 50 publications on trapping, furbearer management, trapper education, and human-wildlife conflict resolution.
Bryant also teaches hunter education and trapper education. He holds degrees in history (Bachelor of Arts), theology (Master of Divinity), wildlife science (Bachelor of Science) and wildlife ecology (Master of Science). Bryant has received various awards for his work with the AFWA including the “Group Achievement Award” from the Wildlife Society, the “Conservationist of the Year Award” from the National Trappers Association, the “American Heritage” award from the Fur Taker’s of America, and the “Furbearer Conservation Award” from the Fur Institute of Canada.
He and Susan have been married for 35 years and they were blessed with two sons. The family now resides in Phoenix, Arizona. Bryant is an avid hunter, trapper and angler and he also enjoys many other outdoor hobbies and pursuits with his family and friends.