Advisory Council

The members of Vanishing Paradise’s Advisory Council all have a real passion for the outdoors and for passing on our nation’s conservation legacy. These individuals are working to enhance and expand Vanishing Paradise’s reach so sportsmen and women across the country are aware of the Mississippi River Delta’s importance to fish and waterfowl—and become inspired to take action to protect this great American landscape. Learn more >>

Brad Downey

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Brad Downey is the Owner/Partner of Frontier Sales & Marketing Group – a Sales Agency based in Katy, Texas. Brad began his career in the Outdoor Industry when attending college at Texas A&M University. He put himself through school as a full-time Duck & Goose Hunting Guide for Larry Gore’s Eagle Lake & Katy Prairie

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David Dellucci

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David Dellucci is a retired Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the Baltimore Orioles, the Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees, the Texas Rangers, and the Philadelphia Phillies. Dellucci, a Louisiana native, is a lifelong outdoorsman and a passionate conservationist.

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Eric Cosby

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Eric Cosby began fishing the marshes south of New Orleans in the early 1990s. In 1998, Eric started the Marsh Madness media event based out of Venice, Louisiana. Marsh Madness is an annual event created to promote sponsors products and to introduce the outdoor media to the challenges facing the Mississippi River Delta. Eric is

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Gabe Galster

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Gabe Galster Sr. turned his childhood hunting and fishing experiences with his father into a lifelong obsession. Gabe is CEO of Arkansas based New Hope Prosthetic and Orthotic Services, Inc. but spends an enviable amount of time on his fishing boat in Venice, Louisiana. While Gabe is an avid duck and deer hunter in his

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Hal Herring

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I grew up in rural north Alabama in a family of voracious readers, fishing, hunting, digging ginseng, running trotlines. It was a life mostly spent outside, but my heroes were always writers, from Guy De Maupassant to Peter Matthiessen, Dostoyevsky to Jim Harrison. For most of my life now I’ve been a writer, too, publishing

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Jared Mott

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Jared Mott grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The son of professional wildlife biologists, he was quickly exposed to wildlife, hunting, and fishing. They quickly became his passions and after completing college and law school, he decided to make conservation a career and left the Magnolia State for Washington,

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Mark Hilzim

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Mark, a native New Orleanian, has spent a lifetime hunting and fishing. Mark graduated from the University of New Orleans. His professional career includes stints as the first Executive Director of the Louisiana Chapter of the Gulf Coast Conservation Association and as the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. Since 1997,

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Noel Vick

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Noel Vick is the owner and president of Traditions Media, LLC, a fishing-focused PR and marketing group. The company’s clients include MarCum Technologies, Lund Boats, Aquateko, St. Croix Rods, Rapala Brands, Rippin’ Lips and StrikeMaster Augers. He lives in Mendota Heights, Minnesota.

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Ryan Lambert

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Captain Ryan Lambert, President of Cajun Fishing Adventures, Inc., is a successful entrepreneur in southeast Louisiana and a professional angler for over 31 years. He has built the largest sports fishing and hunting lodge in the south that attracts avid anglers from all over the US, Canada and abroad. Launched in 1994, Cajun Fishing Adventures,

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Steve Bowman

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Steve Bowman is the Executive Editor of and Tournament editor for He is a lifelong hunter and fisherman. His work in editorial includes serving as the Outdoor Editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Executive Editor of ESPN Outdoors. He has authored three books, two on waterfowling and one on bass fishing. His writings

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Steve Rampy

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Steve Rampy was born and raised in Middle Tennessee and was immersed in the great outdoors at a very early age. After attending Auburn University, Steve served in the United States Air Force. He was following the footsteps of his father in both cases. Working as a Software Developer for over twenty years, Steve is

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Teeg Stouffer

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Teeg Stouffer is a life-long angler, passionate about the sport of fishing and the resource on the whole. “I came from a fishing family, both on my mom’s side and my dad’s side. We grew up fishing, I had a rod in my hand at age three, and I don’t think I ever put it

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Tim Kizer, Chairman

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Tim Kizer is the President of Sundog, Inc., an Arkansas based business and project development firm focused on conservation, agriculture and sustainability. Tim’s lifelong devotion to the outdoors has provided him and his family with years of memories in the field and on the water. His work in conservation has included strategic planning for national

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