Casey & Mike Pelzl

Casey Pelzl is a Hunt to Eat conservation contributor and ambassador. She was raised just outside of Houston, TX, but her family spent all of their vacation time in Winter Park, CO. In college, she majored in Biochemistry and Philosophy, and she started her scientific career as a vaccinologist/immunologist at various biotech and pharma companies in San Diego. Casey went on to earn a Masters in Public Health, specializing in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and she's been working as an epidemiologist in traumatic injury research since 2013.

Hunting was not a part of her (or her husband's) upbringing, but as avid deep-sea anglers, they saw hunting as the next logical step in becoming closer to the food they eat and the land they love. Although they aren't having kids, they want to do our part to make sure the wild animals and places that they love so much are healthy and thrive for generations to come.

"It's not ours; it's just our turn." - Doug Duren

Follow Casey at @case_pez on IG

Mike's love of the mountains took root in the Sierra Nevada range of California. As a youngster, he rambled the high-country granite domes of Tuolumne Meadows near Yosemite and roamed the blue oak woodlands of the central valley. Throughout all this, he was always seeking fishable water and something, preferably big and mean, to tug on the end of his fishing line. This theme remained constant into adulthood, where Mike and his wife, Casey, chased big game fish in the blue water off the coasts of San Diego and Baja Mexico. Soon thereafter, Mike developed an interest in being more responsible for the food he ate and the environment that sustained the animals that fed him, and hunting fulfilled that role. Today, he spends his days in Colorado with his wife and dog, Gunther, where he hunts elk in the fall, and thinks about it during the other months of the year. 

He is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.

Follow Mike @mountain_made on IG