Seth Trokey grew up in rural Southwestern Illinois and has been hunting and fishing his entire life. Growing up in rural IL helped fuel his passion for the out-of-doors from an early age. Seth started hunting public land in college when he attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. The fact that SIUC was surrounded by Shawnee National Forest, the biggest chunk of public land in IL, his eyes were truly opened to the treasures that are our public lands and waters. While hunting Shawnee, Seth got his first taste of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of what our public lands have to offer. His earliest memory of the concept of conservation came at about age 5 while mushroom hunting Morels with his dad. Seth’s dad said 10 words that were the catalyst for his love for conservation of our wild places and spending as much time as possible outdoors. “Leave it the same or better than you found it.” Since then that’s been his mantra. Whenever possible he likes to help out with R3 efforts in IL. He recently helped the local IL Learn To Hunt organization with a hands on class for new deer hunters.
Seth is currently the Chair and one of the founding members of the IL Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and a Regional Board Member for 2% For Conservation. He is also a member of Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, The Wild Sheep Foundation, and the Boone and Crockett Club.
Seth is a crew leader, certified pipeline welder and equipment operator for the largest Natural Gas/Electric utility company in IL.
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