wisconsin Field Staff

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shawn knobloch

State director


Shawn currently resides is LaCrosse Wisconsin with his wife Stacy. Shawn was a Marine from 1989-1993. After a year out, he decided he missed the brotherhood of the military and joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard. After 2 years, he transferred to the Idaho Guard where he became AGR (Active Guard Reserve) serving as Readiness NCO for the 116th Engineer Bn. At 17 years, he volunteered to go back to Iraq but was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and was honorably medically discharged. He discovered his love for the outdoors in Idaho, hunting for Elk and deer. The Outdoors obsession was reborn just a few years ago as he discovered Ice Fishing. Shawn is a crew chief for a NASCAR sanctioned late model which takes up a lot of his time from April-October. Shawn is employed by City Brewery in LaCrosse. Ice Fishing, Racing, helping Vets and Law enforcement, and making beer, can life get any better?

Josh Lieffring

Chris Simmons

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Chris grew up fishing and duck hunting in southern Minnesota, and currently resides in Farmington, MN. He served 8 years in the army reserves as an MP, balancing his military service and employment as a class A commercial driver. His love for the outdoors followed him through his life and has been fishing walleye and bass tournaments for the last 16 years. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge and passion with people through the HHO organization. 

Mark Jennings


Josh grew up hunting and fishing in Dunn County, Wisconsin. In 2007, he joined the Navy as a hull technician. After nine years in the Navy, he transitioned to civilian life to spend more time with his wife Ally; and three daughters Ella, Alanah, and Autumn. His favorite pastime is archery but enjoys all other outdoor activities. He is very excited to get others out in the woods or on the water.

Zach Burghy


Zach has been in the Navy for over 17 years. He is currently serving as a recruiter in Madison. Burghy is an avid waterfowl hunter and fisherman (mostly ice). Zach lives with his girlfriend Mina, and has 3 boys, Jackson 16, Deacon, 9 and newest addition Wyatt who is 1. Who has 3 boys with no dogs? Not this guy. He also has 2 “crazy labs” Zeus and Gauge. Zach looks forward to growing HHO in Wisconsin and is excited to serve other vets and law enforcement.


Mark was born and raised central Illinois.  Then served in the Army - Infantry, stationed in Krichgons, Germany.  He served in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iraq during - Operation Desert Shield & Desert Storm.  Mark grew up hunting in central and southern Illinois and fishing throughout the Midwest. He has been married to his wife Lisa for 27 years and has 2 great kids; a son who is in the US Air Force, and daughter is attending UW-Stout and plays softball .

Mark currently live in Chetek, WI.  In spare time he tries to spend as much time fishing as possible.  He currently enjoys fishing, hunting, and watching his daughter play softball, traveling, and mudding in our side by side

Ian Heller


Ian has been actively serving for over 21 years in the Navy and is currently a recruiter at Navy Recruiting Station Appleton, Wisconsin. Ian is married to his best friend Sarah and they have four children; Jacob, Nathan, Owen, and Luke. Ian was born and raised in Northern California where his love of hunting and fishing started as a young boy. He loves the outdoors and his passions include deer hunting, predator hunting, fly fishing and ice fishing. He has enjoyed being able to enjoy his passions in over seas locations the past few years in Europe, especially in Italy and Croatia. Now that he is back stateside he looks forward to helping with HHO's mission on the Wisconsin field staff team while building memories with his family.

Harley Mangen


Harley was born in Minnesota and moved to northern Wisconsin as a teenager.  After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served on active duty for seven years.  Harley now resides in rural Wisconsin and works as a corrections deputy for the Sheriff’s department. He enjoys open water fishing, ice fishing, waterfowl hunting, deer hunting, and any other opportunity that arises that involves the outdoors, hunting and fishing.  Harley is incredibly passionate about sharing his knowledge of the outdoors and giving back to veterans and law enforcement officers. He strongly believes that being in the outdoors is a means of recreational therapy that often can relieve the everyday pressures of the job. Harley spends much of his time with his wife and their three sons. In addition, HHO is a family affair to which his sons are members as either service members or law enforcement officers. 

Bob bott


Bob is a 40+ year law Enforcement/criminal justice veteran with local, county, state and federal agencies. With all that, he is a top ten guide ranked by Field and Stream’s Outdoor Challenge, seminar speaker, and free lance writer. His outdoor favorite is open water fishing on the rivers/backwaters near LaCrosse, WI.

Tom Fischer

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Born and raised in Southeastern Wisconsin, Tom has been an outdoorsman since an early age and enjoys every aspect and season of the Wisconsin has to offer. Tom targets walleye and smallmouth fishing, bowhunting, duck hunting, and his favorite winter activity hunting cottontails. Tom grew up in a military family ; his father served Vietnam, three brothers who served plus his own daughter. Recently retired from Active Guard Reserve, as a Master Sergeant after 32 years, he is still currently affiliated with the US Army. He looks forward to sharing, teaching, and learning with HHO.  After so many years in the service, he forgot his first name so everyone just calls him "Fish". 

Not Pictured:

Tyler Devin, Cody Eitniear, Ben Gruber, Isaiah Hart, Brandon High, Dave Taylor, Tim Wolf