About Orion – The Hunter’s Institute

Since our founding in 1993, Orion has been focused on the pursuit of two goals that were born out of strategies developed at a 1992 governor’s symposium on hunting:

  • First, we are dedicated to improving the image of hunting with an emphasis on fair chase ethics.
  • Second, we are focused on putting hunters at the forefront of our nation’s conservation ethic.

We call ourselves The Hunter’s Institute because we view it as our mission to be the thought leaders and facilitators in the pursuit and evolution of open and honest discussion, debate, and consensus-building for the benefit of hunting.

About Our Founder

Jim Posewitz left the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks in 1993 to form Orion after nearly 40 years of service because, as he put it, “it was time to ‘re-tire’ – to take off the old tires and put on some new tires for the long road ahead.”

Posewitz set out on a mission to re-energize hunting and its conservation heritage and, in doing so, wrote a book – “Beyond Fair Chase” – which has shown significant influence the manner in which hunting and ethics are viewed in mainstream society and media. Posewitz’s message has reached over 750,000 new hunters in the last two decades and we’re on a mission to reach another 750,000 in the next few years.

Board of Directors

Thomas Baumieister
Tovar Cerulli
Jan Dizard
John Edwards
Pat Hudak
Eric Nuse
Phil Seng
Mary Stange