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The Chadd Family
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Jeff Chadd
Owner/Outfitter

Jeff has always had a love for the outdoors and after moving to Alaska in 1984, he pursued guiding as a career by gaining his Registered Guide license in 1988.  He worked for other guides/outfitters until 1989 when MMO was started. In December of 2000 he achieved a major accomplishment by becoming a Master Guide in honor of his mentor, Clark Engle.  He has guided various hunts in many states and has acquired his outfitters licenses in Colorado  and Montana  along with Alaska. He focuses his energies on actively guiding and outfitting in Alaska and Montana by continuing to provide a viable lifestyle for his family.

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Cyndi Chadd
Owner/Head Cook

Cyndi was always intrigued with the Pioneer lifestyle growing up in Nebraska, little did she know that she would live that lifestyle when she met and married Jeff.  As Jeff pursued his guide career, Cyndi taught elementary school for a few years but as the business began her career changed.  She became the chief cook and bottle-washer in addition to acquiring the other skills that it takes to help run a business.  In the same year she found herself the co-owner of a lodge and a mom, raising the Chadd boys in the bush of Alaska.  Through many years of traveling, home schooling and living the “gypsy lifestyle” one thing  remains constant – family!

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Shane Blackwell
Guide

Shane grew up in the Midwest fishing and hunting.  He regularly accompanied his father Harry hunting ducks, geese, coyotes and white tail deer.  In 1991 Shane was given the opportunity to grow his passion for hunting when he joined Majestic Mountain Outfitters as a packer.  He returned each year and continued to become familiar with the territory, develop his skill and eventually became an Assistant Guide in 1993.  His guiding career has included elk, moose, caribou, sheep, black bear and grizzly bear.  In the off season Shane can be found traveling between goose pits in Illinois and Montana hunting mountain lions.

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Ben Pettway
Guide

Ben grew up hunting and fishing in the mountains of north Georgia and spending summers on his grandfather’s ranch in Montana. He always knew he wanted to pursue a lifestyle that involved the outdoors, specifically hunting. For a while, Alaska was only a dream in the back of his mind but, much like Bryan, Ben made it happen by contacting countless Alaskan outfitters and instantly clicked with the Chadd family. He loves the ruggedness and sheer beauty of Alaska and the challenges of hunting big game in the true wilderness. From chasing big game in Alaska and Montana for much of the year to running dogs and quail hunting in the winter back down south in Georgia, Ben lives the nomad life, moving with the seasons. No matter where he is or what he’s hunting, Ben is no doubt happiest in the great outdoors and wouldn’t trade this lifestyle for anything.