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Three New Members Join the Mule Deer Foundation Board of Directors

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Mule Deer Foundation(MDF) announced today the election of three new members to their Board of Directors. Farley Hicks of Elko, Nev., Bob Jacobs of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Pat Crank of Cheyenne, Wyo., were elected to the MDF Board of Director’s meeting held recently in Denver, Colo.

Farley Hicks is a Logistics Director for Barrick Goldstrike Mines, Inc., one of the world’s largest gold mines, located in Elko, Nev. He has training in military and occupational logistics, interaction management and other areas as well. He has held several service manager and supervisory positions in maintenance and now manages logistics, warehousing, and asset recovery for Barrick. Farley has been MDF’s Nevada State Volunteer Chair and is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for Nevada. He also has been Chapter Chair for the Great Basin Chapter, which has been one of the top MDF Chapters for the past two years. Farley has demonstrated a real commitment to our youth – through his 22 years of involvement with the Benevolent and Professional Order of Elks, Farley has organized many youth activities. He has a real passion for mule deer and wantsto devote even greater energy to reverse the declining population of this species.

Bob Jacobs has resided in Flagstaff, Ariz., for the past 35 years and is the owner/president and founder of Personnel Safety Enterprises. Bob is also currently president of the Zee Medical Distributor’s Association, which is a group of independent distributors of industrial first aid products to commercial accounts. He has a BS in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University. Bob has been the Flagstaff Chapter Chair of the MDF since 2001. As Chapter Chair, he has worked closely with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the Forest Service, the BLM, RMEF and the Arizona Deer Association. He enjoys high credibility with the Arizona Game and Fish Department which is reflected in his being nominated for consideration for their State Game and Fish Commission. Bob believes the skills that have enabled him to be successful in business will enable him to be an effective Board Member, with the bottom line being to reverse the decline in our mule deer populations.

Patrick Crank is an attorney residing in Cheyenne, Wyo. He is currently affiliated with Speight, McCue, and Crank, P.C. Attorneys at Law. He served as the Wyoming Attorney General between January 2003 and September 2007. As Attorney General he was responsible for approximately 250 employees with a budget of about $35 million dollars. He also served as Assistant United States Attorney and Assistant District Attorney. He enjoys an excellent relationship with the Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and their Commissioners. He has a strong interest in protecting mule deer habitat from the rapidly expanding development occurring throughout the West. He has worked closely on Endangered Species issues, representing Wyoming on efforts to delist the grizzly bear, wolves and other federally-listed species. He has worked closely with wildlife and agricultural organizations on issues involving mule deer, as well as other ungulates such as elk, moose and bighorn sheep. Patrick has a strong interest in preserving the West’s hunting legacy and is inspired by the trophy aspects of the mule deer.

MDF Chairman of the Board Stan Lueck said, “I am excited to welcome these three gentlemen to the Board. They each bring a great knowledge of mule deer, fundraising and business experience to our organization.” He continued, “The addition of these gentlemen to the Board gives us representation in three key mule deer states. I look forward to working with them on increasing MDF’s leadership in the conservation community and fulfilling MDF’s mission to ensure the conservation of mule deer.”

Lueck concluded, saying, “I would also like to recognize two members leaving the MDF Board at the end of December. Sam Florence of Boise, Idaho, who has been a MDF Board member for eight years and Brian Frazier of Argyle, Texas, who has been a Board member for three years.”


About MDF ( The Mule Deer Foundation is a national non-profit 501c3 organization, with over 10,000 members. MDF’s mission is to ensure the conservation of mule deer, black-tailed deer and their habitats. For information about the Mule Deer Foundation please call 1-888-375-DEER (3337).


Kevin Paulson

Kevin Paulson is the Founder and CEO of His passion for Hunting began at the age of 5 hunting alongside of his father. Kevin has followed his dreams through outfitting, conservation work, videography and hunting trips around the world.

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