Although born in Colorado, Darren Choate has lived in Arizona for over 40 years. The majority of his childhood years were spent as a young hunter growing up in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. After graduating high school, Choate served his country as an airman in the US Air Force for four years. For the majority of his tour, he was stationed in Alaska at Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, Alaska. After an honorable discharge, he returned to Arizona to attend Northern Arizona University, where he earned a Bachelors of Environmental Science and a Masters of Educational Technology. Happily married, he and his wife have two sons and reside in Arizona.
Darren is the Founder of Western Whitetail magazine, as well as the Editor of Whitetail Journal, Bowhunting World and Archery Business magazines with Grand View Outdoors. He is a voting member and supporter of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA). Additionally, Choate advocates for, and supports several conservation and hunters rights organizations. Although he lives in elk and Coues country, he enjoys hunting across the country and writing about his experiences. His articles have been published online and featured in magazines such as Western Whitetail, Western Hunter, Quality Whitetails, Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, Fur-Fish-Game, and Rocky Mountain Game & Fish Magazine.
“I am an avid hunter, conservationist, and an outdoor professional. Each year I spend countless hours in the field hunting big game in my home state of Arizona, and across the US. I especially enjoy hunting with my family and close friends. I have an undying passion for the preservation of our hunting heritage and ethical hunting. I enjoy sharing my passions with others through my writing.”