Lil’ Toledo Deer & Turkey Program Director
I’m excited to announce that I’ve accepted the position here at Lil’ Toledo as the Deer & Turkey Program Director. For those of you who have read my blogs but don’t really know me, let me introduce myself. My name is Trace Goodwin, I’m 29 years old, from Erie, KS, and married to my beautiful wife & hunting partner, Deidre Goodwin. I’ve always called Southeast Kansas my home and at an early age I developed an interest in hunting and wildlife through the influence of my father. Through years of hunting and spending time in the outdoors, I’d say my interest became more of a passion and I wanted to cultivate that passion into something that I would hopefully one day call a career.
I attended Kansas State University where I dual majored in Wildlife Ecology & Management, which was geared towards the biological aspects of species and population management, and Wildlife & Outdoor Enterprise Management, that dealt with the business aspect of the outdoor and recreational world. After graduating, I moved to the panhandle of Texas and interned on a ranch that was in the process of developing a mule deer hunting and management operation. Although my internship was valuable and a great experience, upon completion I was ready to get back to the area and wildlife that I knew best in southeast Kansas. After returning, I worked for a period of time for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism while continuing my education by completing two courses offered by the Quality Deer Management Association on all the aspects of whitetail deer management.
Finally through all the moves, education, and jobs, I finally feel that I am where I belong, in Kansas managing for deer and turkey while sharing experiences with others who have the same passions that I do for God’s creation and for the hunt. I look forward to the future, the hunts, and the friendships that this position brings and hope to continue the legacy and prestige that Lil’ Toledo is known for.
Believe it or not, this was our honeymoon! A mule deer hunt in Colorado.
My dad and I on a successful turkey hunt this past spring!