Despite growing up around his outdoors-enthusiast grandfather in the Adirondacks of upstate New York, Scott Eisenhauer didn’t really jump feet first into the sport of hunting until he moved to Alaska as an adult. By the time he relocated to the state of Washington and began waterfowling in the mid-1990s, he had full-on caught the bug, and Ducks Unlimited caught his attention.
“I was invited to a Federal Way Chapter meeting about 10 years ago, right before I retired from the military,” said Scott, who served 23 years on active duty with the Army and retired in 2008 as a Lieutenant Colonel. “I attended one of their committee meetings and was interested in what they did in terms of grassroots fundraising and their banquets. They were open to letting me support the organization at my pace and took a softer approach that I really appreciated, which let me explore what my interests might be.”
Scott first joined DU looking for more potential hunting opportunities and quickly found a kinship with other members. As time passed, his interests and passions migrated towards spreading DU’s conservation message, and he became more involved with the state leadership. Today, Scott is the incoming Chairman-elect for the state of Washington and officially takes over the position in June.
“I’m looking forward to becoming the state chair. I’ve been helping out the current Chairman, Mike Nilsen, as the assistant for the past couple years, and it’s given me an opportunity to get out and see the chapters across the state and attend their events. I’ve been able to see what their challenges are and what they are doing successfully so that I can pass that on to the other committees.
“I think as a state we’re headed in the right direction. Numbers were up last year in a positive trend and we want to see that continue over the next several years.”
Scott and his wife, Melissa, live in Maple Valley, Washington and keep busy taking care of Melissa’s many animals, ranging from canaries to chickens to rescue llamas.