Jake Clark

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010

Jake Clark was born the eldest of seven children to John and Geneva Clark in 1950. He was raised to age 12 on the Whitt Ranch in Meeteetse, Wyoming and calving seasons. He started the Powell High School Rodeo Club in 1976 and served on the Wyoming High School Rodeo Association Board in 1995. He was a founding member of the Northwest Rodeo Council and served from 1998 to 2003.

In 1979, Jake purchased his first outfitting business from his great uncle, Ed Larson, of Meeteetse and named it Wyoming Wilderness Outfitters. He worked to develop the business, expanding it to include summer trips into Yellowstone National Park.

In 1985 Jake began his membership with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and he became Life Member #494 in March I989. He served as Ringman and managed the  National Convention Auction Crew from 1986- 2007. He also served as RMEF Board Member from 1993-1998 and as Liaison to the Outfitter Industry. Jack received the  RMEF's Outfitter Advisory Committee Service Award for 1996-97 and in 2004 Jake received the RMEF's Wallace Fennel Pate Award, the highest award bestowed to a volunteer. Jake Clark's Wyoming Wilderness Outfitters, as a member of Business Partners in Conservation, has raised $459,336  in donations for the RMEF.

Jake was one of seven outfitters on the Wyoming Centennial Wagon Train in 1990, serving as many as 70-100 guests a day on the 30-day trip. In 1998 he began Jake Clark's Mule Days, which is a nationally recognized five-day event consisting of seminars, mounted shooting, team sorting, a trail course, dinner, dance and an all mule rodeo, highlighted by a Select Saddle Mule Auction offering 110 of "America's Finest" saddle mules. Since 2006, donations collected through activities during Mule Days total $75,000 and have included endowments to Wyoming's 4-H Foundation, Wyoming FFA Foundation and the Arkansas FFA Foundation, as well as the American Cancer Society. Jake served on the Board of Directors of the Wyoming 4-H Foundation from 1999-2002.

Jake purchased the  Little Sunlight Basin Camp in 1995, the West Dunoir Camp northwest of Dubois in 2003 and the Wiggins Fork and Emerald Creek Camps north of Dubois in 2008 with son, Travis James Clark. Jake prides himself on making both summer trips and hunting experiences enjoyable for his clients, as well as any other outdoor adventurers he encounters along the trail. The Wyoming way of life and the basic cowboy creed are embedded in his every demeanor.

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