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Staff Information

Greg Simons - Company Owner

Simons formed WSI upon graduation from Texas A & M University in 1987. In addition to his busy schedule overseeing the general management of WSI, Simons has also been involved with a multitude of industry and civic related activities. He is past officer of Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, co-founder of West Texas Deer Study Group which has hosted 8 different symposium type meetings, board member and officer of Texas Wildlife Association and past Region 3 Chair for TWA, and currently serves as chairman of San Angelo CVB board. He has served on numerous committees, including White-tailed Deer Advisory Committee for the State of Texas, TWA Deer Advisory Committee, and has been involved with the highly successful Texas Brigades youth camps with fundraising and other associated activities. Simons has been called on to give a wide range of seminars and programs across the Country including entrepreneur related topics, marketing hunting, outfitting hunting trips, wildlife habitat related topics, harvest photography, and other enterprise type topics. He has served as an expert witness in court cases, and is also former co-owner of Texas Hunting Directory. Simons has hunted around the globe including 6 foreign countries. He, his wife Deborah and their two children reside in San Angelo.


Ruben Fernandez - Field Manager

Ruben is a consummate outdoorsman. Growing up in San Angelo, he has spent most of his adult life in the field, either working on ranches or fishing, trapping, and hunting. For several years he worked full time for a large ranching enterprise near San Angelo. He has regularly worked as a hunting guide since the early 1990’s, has fished competitively, and trapped as a part time business venture. Ruben is good with his hands and as field manager for WSI, he oversees a variety of related projects from carpentry to plumbing, masonry to welding, and just about anything else that needs to be done. He runs several camps during our busy seasons and he and his family still reside in San Angelo.

Deborah Simons - Controller & Special Projects

Deborah grew up in Houston and met WSI owner Greg Simons while attending Texas A & M University. After moving to San Angelo in 1988, she finished up with a math degree from Angelo State University, though those around her say she should have been a computer science major. Indeed she is a wiz on computers and is closely involved with WSI’s computer needs from designing brochures, updating our website, and troubleshooting computer related problems. She takes care of WSI books including receivables and payables, and also assists on other miscellaneous matters. Deborah is a very active volunteer especially with activities associated with her children including school functions, Boy Scouts, and coaching her daughter’s basketball team. She is an active tennis player and competes locally in a USTA sanctioned amateur league. She grew up deer hunting with her dad and though she seldom gets to hunt anymore, she has an appreciation for hunting and the outdoors.

Jennifer Arrott - Office Manager/Special Projects

Jennifer has a strong background in office management related activities, and she also has a great deal of experience in the hunting business. She has specialized in website development for hunting operations. She has also spent considerable time working in several marketing mediums.



Jackie Murphy - Guide

Jackie grew up in Brownfield, Texas and left after high school to attend Texas Tech University. He graduated with an accounting degree and worked as a CPA for a “Big Eight” firm and other companies for 20 plus years. Following his lifelong dream, he then attended a guide’s school in Colorado and hasn’t looked back since. He serves us as a camp manager and guide throughout the entire year and has one of the strongest work ethics as anybody we know. He’s been around since 2005.



Mike Messman - Guide

Father of two, Mike, has guided for WSI for multiple years (2003). He calls Kerrville home and runs a lawn care business when he’s not in one of our camps. You won’t meet a nicer guy than Mike.


Gabe Price - Guide

Where do you start? Gabe lives in Harper, TX with his wife and 3 kids. He owns Gabe’s Lawn Care and an oilfield service company. Gabe has been a camp manager/guide for WSI since 1997. With his humor, optimistic attitude, and endless energy, he will give you a hunt not soon to be forgotten.


Don Richardson - Guide

Don or “Bass” has been around longer than anybody else. After returning from Vietnam, he made a career as a fireman serving under Captain Benny Simons (Greg’s father). When Mr. Simons was busy working, Don would take Greg hunting with him and has been helping WSI as a camp manager/guide since 2001. Don has lived the majority of his life around Mesquite, TX and currently lives in Wylie.


Eric Henard - Guide

From Trinidad, TX hails our local bow expert, Eric. Introduced to WSI in 2002, Eric has been serving WSI as both a cook and guide. He repaired/installed appliances, HVAC’s, and carpet for many years and now spends the off-season selling and repairing bows. He is dern sure handy to have around and there is no doubt that Eric has the biggest heart of any fellow we know.


Dr. Scott Keating - Guide

Scott (or One-Shot) has been guiding part-time for WSI since 1995. Having spent most of his life in the agriculture industry, One-Shot, received his doctorate at the age of 58 in rangeland ecology and now owns two consulting companies that keep him busy when he isn’t working with WSI as a guide. With his unique personality filled with flare and the fact that he is always prepared, Scott is no doubt a “full service guide.”


Mike Gray - Guide

When Mike isn’t selling Ag chemicals he prefers to be out in the field. He has been serving WSI as a guide since 2000 on both the La Rucia and H. Yturria Ranches and calls south Texas home.



Mike Palermo - Guide

When Mike isn’t running his taxidermy business (Mike Palermo Taxidermy) or hanging out with his wife, you can find him in a Wildlife Systems whitetail camp. He grew up in Bryan, Texas where he learned the taxidermy business from his father and is where he met Greg Simons in the mid 80’s. He began guiding in 1989.


Albert Hernandez - Guide

Albert and his wife, Selina, live in Falfurrias, TX along with their two sons where he has lived his entire life. He has worked for the La Rucia Ranch since 1999 and is currently the ranch foreman.



David Griffith - Cook

After 24 years of teaching Ag. Science, acting as a paramedic after hours, and catering in between, David is enjoying semi-retirement. Fortunately, for WSI he loves to cook and spends ample time throughout the year keeping hunters’, guides’, and Greg’s bellies full and has since 2004. Between Wildlife Systems and his wife, grandkids, church, and other cooking jobs he is one busy man.



Cade Bonn - Guide

While attending Texas A&M, Cade interned with WSI for 4 consecutive years starting in 2004. He was raised just outside of Fredericksburg, TX where he resides today and manages a wildlife/cattle ranch. He guides part-time and is an avid hunter himself.



Eddie Curry - Guide

Captain Eddie lives in Riviera and owns/operates a guided fishing service off of the coast of Texas. When not fishing, you can find Capt. Eddie guiding on our South Texas properties. He began is part-time duties with WSI in the winter of 2009.


Rudy Bazan - Guide

Rudy works for H. Yturria Land & Cattle Company and serves as Ranch Foreman. He is a South Texas native and has worked for H. Yturria Ranches since 1995. Prior to that Rudy worked for the Texas Animal Health Commission where he served as an Animal Health Inspector. After 33 years of service he retired and went to work for the H. Yturria Ranches fulltime. He helps assist Wildlife Systems on most of the activities on all the Yturria properties including whitetail deer and nilgai antelope hunts.


Ed Elmore - Guide

Georgian, Ed, has helped Wildlife Systems guide during whitetail season since 2007. He spent his career in the education field, mostly as a high school principal and now enjoys spending his time in the field and with family.



Mike Lassig - Guide

Native to the Valley in South Texas, Mike has spent his whole life outdoors. He is married with 2 kids and was raised on a farm/ranch and continues to farm today. When not working, one can generally find him hunting. He killed his first deer when he was 9 years old and hasn’t slowed down since. He has a number of different species across much of the western US.

  Born and raised in South Texas, Richard developed an interest in cooking early on. After graduation from Texas A&M Univ., Kingsville, he traveled the state as a working cowboy on the King Ranch, TicTacToe, L Bar, 77, and SA Bar ranches. During a career as a cowboy/ranch manager, he continued to hone his skills as a chef, developing his culinary ability and recipes to cater to an ever growing demand for his services. These recipes have satisfied even the most discriminating politicians, celebrities, professional athletes, ranch gatherings, family and friends.  Today, Richard and his wife, Renee, own and operate Broken Spoke Cattle Company in Live Oak County, featuring crossbred cattle and a 27 year commitment to wildlife management and conservation.

WSI Staff

WSI also employs many individuals on a part-time and seasonal basis that serve as guides, cooks, technicians, and assistants.

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