A native New Mexican, Jesse Deubel spent his early years growing up in the Village of La Puebla near Espanola, New Mexico. His earliest memories include following his Dad through knee-deep, snow in the Carson National Forest in search of mule deer when he was 6. By age 12 Jesse had experienced his first, “true” backcountry hunt for wild turkey 8 miles deep into the Aldo Leopold Wilderness in SW New Mexico. At 15 Jesse harvested his first elk with a bow and arrow miles into the Gila Wilderness. Meanwhile his Dad nervously waited in camp well into the dark until his exhausted young teenager finally stumbled into the light of the fire.
As a teenager Jesse was very active and involved with the Sandia Crest Bowhunter’s Association. During his early adult years he juggled work, studies at the University of New Mexico and his passionate dedication to serving on the Albuquerque Committee of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. His love and support of the RMEF continues today. In 2010 Jesse worked with other committed bowhunters to found the United Bowhunters of New Mexico. He has led the UBNM as their President since their formation. In addition to fighting for NM Sportsmen through the UBNM, Jesse has been intricately involved with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and recently worked with BHA in Washington, DC to fight for the permanent re-authorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.