Owner / Operator
Gary has been a lifelong resident of Midland County. For the past 12 years Gary has been teaching Welding and Building Trades at Bullock Creek and also teaches at Delta College. He obtained his undergraduate Degrees from Central Michigan University & Michigan State University.
In 2008, he obtained a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. He enjoys Hunting and the outdoors.
Land Owner / Operator
Curt was born and raised in Midland, Michigan. He Attended Ferris State University; formerly known as Ferris College. He then Transferred to Central Michigan University where he earned an Education Degree in Industrial Arts. In 1967, Curt was hired at Meridian Public Schools where he taught Building Trades, Welding, Wood Shop and General Shop.
During this time Curt was also a Township Supervisor for Ingersoll Township in Midland County. Curt held his public office for 35 years beginning in 1975. After 30 years of teaching at Meridian High School, Curt retired in 1997. He now spends his time farming and taking on several construction projects. Curt also spends many hours here at the Bird Preserve making improvements and enjoying this land and farm.
Thanks to his many efforts Fasan Jager Upland Preserve, continues to improve and grow, each year! Curt is married to Barb (Ellis) Shaffner they have three children Rita (Budde), Gail (Jeffery), and Gary C. Shaffner. Curt and Barb have been Married for 51 years respectably and have lived in their family home since 1970. They even find a few months each year to relax in Florida.
~Thank you Dad for your constant support~
Jim has been a lifelong resident of the Sanford and Midland area. Jim is a retired GM employee. He is an experienced field guide and hunter. He has been guiding for approximately 10 years.
Besides hunting he also coaches softball in his spare time with his son Justin. Jim is also an “experienced” story teller!