Our Staff

Our professional guides and staff are committed to making sure you have a successful hunt. We offer 2-on-1 and 1-on-1 hunter/guide ratios, based on your personal preference. Most of our guides have been guiding at Banded Peak Ranches for years with some having guided on the ranch for well over a decade.

They know the country, the animals, and the techniques to put you in bow or rifle range of a trophy animal. Our chefs and staff ensure you are comfortable and well fed at camp guaranteeing your hunt experience is a once in lifetime, epic adventure.

Our year-round ranch managers (Tim Haarmann and Nick Olson) steward the ranches for improved forest health, wildlife habitat, water quality, and overall ecological sustainability. Wildlife are our top priority!  

Frank Simms, Outfitter

For over thirty years, Frank Simms has been a true fixture in the field of world class commercial big game outfitting. He has hunted from northern Alaska to southern Africa, and as a third generation New Mexican, Frank has been involved in the ranching business in New Mexico, Texas and Colorado all his life. In 1994 he founded Rio Brazos Outfitters, Inc., which is now the official operational representative for Banded Peak Ranch Outfitters. It is a true honor to have Frank on the BPRO team and his professional reputation is more than deserved.  

Tim Haarmann, General Operating Manager

Tim Haarmann has 25 years of experience in natural resources management. He serves as the Ranch Manager of the Banded Peak Ranch and the General Operating Manager of BPRO.  He has a PhD from the University of New Mexico in Biology with an emphasis in Ecosystem Ecology. Before coming to the Banded Peak Ranch, Tim worked in New Mexico as Ranch Manager on the 89,000 acre Valles Caldera National Preserve and at Los Alamos National Laboratory and was responsible for projects in natural resources management and planning, wildlife management, and forest/fire management. Tim coordinates all aspects of the hunts and is meticulous about providing our clients with an uncompromising hunt.



Randy Slaughter, Hunt General Manager/Low Camp Hunt Boss

Randy has been a professional hunting guide for 17 years and is well known throughout these parts. Randy serves as both the Hunt General Manager for all three ranches as well as the hunt boss for Low Camp.  Randy and his team "the wolf pack" of guides are dedicated to seeing that your hunt on our ranches is as memorable as possible. Randy strives to do everything within his power to ensure you have the quintessential high-country adventure.  



Nick Olson, Director of Operations

Nick Olson is the Catspaw Ranch Manager and BPRO Director of Operations. He has over 10 years of experience working with natural resources across the Americas. He has a Masters of Forestry from Yale University. Prior to joining the Catspaw Ranch and BPRO teams, Nick managed the school forests for Yale University overseeing research and operations related to water, wildlife, and timber. Nick works closely with the BPRO leadership to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience hunting in one of the wildest corners of the Rockies.

Nick Olson