NPS' McNatt wins digital deer hunt

In a come-from-behind victory, the National Park Service's Jason McNatt won top honors in the Secretary's Shotgun Showdown, beating Secretary Zinke in a final round shootout. ​

Two men with toy rifles at the ready.
Secretary Zinke and Jason McNatt prepare to compete. DOI photo by Tami A. Heilemann.

This September and October, the Department and the Trump Administration ​put special emphasis on hunters and anglers, and the important role that sportsmen play in conservation.​ Every year, hunters and anglers contribute billions to wildlife and habitat conservation. They are the backbone of the American model of conservation.

To help celebrate ​Sportsmen’s ​Season and to bring the excitement of hunting and fishing to the Department, the arcade game “Big Buck Hunter Pro​" was temporarily placed in the Bison Bistro for competitive digital "hunts."

Interior's top players (Paul Davidson, Lionel Turner, Ryan Pierce and Jason McNatt, in order of high scores) shot it out for the right to take on the Secretary in a final showdown. Pierce beat Turner and McNatt beat Davidson in the first round. Then McNatt out-shot Pierce, emerging to challenge and beat Secretary Zinke.

All four finalists later joined the Secretary for a “Beverage on the Balcony.”

Four men stand with Secretary Ryan Zinke in his office.
Ryan Pierce (NPS), Jason McNatt (NPS), Secretary Ryan Zinke, Lionel Turner (Interior Credit Union), and Paul Davidson (NPS). Photo by Tami Heilemann, DOI.