Safari Club International has recognized Michigan House Floor Leader Triston Cole as its 2018 State Legislator of the Year. Rep. Cole represents Michigan's 105th District, which includes Antrim, Otsego, Charlevoix, Montmorency and Oscoda counties.
Leader Cole is a lifelong hunter and former professional guide. SCI salutes his efforts to advance legislation that defends the right to hunt, protects the Second Amendment and highlights the valuable role hunting plays in wildlife management and conservation.
"As a lifelong sportsman being in a position to influence the future of hunting, fishing and conservation, it is truly an honor," said Rep. Cole. "I truly enjoy helping lead Michigan's legislative sportsman caucus, bringing together lawmakers for the purpose of introducing them to the activities that are not only a passion, but a way of life for so many. It's been an honor to work alongside SCI every step of the way."
Triston followed his passion for the outdoors from an early age, becoming an experienced hunting guide while a teen and spending 15 years in the hunting and guiding industry. In 2000, he and his wife started a family farm from scratch and became a small-business owner whose farm provides fruits, vegetables and shiitake mushrooms for local direct market sales. When not working the land, Triston was a truck driver and agricultural teacher.
"From sharing pictures of black bears on my front porch, to pictures of successful family deer hunts and finding morel mushrooms, I seek out opportunities to share and teach the message of conservation to policy makers."
"Triston Cole is an outstanding leader in the Michigan Legislature and everyone at SCI appreciates the impact he is making in the defense of hunting and conservation. We are honored to present him with SCI's 2018 State Legislator of the Year," said SCI President Paul Babaz. "His zeal and passion for hunting is real and it is truly encouraging for all hunters to see a leader who knows firsthand the true value and need for hunting is in service to the people of his district and state."