Lonny Vanatta has been in the outfitting business for 30+ years in NW Colorado. Having grown up in Steamboat Springs in the 1960’s he developed a love for the outdoors and hunting big game. Lonny began guiding in high school and started Vanatta Outfitters in the 1980’s after a successful career as an alpine racer on the US alpine ski team and the Pro tour. An accomplished hunter, Lonny has taken over 100 animals with a bow including 17 that qualified for Pope & Young record books. In 1989 he took a world record Stone Sheep. Lonny completed his “grand slam” of sheep in 2013. His passion for the outdoors and hunting shows in every facet of the business that he built, to the property that we hunt.
Steve grew up in Nebraska with a strong connection to his family’s farm developing a passion for the the outdoors, and for hunting both big and small game. This led Steve to focus his attention on natural resource management and to a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from the University of Nebraska. Since, he has worked diligently for over 20 years in wildlife management, habitat restoration, and connecting many of all ages to our natural world and our hunting heritage. Moving to Steamboat Springs in 1996 he has worked the past 18 years as a District Wildlife Manager with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in the Steamboat Springs and Hayden areas. Steve has worked closely over this time with Wolf Mountain Ranch and Lonny Vanatta where he developed an excellent relationship with the ranch owner and staff.
In 2017 Lonny decided he was interested in selling his business and backing away from the day to day responsibilities of Vanatta Outfitters. Steve was a natural choice to succeed Lonny in ownership and over the next several months Lonny, Steve and Wolf Mountain Ranch, worked to make the transition in ownership seamless. In January 2018, Steve Znamenacek retired from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and started One80 Outdoors, Inc, dba Vanatta Outfitters. We are very thankful to have Lonny continuing to stay involved in Vanatta Outfitters as a business partner and guide.