K&K Outfitters Guides and Staff

Kendall Kelso
Kendall KelsoOwner and Hunting Guide

Kendall was raised on farms in Southwest Iowa and Northwest Missouri. Now residing in Western Kansas, he runs the West Central Kansas Camp. He started hunting early in life, chasing raccoons with his older brother Kirk, and hunting deer, upland birds, and small game with his brothers and his father.

Kendall started a very successful jockey career in the National Quarter Horse racing circuit at age 16 and continued racing quarter horses for 17 years, winning some of the nation’s most prestigious races. In between races, he devoted his off time to one of his greatest passions: waterfowl hunting.

In 1998, Kendall and his brother Keaton started K&K Outfitters, guiding hunters from around the United States, Mexico, and Canada to impressive trophies.

Keaton Kelso
Keaton KelsoOwner and Guide

Keaton was also raised on farms in Southwest Iowa and Northwest Missouri. He now lives in Southeast Kansas where he runs the Southeast Kansas Camp. He spent much of his childhood in the field with his brothers and his father hunting small game and upland birds, taking his first deer at the age of 10.

During his teen years, Keaton spent hours with his brother Kendall chasing waterfowl on the marshes of Central Missouri before attending college at Pittsburg State University. After college he used his Communication degree to run several large non-profit organizations across Kansas assisting children with afterschool projects, mentoring, tutoring, and drug and alcohol prevention programs.

Keaton joined Kendall in opening K&K Outfitters in 1998, working part-time guiding on the weekends until 2005 when he went full-time guiding and helping run the business. In 1998, Kendall and his brother Keaton started K&K Outfitters, guiding hunters from around the United States, Mexico, and Canada to impressive trophies.

Kirk Kelso
Kirk KelsoGuide

Kirk, Kendall and Keaton’s oldest brother, is passionate about the outdoors. His passion grew from hunting quail, pheasants, deer, and running a large trapline on the family’s farm in Iowa. His professional hunting career began in 1985 when he moved from the Iowa farm to the deserts of the Southwest US, becoming one of the top outfitters and guides in Arizona, New Mexico, and “Old Mexico”.

In 2007, Kirk was honored by Sarafi Club International and named their North American Professional Outfitter of the Year.

“Kirk’s hunting career has led him across the globe in search of top prizes. He has collected all but the Rhino for his Big Five and all but the Stone Sheep for his Grand Slam. He has hunted across the US as well as Canada, collecting more than 120 different species.

His international experience includes hunts in Mexico, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Cameroon, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Spain, Mallorca, Argentina and Brazil.

Keaton joined Kendall in opening K&K Outfitters in 1998, working part-time guiding on the weekends until 2005 when he went full-time guiding and helping run the business. In 1998, Kendall and his brother Keaton started K&K Outfitters, guiding hunters from around the United States, Mexico, and Canada to impressive trophies.

Karen and Donna Kelso
Karen and Donna KelsoCooks

Keaton and Kendall’s mother, Donna, is the cook for the West Central Kansas Camp. Keaton’s wife, Karen, is the cook for the Southeast Kansas Camp. Both ladies take pride in the meals they serve hungry hunters. “Along with many compliments on the food, the ladies often hear that the hunters each gain 5 pounds on the trip.” You might have to go on a diet after leaving camp!

Keith Daniels
Keith DanielsGuide

Keith has been a guide at the West Central Camp since our first whitetail hunt in 2002. He runs a dairy farm in Southwest Missouri and guides throughout the fall hunts.

Doug Ewing
Doug EwingGuide

Doug, who has lived in Southeast Kansas his whole life, started as a guide at the Southeast Camp in 2014. He is an excellent woodsman and has harvested some spectacular Kansas whitetail deer with his archery equipment throughout his hunting years.

Mikey Hemkens
Mikey HemkensGuider

Mikey first went on a turkey hunt with us in the spring of 2009 and became a guide in the Central Camp in 2011.

In addition to guiding whitetail deer and turkey hunts for us, Mikey is a professional fly fishing and snowmobiling guide in the Teton Mountains in Jackson, Wyoming.

Jeremy Buckle
Jeremy BuckleGuide

Jeremy started guiding waterfowl hunts with K&K Outfitters in 2000. He now guides deer and turkey hunts in the Southeast camp. Jeremy is a full-time employee for the City of Girard, Kansas and guides in the fall.

Mark Bolte
Mark BolteTaxidermist

Mark began working for the Southeast Camp in 2007 and serves as the in-house taxidermist for K&K. Many of our clients have used Mark’s craftsmanship to mount their trophy kills.