By Ann Gill (M.A., ’76)
Camie Haskins (B.S., ’05) grew up in Maybell, an unincorporated small town just west of Craig, Colorado. When she started applying to colleges, she was offered “a handful of rodeo scholarships.” She competed in barrel racing, team roping, and breakaway roping. Camie chose to attend Colorado State University because she liked the campus, the agricultural business program, and the rodeo team.
While at CSU, Camie says she spent most of her free time with horses. She also liked to shop in Fort Collins. Her best memories, however, are of the great friends she made; she remains in contact with many of them, including her best friend, who served as maid of honor at her wedding. She also fondly remembers a favorite professor, Dr. Norm Dalsted.
After graduation, despite swearing she would never go back to Craig, Camie moved home. She says she had learned “there were lots worse places than Craig.” Initially, she worked in her mother’s small general store in Maybell. She also continued to barrel race in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association and competed in multiple events in the Colorado Pro Rodeo Association.
Her love of rodeo can be traced back to her father, who rodeoed professionally. He also was a real estate broker. After buying some real estate herself, Camie obtained an appraiser license, and from 2006-08, she did an apprenticeship with an appraiser. She was offered a full-time position as deputy assessor and appraiser for Moffat County in 2012, a position she held until 2018.
Upon her return to Craig, Camie began dating Casey Herod, a fellow she had dated in high school, and they eventually married. As the couple talked about their future, they saw a need in the area for outfitters. In addition to being a professional rodeo competitor, Camie’s father had been a hunting guide on the Williams Fork River for more than 25 years, and Casey’s grandfather was an outfitter. She and Casey grew up being knowledgeable about hunting trips and, specifically, preparing and leading others on trips. This background led the couple to start Double H Outfitters in 2014. The company started small, but after a few years had 250 clients.
The couple also owned the Roto Rooter franchise in the area as well as Herod Industries, which provided services to the mines, power plants, and oil field in the area. They sold these companies in 2016 to focus their time on the Double H. Their involvement in the horse industry led them to a partnership owning Darkelly, a leading barrel horse sire. They have since raised some outstanding horses.
In 2021, they sold Double H Outfitters but were retained to run it. Customers contract for 3- to 7-day hunting trips, depending on the season and what they are hunting—antelope, mule deer, elk, bobcat, or mountain lion. Archery season is in August, but the main hunting seasons run through November. The season for mountain lions begins after that. Professional guides lead these hunts.
The Double H Outfitters’ clients, the majority of whom come from out of state, book a year in advance. To participate in a hunt, clients must show proof of proper hunter safety education. While on site, they stay in a “world-class lodge” with food that “can’t be beat.” Hunting occurs on three huge ranches in the area as well as on public land. The Double H Outfitter website notes: “All or part of this operation is conducted on public lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.”
COVID has affected this business like most others, but Camie reports they have had very few pandemic-related issues. Indeed, she feels thankful to have something to do during this difficult time. Despite the pandemic, the couple embrace Craig and Moffat County as a truly wonderful place to live. They love running this business, rodeoing, fishing, and spending time with friends and their infant son Hazen.