Head Guide/ Owner - Captain Ryan Gingerich
Captain Ryan Gingerich, founder of Gateway River Outfitters, has been hunting and fishing all of his life. Spending much of his childhood roaming the hills and howlers of east central Missouri. Ryan cut his teeth bow hunting for deer. Shooting several through his youth, he became bored chasing tail and was introduced by his younger brothers to duck hunting. His love of duck hunting is now evident as he never misses a single day of the season.
During the early part of his professional career he was a widely sought after horse behaviorist and rehabilitation specialist. After nearly 20 years in this business he turned to training hunting retrievers. Ryan’s program creates solid performing retrievers through consistent repetition, reinforcement and learning theory. Ryan uses no force or intimidation to train. Instead he uses the latest techniques in learning theory coupled with solid principles from the British school of training.
He is also published author, Ryan penned a best-selling book called “Beyond a Whisper, Training Horses with a New Language,” and produced and hosted an award winning television show called “The Behaviorist,” which was viewed by millions across the United States and Internationally. Ryan is a sought after speaker, having presented at every major horse event in the United States and Canada. As a true outdoorsman. Ryan has hunted all over the United States. From Sea Ducks on both coasts, to teal and wigeon in the bayou’s of Louisiana and mallards and geese to the north. Spending much of the off season in southwest florida guiding for saltwater fly fishermen. Capt. Ryan Gingerich knows his way around the pine island and ten thousand islands area.
Mac - A young dog, with only a half season under his belt. Still in training, Mac is Capt Ryan's new up and coming dog.
Anna - Capt Ryan's back up dog is a a Black female lab. She is good in the blind but not as driven as Mac. This will be her first year as a guide dog.