Hailing from Ripon, Calif., John Kamps grew up hunting pheasant, duck and deer with his father. After graduating high school, he attended Georgia Tech then moved south to the town of Pomona for three years before making the trek back to Ripon.
The propane industry is a Kamps family affair. John’s dad was in the industry since 1949, but John’s foray into the business put him in direct competition with his dad. When John’s dad decided shortly after that it was a good time to retire, John started Kamps Propane. The multifaceted business includes home propane deliveries, retail sales to private homes and wholesaling to large businesses all the way to North Dakota and most states in between.
John’s wife, Jillian, is originally from Stockton, Calif. The two met during a traffic jam in Manteca, Calif. They have been married for 21 years and have two daughters. In 1989 John went on his first safari, where he ambitiously took the Big Five. It was a seminal moment for John Kamps and the start of a life that would include hunting in exotic lands. He was hooked. But, John is an equal opportunity hunter who enjoys all types of game and is willing to travel great distances in the pursuit. Hunting sheep is particularly challenging and appealing to him, but when pressed to pick a favorite game animal, John explains he has no favorites as each offers a unique challenge.
Jill shares John’s enthusiasm for hunting and is a natural wing shooter—so much so that she has an easier time hitting moving game than game that is static. This was evident when the two were hunting in New Zealand and Jill missed a fallow deer from a rest. When the shot spurred the animal to run, she casually swung her rifle and hit the running deer—at 220 yards! John is active with Safari Club International (SCI), Ducks Unlimited (DU) and the National Rifle Association (NRA) Hunters’ Leadership Forum’s President’s Founders Club.
We can say with certainty that the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation Board of Directors is very pleased to have John Kamps on the team.