Charles Allen is a graduate wildlife biologist and Forester receiving his Master’s Degree in 1975. He graduated with honors as a member of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society. He began his career as a practicing biologist in 1977 as the Wildlife Programs Manager for St. Regis Paper Co. and worked in that field for 13 years. He is the author of nine technical wildlife management articles published in wildlife journals and symposia. He was appointed as the Director of the Wildlife Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. 1987—1989 where he provided direction for wildlife programs statewide and oversaw 172 employees and administered the $8.0 M budgeted department. He has received numerous state and national awards for his work with wildlife and conservation programs.

Charles was the developer of “Rattlin’ Horns” the first synthetic deer rattling horns in 1984 and marketed them through WalMart for the next nine years.

Charles and his wife Jody of 26 years began operating on the Tsiu River in SE Alaska in 1989 and founded The Alaska Expedition Co. in 1991. Charles founded and is the President/Owner of Knives of Alaska, Inc. and DiamondBlade Knives LLC. He is a commercial/instrument rated pilot with over 3500 hours of Alaska flight time.

He sold the lodge on the Tsiu River to Jason and Leslie Semler in 2019 and both Charles and Jody continue to work with them providing guiding, mentoring, piloting, and client support.



Jason Semler (pictured left) and his wife Leslie own and operate Alaska Expedition Lodge. Together as a team they help guide outdoorsman from all over the world to a memorable Alaskan experience. Jason, raised in Alaska, is a pilot, Alaska Registered Guide, USCG Licensed Captain and Alaska Fishing Guide. Jason has started from the bottom in his career first becoming a fishing guide and working under the watch of an Alaska Master Guide for many years to then becoming an Alaskan Registered Guide and Bush Pilot.

Jason learned the ways of managing a successful operation and then how to safely pilot a super cub in the Alaskan bush. Today, Jason and Master Guide Charles Allen work together at Alaska Expedition where Jason continues to expand his knowledge from yet another successful Master Guide. Jason and his wife Leslie have made the Alaskan Lodge business a lifestyle and look forward to many more years of guiding sportsman in Alaska.