“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature, and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be…” – Anne Frank
That quote has been on the front page of my Follow Me Outdoors ever since I first read it. Seemed to me like it exposed the simple truth of what my life as a disabled hunter has always been about, and also what I’d like Disabled Hunter Magazine to be built on.
Growing up in a small town on the Texas gulf coast, I fell in love with the outdoors when I was nearly 12 years old when my dad took me duck hunting. From that day on, I knew it would be a part of my life forever.
When I was paralyzed at 17 during the summer of 1986 after a diving accident, it was the one thing I knew I could never give up. Three months of rehab later, I was back in the woods with my dad learning how to hunt again. Eighteen years later, Buckmasters’ American Deer Foundation voted me Challenged Hunter of the Year. And six years after that, Safari Club International chose me for their Pathfinder Award!
In the meantime, I’d been going afield wing-shooting & big game hunting across the United States and in 3 different countries. I started a site called Follow Me Outdoors to chronicle some of my trips and provide an information source for those looking for disabled outdoors & rec info.
It wasn’t long before I began free-lancing for hunting magazines anytime I had a big hunt or stumbled across an interesting story, getting published in Rack Magazine, King’s Hunting Illustrated, Eastman’s Hunting Journal, Horizontal Bowhunter Magazine, UFFDA Magazine, and Turkey & Turkey Hunting magazine, along the way.
Which pretty much leads me to where I sit today, poised at the starting gate of an online magazine that will be “by” and “for” and “all about” disabled outdoors. I really look forward to taking you with me on these trips. I hope you enjoy them…