Chad Waligura's  Field Journal
Bio:

I grew up hunting on the Texas gulf coast, and really fell in love with it when my dad took me duck hunting when I was about 12. From that day on, I knew I’d be involved with hunting for the rest of my life.

When I was paralyzed in the summer of 1986 in a diving accident, it was the one thing I knew I could not give up on. Three months later, I was back in the woods deer hunting. Eighteen years later, Streamlight & Buckmasters’ American Deer Foundation voted me Challenged Hunter of the Year for 2004.

In the meantime, I’ve been going afield after big game all across the United States and in three different countries. I created a website called Follow Me Outdoors in 1996 which has been one of the longest running and most extensive websites for disabled outdoors & recreation.

I started free lancing for magazines across the west because that was more interesting for me. I've been published in Rack Magazine, King's Hunting Illustrated, Eastman's Hunting Journal, Horizontal Bowhunter Magazine, United Federation For Disabled Archer's Magazine, and Turkey & Turkey Hunting magazine.

I have a degree in Wildlife & Fisheries Science and another in Counseling from Texas A&M and the University of Houston, respectively. I suppose both are a study of animals. But lately I’ve been more involved in hunting than ever before.

In 2010, Safari Club International chose me for their Pathfinder award for accomplished disabled hunters who have also lead others back afield. In the fall of that year, I launched Disabled Hunter Magazine, a digital publication designed for challenged outdoorsmen and women. And in 2011, I was named to the Outdoor Life 25 as an innovator in the hunting world for that year.

I look forward to keeping up my field journal and take you with me on all my outdoor trips.



"Mule Deer" Hunt - Day 3 & 4 -12/20/2011
That afternoon after I’d put the smack-down on the wide 8 point, we set my dad up overlooking the area where I’d taken him because we’d seen two more good bucks hanging around there and there were ...
"Mule Deer" Hunt - Day 3 -12/20/2011
The next morning was one of the kind you dream about seeing in west Texas... 22 degrees, still, clear, frost on the ground.  We left camp 40 minutes earlier this time to make sure we had tim ...
West Texas "Mule Deer" Hunt -12/20/2011
A cool north wind and a clearing sky met us at Iraan, Tx., when we drove in about lunchtime last Sunday. It had been nice seeing all the rain that day, but I planned on getting in the jeep that a ...
Blind Man Goes on First Duck Hunt -10/19/2011
A month prior to our annual group teal hunt this September, I seriously considered cancelling it. There was no end to the drought in Texas and half of the duck ponds we would’ve had to hunt were as d ...
Abilities Expo - Houston -08/30/2011
I made it up to my first Abilities Expo last weekend in Houston at Reliant Park and was not disappointed. I just recently found out them when I discovered that their newsletter, The Buzz , ...
Namibia - Final Day -07/31/2011
It was our last day in the bush, and with another pristine morning dawning in Namibia, the sweltering 97 degree heat of the Texas coast actually seemed 10,000 miles away (which wasn't that far off the ...
Namibia - Day 9 -07/20/2011
A strange thing happened today.  I felt something that I'd never had before on a trip, a kind of sadness.  I knew I'd be leaving soon, and with two days left on my safari, I wholeheartedly d ...
Namibia - Day 8 -07/13/2011
Some blogs I've written took some effort to put together.  This one is not going to be one of those times.  Today was one of the greatest days of the trip...  and it all happened before ...
Namibia - Day 7 -07/11/2011
Got up at 5 again this morning.  Left camp before sunrise.  We wanted to get in the blind early today.  If zebra came to drink, we were going to be there ready. The sun was just up whe ...
Namibia - Day 6 -07/08/2011
We were still basking in the glory of the kudu kill over breakfast this morning, a late breakfast.  We pushed back our wake-up call to 7am this morning instead of 5 since I had therapy last night ...
Namibia - Day 5 -07/06/2011
I forgot to tell you about the conversation I had with Rudie before we ever started the safari. It's one that every hunter should have with his PH. We talked about what animals we'd be going after ...
Namibia - Day 4 -06/30/2011
Let me start today's entry by trying to give you some idea about how remote and pristine this country is. When we left Windhoek, we had a 3.5 hour drive north to get to Mount Etjo lodge. Duri ...
Namibia - Day 3 -06/23/2011
It was an excelsior day in the bush today. At Elephant lodge (the hunting camp), a soft 5 a.m. knock at the door and a friendly “good morning” got us stirring. We were to meet in the breakfast room at ...
Namibia - Day 1 & 2 -06/21/2011
We're in Namibia finally! And at a computer after 3 days in the bushveld.  The 14.5 hr flight from Atlanta to JoBurg went by quickly and our hosts from Afton Guest House were waiting in the ...
Utah Draw! -05/29/2011
Hey I wanted you guys to be the first to know that I drew a mule deer tag for the southern region of Utah!  It'll be my first hunt out there and I'll be guided by a friend of mine, Blaine Saunder ...
The Road to Namibia -05/27/2011
I'd often wondered what it would take to make it to Africa someday, all that goes into the planning, prep and packing, especially the packing.  Well, since today is a week and two days away from ...
Turkeys Biting the Dust -04/28/2011
Leave it to a drought to teach me some new lessons in turkey hunting. The thought certainly never occurred to me before this year that a turkey hen might refuse to nest, or that the older toms would ...
SCI Convention - Awards Night -02/10/2011
The Pathfinder award presentation for Chad Waligura and Rick Ramsey.  Respresentatives from Oelofse Safaris, Sandhurst Safaris, Highveld taxidermy and Fauna & Flora support us onstage. ...
SCI Convention - Day 2 -02/05/2011
Made it over to the convention hall about 9:40am this morning. Eva Wilson & Ron Bartels were both waiting there for me at the Humanitarian Services booth. (That's the branch of safari club that ru ...
Safari Club Convention - Reno -02/04/2011
Landed in Reno, NV, about 10:30am last Thursday and my excitement level was peaking to finally be here. There was an accessible shuttle to Harrah’s, but since we'd have to wait a half hour for it, so ...

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