Rick Fowler has been a freelance outdoor writer for the past 24 years. His articles have been published in numerous magazine such as MICHIGAN OUTDOOR NEWS, WOODS-N-WATER, HOOKS AND BULLETS, MIDWEST OUTDOORS, THE MACKINAC JOURNAL, THE PORCUPINE PRESS, MICHIGAN OUT OF DOORS, FLYFISHING and is also a columnist for GOOD LIFE magazine. He has won two Reader’s Choice Awards as a Michigan Section writer for MIDWEST OUTDOORS and three Craft Awards with MOWA
Growing up in northwest Michigan gave him ample opportunities to fish and hunt. “Plus for the past 25 years we have owned a cottage in the Upper Peninsula on
South Manistique Lake. This means I have even more acreage and miles and miles of water to explore from both locales.”
As a youngster, he like so many others was influenced by watching Mort Neff on the original Michigan-Out-Of-Doors show. “It whet my outdoor spirit.” However, he also remembers the words from his dad who often would remark, “You are never too to learn!”
“I try to keep this in mind every time I’m on the water or in the woods. It helps keep things in perspective.”
Rick’s advice to those who are new to the outdoors is “Just like writers need to write everyday to excel, if you want to enjoy the outdoors you need to get outdoors in all four seasons. Take a walk, take binoculars or take your tent. Outdoors is the ultimate field trip.”
Rick is a retired High School English teacher. He and his wife Sue reside in Harbor Springs, Michigan.