Our children take their flight into the future with our thrust and with our aim. And even as we anxiously watch that arrow in flight and know all the evils that can deflect it course after it has left our hand, nevertheless we take courage in remembering the most important mortal factor in determining that arrow’s destination will be the stability, strength, and unwavering certainty of the holder of the bow.
–Jeffrey R. Holland
And hand us the bow is quite literally what our families did. The dynamic duo that makes up Devoted Outdoors is Mike and Megan. We are a hunting couple located in Lincoln NE. Professionally we are both Firefighter/Paramedics serving the community in different ways. Megan works at the local trauma center in Lincoln and Mike teaches paramedicine, is a flight paramedic for Air Methods as well a volunteer for an agency north of Lincoln. We’re on the chase hunting both public and private properties here in southeast Nebraska.
Our goal through Devoted Outdoors and Chasin Whitetails Media/Heartbeat TV is to spread devotion for the love of the hunt through God, family, and the outdoors. Speaking of family outside of the two of us is a little pint sized six year huntress named Madi who through our family adventures will learn the lessons imparted from our families of freedom earned through her hard work and manual labor.
For both Mike and Megan, hunting growing up was perhaps sometimes a necessity to put food on the table but also a family tradition passed down through generations. Through Megan’s father/grandfather and Mike’s grandfather a hunger to provide and primal connection and love for the outdoors was cultivated. It’s been a journey that taught us both about love, patience, hard work, appreciation, how to listen, and the greatest lesson of all that no matter the time of day, time of year, how little or how much you’ve been out…in the woods is where we return to reason and faith.
So as if all of the snazzy stuff we could say about family traditions, bonding of generations, and basically all of awesome attributes engrained in us from being raised a hunter/huntress wasn’t enough it’s safe to say our favorite benefit is the time freeze. In a concrete jungle that focuses so much on iphones, ipads, ipods, and i anything that makes you feel the least connected to nature as possible, it seems nobody has time to focus on what really matters. Nobody has the time to expunge the stresses of the 9-5, or in our cases the 12 and 24 hour shifts. Except when you slap on the face paint, pick up the bow and walk out into nature it all changes; it becomes the best exhale and inhale of your life. This round busy world crumbles, falls flat, and for a thread in time you become the only existing person. It’s back to the roots of your existence, observing its creatures, and perhaps being blessed to harvest its creatures to nourish your family. For one brief moment it’s what we like to call a time freeze; a snapshot of what I imagine heaven must be like. Which makes me recall an anonymous quote I once heard; “Legend says hunters don’t die…they just go deeper into the woods”. And we can’t wait to share our little neck of the woods with you all!