About David Cabela:
Outdoorsman, Author, Outdoor Writer
Collecting Reference Material
Sometimes your path chooses you as much as you choose it.
Writing and the outdoors. For me these two passions are interconnected. Anyone who has ever spent time around a campfire knows that anglers and hunters are storytellers. It`s a tradition passed down since the beginning of human existence—sharing the excitement, heartache, and satisfaction of adventure.
From the first time I followed my father toward the river with my Crossman BB gun, I knew I would never satiate an innate need to be a part of the natural world. And from the first time I read an old Tarzan comic book as a boy I wanted to tell stories.
Eventually, I discovered the greats of outdoor literature—Ruark, Hemingway, Capstick, and others. And I remember thinking that if I could make the reader feel the way those writers did, if I could capture, with words, the way I felt in the outdoors, then I will have accomplished something worthwhile. After receiving an English degree from the University of Nebraska, I immersed myself in the two worlds that inspired me the most.
When I wasn`t hunting or fishing, I was writing. And I still believe that if I can inspire one person to pursue the adventures in their hearts—whether a safari in Botswana or the next great American novel—then I can call myself a success. The day I fail to see myself as an aspiring writer and outdoorsman or feel improvement no longer matters, is the day I quit writing or hunting.
When you combine freedom and hard work, the possibilities are endless—that fact amazes me every day. I am blessed with a loving wife, Shari, and three children, Hailey, Alex, and Taylor—they continually give me new inspiration and never fail to remind me of what really matters.
Aim true. Breathe. Follow through.