These are the people who make this magazine possible by providing creative stories and outdoor tips to help the readers improve upon their skills and over all have a more enjoyable outdoor experience.
Midwest Hunting & Fishing’s Outdoor writers/contributors come from all over the Midwest and provide a wealth of knowledge and photography skills to make your reading & viewing experience more enjoyable.
Check out their profiles and websites below to see more of their content and how to get in contact with them.
Captain Brad Durick is a nationally known catfish guide, outdoor writer and educator coming from the famed Red River of the North and is based in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Durick owns Brad Durick Outdoors LLC (www.redrivercatfish.com) is the only full time channel catfish guide on the Upper Red River. He is the Director for the Scheels Boundary Battle Catfish Tournament (www.boundarybattle.com) and the Drayton Rod and Reel Rally (www.catfishdrayton.com) on the Red River and sits on the Board of Directors for the Red River Valley Catfish League (www.rrvcatfish.com).
Durick spends countless hours researching river channel cats to fine tune patterns to catch more and bigger catfish. This research led to the release of his 2013 book Cracking the Channel Catfish Code and his 2016 follow-up Advanced Catfishing Made Easy. In addition to writing two books, Captain Brad writes catfishing articles for various publications. He is also instructs Catfish University seminars each winter around the Midwest.
Captain Brad Durick is partner with: G3 Boats, Cat River Anchors, Frabill, Plano, BUGG Products LLC, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Dexter Knives, Big Frig Coolers, Costa Sunglasses and Drift Master Rod Holders.
Dennis Foster is an experienced outdoor communicator that focuses on education and conservation using all forms of media. Dennis utilizes his talents by assisting a few select companies in product development and promotions. He is also a tournament walleye fisherman as well as a fishing and pheasant hunting guide. He welcome comments and input and can be reached via either of his websites www.eyetimepromotions.com and www.dakotapheasantguide.com or through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EyeTimePromotions/ or https://www.facebook.com/Dakota-Pheasant-Guide-172076719616714/.
Geremy Olson grew up in the outdoors. After being burned as a volunteer firefighter, he had to figure out how to teach outdoor skills to his children from a wheelchair while learning to walk. Today he is an inspirational speaker, FCA Outdoors volunteer, tournament director, video producer, wildfire consultant and proud father of the owners of Missouri Secrets Tackle.
As a Minnesota walleye fishing guide as well as a guide for other fish species, Jason gets the
pleasure to guide on many different lakes which makes it a unique and rewarding experience all in
one. You can find Jason spending his time as a fishing guide on Leech Lake, Cass Lake, Mille Lacs,
and the Brainerd Lakes Area. Jason loves chasing Leech Lake walleyes because it is such a
challenge being the lake is over 100,000 acres. When he is fishing, Jason is the President of
Leisure Outdoor Adventures so he is busy running and managing all operations within the guide
You can also find Jason fishing a number of competitive walleye tournaments throughout the open
water season with many of them being on Leech Lake and the surrounding area. Tournament
fishing is quickly becoming a passion for him and it continues to grow each year.
Outside of guiding, Jason is a High School Social Studies Teacher at Brainerd High School as well
as a Varsity Football Coach for the Brainerd Warriors. He likes to say he has passion in life for the 4
F's, "Faith, Family, Fishing, and Football". He is married to Emilee and they have two daughters in
Macin and Hayden.
Over the past decade, Jason Mitchell has earned a legendary status as a professional hunting and fishing guide on North Dakota’s Devils Lake. Jason began his career as a guide at an early age and in the span of a decade, built one of the largest open water guide services in existence (Mitchell’s Guide Service head quartered out of Woodland Resort) and was a key member of Devils Lake’s famed Perch Patrol Guide Service during the winter. Mitchell also spent up to seventy five days each fall as a waterfowl hunting guide before expanding into television.
During that time, Mitchell logged thousands of hours on the water and ice, earning a reputation for not only being an extraordinary guide, hunter and angler but also a gifted writer, communicator and promoter. Jason’s credibility is grounded by a combination of extensive time on the water, a reputation for honesty and integrity.
During Mitchell’s career as a guide, he worked with a “who’s who” of outdoor writers, television show hosts and celebrities in the fishing and hunting industry. Mitchell had a well earned status of being one of the elite guides making a living from fishing and hunting. The hunting and fishing industry began to realize what Mitchell’s guide customers did long before, several writers and television hosts began to trust Mitchell as a guide they could count on for both strong editorial and video footage. Mitchell’s experience and time on the water or in the field is hard to duplicate. “A step into Jason Mitchell’s boat makes any angler a much better fishermen because Jason is so in tuned to what is happening on the water and is such a masterful teacher,” explains veteran outdoor writer Mark Strand. While Mitchell’s reputation as a guide, hunter and angler may be recognized, what continues to drive his popularity is an uncommon modesty and humbleness that is refreshing to many viewers.
Jerry started his outdoor career in 1987 when he began writing for Outdoors Weekly. He currently writes about a 130 articles a year for various publications in the Midwest. In addition to writing and giving numerous hunting and fishing seminars, Jerry does weekly radio shows on two St. Cloud, Minnesota stations; WJON and WWJO. He also authored a book called Details for Locating and Catching Fish. Hunting and fishing photos and articles written by Jerry, along with his email address, can be found at jerrycarlsonoutdoors.com. Jerry fishes all species but prefers crappies in the winter and bass in the summer. He also loves to hunt Canada geese in the fall.
As a long time guide, licensed charter captain, and tournament angler, Joe Henry has made fishing a part of his everyday life. Joe “cut his teeth” on MN lakes and rivers and has guided and fished walleyes throughout the nation. Joe’s home water is now Lake of the Woods, which he has fished for over 25 years. Professionally, Joe is an outdoor communicator and a media member of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW). His professional background combined with his many fishing credentials lead him to his current role, Executive Director of Tourism for Lake of the Woods.
Joel is a well-known TV/Media personality in the fishing and hunting industry. A self-admitted “fish nerd,” Nelson holds advanced degrees in the natural sciences, including fisheries and digital mapping, allowing him to both think like a fish and find them. Annually, he participates in numerous TV, Radio, and writing venues, highlighting relevant stories on his website - Joel Nelson Outdoors. Joel works with the biggest names in ice-fishing, open-water, and hunting; all while focusing on genuine experiences and the how-to’s he’s been afforded the opportunity to learn along the way.
Captain Josh Hagemeister has been making a living as a professional fishing guide for 31 years. With a passion of fishing that started at age 4, Josh took it to the next level by starting Minnesota Fishing Guide Service (minnesotaguideservice.com) while still in high school. Throughout college and throughout his adult life Josh has guided over 5,000 trips in the boat alone--and countless ice fishing trips as well. Due to spending nearly 300 days year on the water, Josh has become known as one of the most versatile and efficient multi-species guides throughout the state known to catch fish anywhere at any time. Hence the famous “Guaranteed Fish” associated with Minnesota Fishing Guide Service. While his specialty is walleye (due to demand), Josh enjoys all species of fish including salt water. While most of Josh’s time is spent in a boat knocking out nearly 200 trips or more a season (yes that’s 3 a day much of the time lol), during the “frozen period” he is scouting and moving fish houses for his ice fishing rental/guiding business—minnesotaicefishhouserental.com. Helping people learn about fishing and catching more has been in Josh’s blood since the days he worked at In-Fisherman Magazine’s Camp Fish as an instructional fishing guide. Josh’s most recent endeavor has included the re-creation of Camp Fish (mycampfish.com) partnering with Troy Lindner and other former Camp Fish Staff to get the job done. Josh is married and has 3 boys who also love to hunt and fish.
Kevin Dahlke, considers himself a multi species angler, on the open water as well as on the ice. Having grown up in the Midwest, he is able to apply those tactics to the New England states, while at the same time, educating anglers of these tactics for successful fishing. Having many years as a bass tournament angler, his focus now is on writing articles to help educate others at being successful while out on the water, open or ice. There is great satisfaction knowing that you are helping others and that is the goal for his writings.
Nick is originally from Gretna, Nebraska. He attended South Dakota State University where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Nick currently lives in Pierre, SD where he works with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. Nick guides for his favorite fish, walleye, on the Missouri River reservoirs and also enjoys ice fishing in Northeast South Dakota.
I have lived in the Black Hills of South Dakota for over ten years now. It is a great place to enjoy all facets of the outdoors, but fishing is what I live for, especially on the ice. With so many lakes and so many species to choose, it’s a fisherman’s paradise out here. And thanks to being on multiple Pro Staffs, including Midwest Hunting and Fishing, I have a chance to share that passion with others and hopefully help them to experience the same success that the sport has given me.
Tanner was born and raised in the Devils Lake area and has grown up learning the in’s and outs of this glacial formed lake in the heart of North Dakota. If he is not on the water fishing you can either find him chasing roosters around the prairie out west in the mountains searching for that next bugle! Tanner’s love for photography has given him a new appreciation for everything in the outdoors.