Chad Waligura

"The most important part is getting out there."

Growing up in a small town on the Texas gulf coast, I fell in love with the outdoors when I was twelve years old, that’s when my dad took me duck hunting the first time, and from that day on, I knew it was something that’d be a part of my life forever. When I was paralyzed at age 17, during the summer of 1986 after diving into a pool, it was the one thing I knew I could never give up. Three months later, I was back in the woods with dad re-learning how to hunt again. It wasn’t easy for me and there were more failures than successes, but they showed me what I needed to do to be ready for the following season. Eighteen years after later and I was chosen by Buckmasters’ American Deer Foundation as their Challenged Hunter of the Year, and in 2010, Safari Club International chose me for their Pathfinder Award! All the while, I’ve been going afield, every year. I’ve been across the United States and on three different continents, so far. I started writing too as a way to chronicle some of my trips and provide information for anyone who might be looking to get back into the outdoors the way I did, and along the way discovered a whole bunch of amazing stories from other able sportsmen & women that needed to be told. That’s really why we created Able Outdoors to begin with. When it comes to getting back into the outdoors, some of the same issues I faced after I was paralyzed still exist today, and being able to find the info you need about where to go, who to get in touch with and what kind of adaptive equipment you might need are some of the problems I want to solve for you. Able Outdoors can fill that void. I’m a hunter and a fisherman. I’m a dog handler and an outdoorsman, and every now and then I get to be a guide. Most recently I started doing distance runs in my chair to further push my limits. I go out and hunt and fish and travel just like the able-bodies do, and we’re going to show you how we do things. I’m super-excited to begin filming our Able Outdoors adventures. Hopefully it will reach a lot more people. As Co-Host of Able outdoors, my primary duty will be to make sure the product we put out will be as informative as it is entertaining. We’ll cover every aspect of able outdoors and show people how we do things.
Buckmasters’ American Deer Foundation Challenged Hunter of the Year; Safari Club International Pathfinder Award Winner 2010; Outdoor Sportsman of the Year 2019 (No Excuse Hunting)
Degrees & Certifications
BS in Wildlife & Fisheries Science Master of Education in Counseling
Internet, Appearances, Editorial Print
Manual wheelchair, Service Dog, Other Equipment
Boating / Yachting, Distance / Marathon, Fitness, Offroad / Mountain Biking, Other



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