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Who Is Jeff Kappel?

2013 South Dakota Archery Whitetail 11-10-13

2013 South Dakota Archery Whitetail 11-10-13

Jeff Kappel is a small town Midwest kid at heart. Born and raised in Southeastern South Dakota he credits his dad and grandfather for getting him involved in the outdoors at a very young age. He remembers as a kid, waiting joyously by the window for his dad to get home from hunting whether it was ducks, pheasants, turkey, antelope or deer while his twin sister would always ask “DAD! Did you catch anything?” every time he came home hunting.

Whether it’s hunting with a rifle, shotgun, or a bow Jeff has a very deep and passionate connection to the outdoors. Growing up he was taught the values of hard work, honesty, trust, integrity, respect and most importantly always doing what was right and that translated how he approached life outdoors as a hunter. His dad taught him that the outdoors was a place to connect, relax, and to recharge your batteries.

Jeff believes that the outdoors and nature is the biggest classroom that a human can experience. He believes you learn a lot about yourself in the outdoors and when you’re there you are never alone. The two biggest lessons Jeff has learned from the thousands of hours he’s spent outdoors are those of patience, ethics, and humility. He would tell you very confidently that we as humans are connected deeply with Mother Nature and all that she provides us. Mother Nature can be extremely nice to us or extremely cruel and it can change in an instant.

To him, there’s nothing better than being perched in a tree mid-November watching the sunrise, listening to all the animals come to life, and hopefully hearing the grunt of the big Midwestern whitetail bucks. Hunting is a way of providing whether it’s for food, experiences, or just good times as some of his best memories are still those of the “one that got away.”

Lastly, Jeff would strongly urge you to take the opportunity to introduce the outdoors to someone less fortunate who maybe doesn’t have a mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, aunt, uncle, cousin, or sibling who is involved in the beautiful thing all of us are. Having a strong and growing foundation of youth hunters helps build a strong community. One day, he hopes to catch you in the field so he can hear some of your best hunting stories.

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