Randy Wheeler - Houston, TX
The "Old Duck Hunter", Randy Wheeler, started his hunting career in 1970 at the age of ten shooting squirrels in the piney woods of East Texas with his father. When he was a freshman in high school an upper classman asked him if he'd like to go dove hunting. Randy quickly learned that he enjoyed bird hunting much more than shooting bushy tails. That same year another upper classman invited Randy on a duck hunt. That was it; he was addicted to water fowling, and in 1982 he started guiding waterfowl hunters in the marshes and rice fields east of Houston. He now guides for the Garwood Hunting Club located southwest of Houston. When Randy started his guiding career he was invited to be on the local Ducks Unlimited Committee in his hometown of Baytown, Texas. That did it, too. He's been a volunteer ever since. When he moved to West Houston he recruited some local hunters and together they founded the Bellaire Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Randy has been an Area Chairman for two chapters, Zone Chairman for Harris County, and was co-chairman of the Texas Greenwing Committee. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Wetland Habitat Alliance of Texas. His thoughts on volunteering are: "if you take from it, you need to give back to it or there won't be any in the future for our kids". He was a founding member of the Southeast Texas Chapter of the Friends of NRA, the Southeast Texas Hunting Retriever Club, and the newly formed Greater Houston Quail Coalition. Randy is the organizer and promoter of the Gulf Coast Waterfowl Festival & Expo and co-owner of TeamRealDuck waterfowl calling contests. Randy says his most memorable hunts through the years were always about kids shooting their first duck or goose. What a great feeling it is seeing those beaming smiles after the hunt. Knowing that memory will never fade in that child?s mind just as it hasn't for him as he remembers his first hunt.