Our newest Local Legend is a Marine Veteran and the president and Founder of his non-profit organization Veterans4Veterans Outdoor Adventures Inc. out of Beloit, KS. His name is Jesse Mudd.
Jesse decided to start his organization because of an unfortunate event which happened to his friend while serving in Afghanistan resulting in the loss of an arm and both legs. Combining his passion for the outdoors and his drive to help Veterans, Jesse went beyond just helping his friend, helping any Veteran that wants to de-stress, decompress, and get back into the outdoors.
Vets4Vets is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and Veterans through hunting, fishing, and outdoor adventures. They also pair youth with Veterans who take them hunting and fishing allowing them to develop a mentor-mentee relationship which is crucial in developing new lifetime hunters and anglers.
Jesse is a great man, husband, and father to 3 children. He works a full-time job but never fails to dedicate most of his free time to this organization. Because he has such a big heart and loves helping kids and Veterans heal through the outdoors, Jesse, doesn’t expect a single thing in return even though he does almost everything himself.
The term local legend means different things to different people. But, a constant is a local legend knows or does something meaningful in their local area. A legend in a difference context harkens a guide or map. Jesse should be celebrated for his work moving North-Central Kansas toward a more hopeful future – a roadmap that likely includes more than a few hunting and fishing licenses sold to new hunters.
The technology company will accept nominations and recognize individuals and organizations for doing the critical work of helping their friends and neighbors find their way outdoors.
According Powderhook CEO, Eric Dinger, the program fits the way Powderhook looks at the challenges facing sportsmen and women of generations to come. Said Dinger, “Hunting and fishing license sales generate much of the revenue needed to support conservation work. It’s been well documented license buyers are declining as a percentage of the US population. At Powderhook, we fundamentally believe the only way that will change is to engage people at the local level in affecting this trend in their own lives. No program, no marketing campaign, no app, or website can do what the readers of this story can do by stepping up and getting involved. It’s up to us as individual sportsmen and women to do the work, and that’s why we’re excited to begin recognizing the people that are doing so. A very simple way to think about it is ‘do more people go because of me, or do less people go because of me?’ If everyone could answer ‘more,’ like the people we’ll honor through Local Legends, the trend would change.”
If someone in your area is doing what it takes to be called a Local Legend, shoot Powderhook an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include some contact info, along with a photo, and a few sentences on why you believe your nominee deserves recognition for their work.