About

Hi! We're Rick and Jenny Wheatley. We met at a horse stable in Anaheim, California, in 2009, connected over a shared passion for the outdoors and fell madly in love among the horses. Naturally, Rick bought for me my first shotgun– as any loving man would do– and the rest, as they say, is history. We now reside in Omaha, Nebraska, where we continue to hunt, fish, forage and cook.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please send us an email at rickandjen[at]foodforhunters.comIf you're in need of recipes, photos and/or other outdoor-related content, we'd would love the chance to work with you.

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About Rick
My father was from Nebraska.  He came out to California during World War II as a soldier with the U.S. Army.  Once here, he met my mom, a native Californian who had never left the state. Long story short, they fell in love, married, and started raising a family here in the Golden State. I was born the fourth of five kids, and we grew up just 5 miles away from Disneyland. And so we'd go back to Nebraska every other year or so for family vacations and reunions.  

I really looked forward to these trips. Even as a child, I felt more at ease in the country than in the city. I yearned to go back to Nebraska any chance I could. There, I could fish, shoot, and just run around anytime I felt like it. I love the open spaces, the wildlife, and just the peace and quiet that the country can bring. As an adult, I returned to Nebraska every year on my own to hunt and/or fish with my cousins. In 2013, Jenny and I made the big move. Living in Nebraska has really allowed us to expand Food for Hunters.

We started this blog to share with you our love of hunting, fishing, cooking and dining on the bounty that our wild lands provide. We love hearing from our readers-- it brings a smile to my face knowing that we are doing something that people can relate to and that we have a common bond, an understanding of what hunting and fishing brings.

I hope that you keep coming back to our blog and become an active part of it. We welcome you and do appreciate your visits. Like family, you are always welcome to stop by, chat and share recipes and anything else that you may like to. Help us take care of our wild places, and let these beautiful animals that we chase keep us connected to our roots as hunters and providers to those we love.   


About Jen
Although I did not grow up hunting and fishing, I loved the outdoors as a kid. When I wasn't in school or doing homework, I was probably outside riding my bike, skateboarding or going on "adventures" with my neighborhood friends in SoCal. But I think I was luckier than they were, because outside of our concrete jungle, I knew what pine trees smelled like and what real dirt felt like between my fingers.


My parents understood the value of nature and the outdoors, even though we had little money. As soon as I was old enough, they signed me up for the Brownies, and as a Girl Scout, I was exposed to camping, hiking and being out in the woods– early experiences that would set the course of my entire life. 

In high school, I moved on to Venturing. I began backpacking and bagging peaks, including a week-long, life-changing trek that culminated in my summiting Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada at 16 years old. I also missed the last week of my junior high school year, with the blessing of my teachers, to travel to Alaska to kayak with strangers from all over the country with Outward Bound. I stayed in Venturing long enough to earn my Silver and Ranger awards.

I attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned a B.A. in American Literature and Culture, with the thought of becoming an outdoor writer. During the summers I took an interest in learning how to ride horses– it was one of the first things I did with my hard-earned paycheck from my first job working at a café on campus. I still ride horses regularly today.

And that's how I met Rick, who months later, would tell me about his love for hunting and fishing. They were completely foreign outdoor pursuits to me at the time, and if someone had told me back then that I would be making part of my living writing and photographing wild game recipes now, I would've told that person to get his head checked.

I am currently the full-time associate editor at Nebraskaland Magazine, an outdoor life, hunting and fishing publication that's been around nearly 100 years. I write and photograph wild game recipes on the side. To view my portfolio, visit: https://www.jennwheatley.com/