About Us

Hi! We're Rick and Jenny Wheatley. We met at a horse stable in Anaheim, California, in 2009 and realized that we had the same passion for the outdoors and fell madly in love among the horses. Naturally, Rick bought 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 embark on new adventures. 

Today, we hunt together, we ride together, we travel together and we cook together. We create tasty, creative and simple recipes with wild game-- recipes that you probably wouldn't find in most wild game cookbooks. Borrowing from our American, Mexican and Vietnamese backgrounds, on top our our love for all things ethnic foods, we aim to show you how versatile wild game can be. We hope to inspire you to think differently about wild game and to encourage you to make discoveries of your own, whether in or out of the kitchen. 


About Rick
As a start, 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, she being a native Californian who had never even 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 4th of 5 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. 

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, with whom I feel closer than just being 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
I did not grow up around hunting. Until I met Rick, I had no idea that it was something that people still practiced. But I do love to cook, and I love to write. I've always had a deep connection with the great outdoors.

At 16, I made it to the top of Mount Whitney. A couple years later, I traveled to Alaska to kayak 62 miles in the Kenai Fjords with a bunch of girls from all over the country. After high school, I attended UCLA and earned a degree in American Literature and Culture. I took up horseback riding at 19 and fell in love with it.

In November 2011, I traveled to Nebraska with Rick and shot my first deer. There, I learned what it truly meant to be a part of the food chain. Then I moved to Nebraska in 2013, after graduating college, to become an outdoor photographer and writer for NEBRASKAland Magazine.

Of course, I took my passion for horses with me, but traded in my western saddle for an English one. I currently belong to the North Hills Hunt club of Nebraska and Iowa to partake in English foxhunting-- I just love the chase. 

I work full time as associate editor at NEBRASKAland Magazine. I am also a frequent content contributor at the Outdoor Sportsman Group. If you're looking for someone to develop wild game recipes for your website, magazine or social media channels, please contact me. I welcome the inquiry. To view my portfolio, visit: https://www.jennwheatley.com/