By Mark Kenyon

While in Georgia this past week for the Quality Deer Management Association’s 2014 National Convention, I was given one of the greatest surprises of my life. I was named the 2014 QDMA Communicator of the Year.

It was an unbelievable honor, and given the other people who’ve won the award (Scott Bestul of Field & Stream, CJ Winand of Bowhunter, Bob Humphrey of Petersen’s Bowhunting, etc), I feel I’m in company I probably don’t deserve to be in. Nonetheless I’m incredibly humbled and appreciative of this recognition.

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All that said though, as Lindsay Thomas (Director of Communications for the QDMA) listed off my various projects and achievements that qualified me for this award, I couldn’t help but think that I wasn’t really responsible for any of this. Sure I tapped out the words on my computer, recorded the stories on the podcast, and filmed the deer  that made it on to our videos. But none of this, absolutely none of it, would have gone anywhere or made any impact at all if it weren’t for you and the thousands of others who have read my articles, listened to our podcasts, watched the videos and then spread the word to your friends and family.

Wired To Hunt started as fun distraction in a New York City apartment, it grew into a passion project to keep me distracted from my “real job”, then a dream of a different future, and finally blossomed into a career when I went full-time with it last fall. All along the way, I’ve had you the reader, my fellow whitetail addicts, to thank.

So thank you again, from the bottom of my heart. Your support, your feedback, your questions, your ideas and your concerns – it has all helped me so tremendously over the past few years. I’m not sure I could ever fully repay you for all that you’ve done to help me along the way, but I’ll do my best, in the one way I know how. I’ll keep on writing , filming, and recording about those wild whitetails that we all love so much, and I’ll most definitely stay wired to hunt.