About Jeff Rawlinson
Jeff Rawlinson’s Bio
I have hunted and fished and enjoyed shooting since I was a young boy. My father used to take me to my relative’s farm to shoot single action pistols, where I developed a love of the outdoors and hunting. My Mom got me into fishing, but it was not until I met my wife that I learned how to really fish using lures and baits besides corn. You might say she was a big game angler!
I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Fish and Wildlife Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and a Master’s of Science with en emphasis on Rangeland Ecology from UNL. I started my career in education as a Naturalist for Lincoln Parks and Recreation, then UNL Cooperative Extension for a few years, and in 1999, I began my new life as an Outdoor Education Specialist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Although my current position as the Assistant Division Administrator for Information and Education allows me to oversee our Hunter Education, Boater Education and Hunter Outreach/Outdoor Skills Team, I am able to still pursue my passion, working with hunters, anglers and shooting sports enthusiasts to pass on our unique and important outdoor heritage. Without question, these are the greatest people in the world!
I enjoy all hunting and fishing but my outdoor pursuits usually focus on big game hunting with bow, handgun or muzzleloader with my brother-in-law, turkey hunting with my daughter, brother-in-law and father-in-law and chasing my pointer (Jake) and lab (Buster) around the field. The sight of cupped wings hovering above me in the layout blind will also get my blood moving, and ever since I called in that first coyote at age 12, I have been an ardent predator caller.
I also believe strongly in the Second Amendment, the great enjoyment to be had spending an afternoon plinking and the value all these efforts have on society. I have been a Hunter Education Instructor since 1991, am a Bowhunter Education Instructor. I sit on the Board of the Lincoln Izaak Walton League Shooting Range and am involved in many national efforts to maintain our outdoor heritage.
Some may never understand sitting in a tree stand in freezing temperatures, waking in the early hours of the morning from a warm house to pursue birds, or calling ducks over a frozen marsh but I hold these efforts as the greatest embodiment of what makes American the greatest nation on earth. For me, I’ll take the “strenuous life.”