Dr. Bob Sheppard grew up on a farm in Alabama, born in 1950, the son of tenant farmers. He descended from a long line of fishermen and hunters. He began a writing career in the outdoor field during his years of medical school and residency, and became a staff writer for an Alabama based magazine called the Alabama Sportsman (later to become one of Game & Fish Publication’s periodicals, Alabama Game & Fish). Over the next fifteen years, he placed articles in Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Bowhunter Magazine, Harris Publication’s books and annuals, Deer & Deer Hunting, Progressive Farmer, Southern Outdoors, Game & Fish Publications, and a host of others. In 1979 he began instructing in a series of bowhunting schools held at commercial hunting lodges across the South. These have become the nation’s oldest continuous line of outdoor skills schools in existence.