Mohawk Outdoors Board Member and Prostaffer
My name is Derrick Hatfield, I grew up in a small town in northern Indiana. I grew up hunting and fishing with my father. I grew up hunting squirrels, rabbits and water fowl. I started hunting deer and his when stationed at Ft Benning. I've been hunting and fishing for over 25 years.
I joined the US Army in 2002 deploying 2 times a an infantryman and once as a Counterintelligence Special Agent. I was medically retired in 2015. I now live in North central Tennessee. I still hunt, fish and take in the natural wonders of the outdoors as often as I can.
President and Prostaffer
US Army Retired SSG J.D. Williams served seven years in the military and fought through two deployments, one in Iraq (2007-2008) and the second in Afghanistan (2010). On his 2nd tour overseas with the 1-502nd Mohawk Infantry Scouts, he was leading a small reconnaissance team through dangerous enemy territory by foot when an improvised explosive device detonated directly underneath him. Still conscience and his team under enemy fire, he went to pick up his weapon and realized that his left arm was severely mangled and his right arm was gone. Unable to sit up, he looked down to also see that his legs were no longer in tact. He remained alert through the record fast medical evacuation out of dangerous territory. After arriving at the hospital in Germany, he remembers looking up at a nurse telling him that he was going to be okay. It was that moment that he went into cardiac arrest. The doctors were able to successfully perform a thoracotomy (cardiac massage) with no detrimental trauma to his brain.
Williams grew up in a small town in Montana where hunting and the outdoors were his life. His dad would haul him around in his hunting pack through the mountains before he was even able to walk. Throughout his own recovery, he has realized how therapeutic the outdoors can be. With all odds against him, he found ways to adapt and overcome his injuries so that he is still able to enjoy the things in life he is passionate about. He has learned to shoot a bow with the use of one arm and a mouth tab and has traveled all over the world hunting amazing territories. He also competes in shooting competitions and is a co-host with Southern Kentucky Great Outdoors on ESPN Radio.
His passion led him to found Mohawk Outdoors, an organization that assists combat Veterans by incorporating hunting, fishing, and other outdoor adventures. He has seen first hand how these types of opportunities can be therapeutic and strives to provide similar opportunities to other Veterans that may benefit. It gives them hope and something to look forward too.
Williams currently resides in Kentucky with his wife, Ashlee and their daughter, Kaelyn.
Mohawk Board Member
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Mohawk Co president and Senior Prostaffer
My name is John Kirby and I’m from South Central, Kentucky. I am blessed to have an incredible wife who lets me pursue my passion and two awesome step children.
My very first memories as a child we’re all in the woods. Everyday as a kid I was either hunting or fishing with my best friend, my grandfather, who was a WWll combat Veteran. He taught me everything he knew about hunting, fishing and respecting the wildlife that we pursued. He also let me learn on my own and make my own mistakes. Most importantly he taught me how to be a man and how to treat people with respect.
My childhood and young adult life was filled with nothing but sports, hunting and fishing. I couldn’t get enough of those three things. I went on to be a D1 college athlete at Western Kentucky University but I always knew I belonged in the deer woods.
Bowhunting whitetails is my favorite thing to do but I also hunt waterfowl, turkey and many other species. I live on Barren River Lake and I crappie and bass fish regularly as well.
I killed my first whitetail deer with a bow when I was 8 years old and I’ve been hooked ever since. Ive been fortunate to kill many Pope and Young whitetails and 1 Boone&Crocket whitetail with a bow. However the last 10 years or so I’ve spent more and more time taking folks hunting, introducing people to the hunting lifestyle and taking kids hunting and fishing. Taking and introducing people to hunting and fishing is by far what I’m most proud of in my hunting career so far. I also Co-host a radio show on ESPN RADIO called Southern Kentucky’s Great Outdoors. I am extremely humbled and excited to be a part of Mohawk Outdoors and get the opportunity to take combat Veterans hunting all over the world. I absolutely believe in the healing power of the great outdoors. Mother Nature can heal the body, the mind and the soul.
Mohawk Board Member and Prostaffer
John “Redbeard” Temple was born and raised in the hills and hollers of South-Central Kentucky. He lives in Kentucky with his wife, Jessica, and their four children. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast, finding adventure in the woods and rivers that are his backyard. Since his early years as a child John has had an interest in natural history and a deep love for the outdoors and her inhabitants. An interest and love that grew while he ran wild and free on the 200 acre farm his grandfather lived on. John is a firm believer in wildlife conservation, and believes that an important part of that is hunting, fishing and trapping. And he has a desire to share that love with those around him.
To John hunting is more than just a sport, it is about being in the woods as she opens her eyes to the first rays of light peeking through the trees. He believes there is a zen to hunting. It is about getting back to nature, it’s about closing your eyes and feeling the woods breathe around you. And for a moment you are a part of the whole of nature. You get to be one with the woods, and the animals and the hunt. Hunting allows you to be alone in your head, and to fully understand how magnificent God’s beasts are. Being in nature allows you to get back to the basics of being human.
John Temple joined the Army National Guard in December 2002. He completed Basic Training and AIT at Ft. Sill Oklahoma. In November of 2004 he was placed on active duty and in 2005 he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. While deployed he was attached to 18th MP BDE, 503rd MP BN (Airborne) and the 306th MP BN. While deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, SGT. Temple worked as a member of a Protective Service Detail (PSD), at Task Force 134. During this time SGT. Temple participated in over 400 PSD missions. In 2008 John left the military after 6 years of service. After the military he worked as a Railroad Conductor and a Locomotive Engineer. He now enjoys a more slowly paced life raising his children to be arrows. And enjoying the outdoors. “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth” Psalm 127:4
Mohawk Vice President
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