Pathfinder Award Winner
Doug Bermel, 2012
Doug Bermel is 57 years old. He has been married to his wife Diane for 37 years. They have three children – Jeff, Jennifer, and Justin – and four grandchildren. Doug and Diane live on 20 acres near Princeton, Minnesota, a small town in east-central Minnesota.
At the age of 27, Doug was diagnosed with Adrenoleukodytrophy (ALD), a progressive heredity disease with symptoms similar to multiple sclerosis. As the disease progressed, Doug switched to using a crossbow and adapted his hunting style to accommodate the disability.
Doug became the 2001 NRA Beeman Shooting Champion after a 14 city tour in the U.S. and Canada, acquiring 10 gold medals and qualifying for the World Championship in Korea. He is the former Disabled Shooting Coordinator for the Archery Trade Association and a retired United States Paralympics Shooting Team Member, competing in Germany, France, Holland, Italy, and Canada. Doug represented the U.S. in two World Championships: Korea 2002 and Switzerland 2006.
Dougˊs current activities include writing a monthly column for Bowhunter.net, President of TIP (Turn in Poachers), a board member with Minnesota Bowhunters Incorporated, a Disabled Coordinator with the International Bowfishing Association, President and co-founder of Minnesota Broken Wing. He is active with Physically Challenged Bowhunter of America and has been a Minnesota Firearm Safety Instructor for 31 years. He is past-president of Capable Partners (CP), an organization that matches a disabled person with an abled body person in specialized hunting and fishing events.