Since his early days, Jim Swanson has always been driven to be the consummate outdoorsman. Whether he is hunting or competitive shooting with his favorite muzzle loader, paddling a canoe in a wilderness area or landing a fish, Jim seeks success through hard work and expert skills. However Jim also realized long ago that being an outdoorsman involved much more than brining home a full game bag. Jim believes in the concept espoused by Aldo Leopold that a true outdoorsman gives back to nature far more than he takes. To this end, Jim has spent his life giving back to nature in many ways. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. He was President of the Wisconsin Muzzle Loaders Association for two terms. He also combined his love of history with muzzle loading shooting to develop a program to teach shooting to the youth of Wisconsin. In the past 12 years, he has introduced over 6000 children and often their parents to muzzle loader shooting. For this effort the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation named Jim the 2011 Outdoor Conservation Educator of the Year. Jim has also burned many a tank of gas in his chain saw while helping to improve trout stream habitat. Even in his role as Lead Teacher in a Charter School for At-Risk Youth, Jim developed a program that culminated in his student spending a week camping in the wilds of the Chequamegon National Forest.