Who Is Wildfowler Outfitter?
A Life-long Commitment to Waterfowling.
Wildfowler Outfitters was founded by Tom Jacobson, who began hunting in 1950 when he was a ten-year-old boy. His first day as a duck hunter was a cold, blustery day on Lake Hazel near Benson, Minnesota. He shot a full box of 410s at Canvasback, Blue Bills, and late season Mallards.
He did not hit a thing - not even one of his dad's decoys. In spite of the cold, snowy November day, his life would never be the same. Duck hunting and goose hunting became a life-long passion.
For Christmas that year he received his first shotgun, an Inver Johnson 20-gauge single shot. Two years later, he upgraded to a 16-gauge Ithaca pump. This gun and a dozen magnum mallard and 18 canvasback decoys were purchased with earnings from his paper route. He built a duck boat in his wood shop made out of marine plywood and it took three men and a boy to lift it, especially after it had been in the water.
Concealment in those days consisted of brown clothing and any natural cover you could find. He built a variety of boat blinds (some that actually worked) and always had a bale of marsh grass to cover up with in the boat. The Korean War finally made some camo available that could be purchased at the local sporting goods store.
In the 1970s, camouflage clothing became readily available and somewhat affordable. At this time, Tom also began hunting in fields and found that blinds and camo were especially critical for late season ducks and geese. Local Canada geese were beginning to become abundant and were eventually to become a nuisance to some.
In 1998 Tom left a career with a major corporation in Minneapolis to found WILDFOWLER OUTFITTER. He started out building a Goose Decoy Blind, and after several hunts it became apparent that a lightweight camouflage parka and pants were needed to hunt out of this type of blind. So, he expanded to make Cover Up Suits in Fall Flight and Shadow Grass.
Soon a Layout Blind was added to the product line, along with a few more patterns in the Cover Up Suit. In the spring of 2003 he moved production facilities and expanded manufacturing capabilities. He continued to make improvements to his existing lines and added additional products, including an exciting line of Waterproof Cover Up Suits.
In 2017, WILDFOWLER OUTFITTERS had grown beyond Tom's operational capabilities, so he sold the business to RAVE Sports, a Revel Match LLC Company, which has the distribution, E-commerce capabilities, social media, and operational expertise to take it to the next level. Now, the new owners are adding new apparel items and camouflage patterns to continue expanding the products that hunters need for concealment in the field.