Entering his 34th year as a professional
waterfowl guide, Steve has been featured in Sports Afield,
Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Wildfowl, Ducks Unlimited and a
host of other state and regional publications.
He as hosted and appeared on several
national television shows such as Bill Dance Outdoors, Fishing
with Roland Martin, In-Pursuit, In-Fisherman Network, Billy
Westmoreland, OrlandoWilson, ESPN Outdoors, and more.
Steve is a Ducks Unlimited Sponsor,
Honorary Trustee, and has served as a Chapter Chairman and
committee member for over 20 years. He is a member of Waterfowl
USA, Jack Miner Society, South Carolina Waterfowl Association,
and Delta Waterfowl. As a member of the Paris-Henry County
Chamber of Commerce, he has served on its Board of Directors.
He is a member of The Outdoor Writers of
America (OWAA) and is past president of both the Southeastern
Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) and The Tennessee Outdoor
Writers Association (TOWA). His articles have appeared in
numerous magazines and books and he is outdoor editor of the
PARIS-POST INTELLIGENCER newspaper.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science Degree
in Biology and shares a home with his wife Linda and their
Labrador retriever Molly. Between seasons he guides clients for
bass and crappie fishing on Tennessee's Kentucky Lake. Steve is
a National Crappie Champion having won the Crappiethon Classic
over the nation's top tournament anglers in 1996, with pal Jim
In August of '07 Steve was inducted into
the Outdoor Legends Hall of Fame (see article below) joining
such names as Bill Dance, Ray Scott, Roland Martin, Larry Nixon,
Hank Parker, Buck Gardner, Mike McLemore, Earl Bentz, Billy
Westmoreland, and pal Tommy Akin, just to name a few.
McCadams to be inducted in
national hall of fame (Paris Post-Intelligencer 8/16/07)
By Amanda Smith
Paris outdoorsman Steve McCadams is one of
seven honorees being inducted into the national Legends of the
Outdoors Hall of Fame Friday.
“I got lucky and got a nice honor,” said
McCadams, who has been a part of the outdoors community for 33
years. “Some of the most prominent people in the outdoor world
are in it. It’s nice to be in good company.”
McCadams will be recognized in a ceremony
at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville.
Garry Mason, a nationally known hunting
and fishing guide, founded the hall of fame six years ago. It is
designed to recognize outdoor sportsmen who have played an
integral role in setting the standards and guidelines for the
rest of the outdoor world to follow, according to the
organization’s Web site,
McCadams is a professional hunting and
fishing guide. He also serves as outdoor columnist for The
Post-Intelligencer and works as a freelance journalist for
several outdoor magazines. His work has appeared in Outdoor
Life, Field & Stream, Sports Afield and The Saturday Evening
Post, among other publications. He has appeared on and hosted
several television shows.
He’s also frequently contacted for
interviews by other writers researching hunting and fishing
opportunities in the Kentucky Lake area.
“I’ve been written about and I’ve
written,” said McCadams. “I’ve been on both sides of it.”
McCadams, who grew up in McKenzie, said
that the outdoors has always been a part of his life, whether he
was writing, teaching, guiding or just enjoying.
“My father was a big outdoorsman,” he
said. “It was a way of life.”
McCadams received his bachelor’s degree in
biology from Bethel College in McKenzie, intending to pursue a
career as a game warden.
He started guiding at the lake part time
and eventually made it his full-time job.
“I always wanted to be outdoors,” he said.
“I’ve been fortunate to make a living doing something I enjoy.”
McCadams also uses his expertise to help
As a cancer survivor, he sponsors an
annual Casting for a Cure Kids Fishing Rodeo to benefit the
American Cancer Society.
In addition, he is involved in
coordinating the American Cancer Society benefit skeet and trap
shoot, which will be held Aug. 25 at the Holly Fork Shooting
He also enjoys being able to help people
through his weekly columns in The P-I and other writing outlets.
“You never know when you might do
something to help somebody’s life or do something good for
them,” he said.
McCadams said that being inducted into the
hall of fame tells him that he is reaching people through his
“It’s nice to know people are reading your
stuff,” he said, and he hopes to continue to be a trusted
outdoorsman. “I keep a pulse on the outdoor life in the area.”
Others being inducted into the hall of
fame include Alex Rutledge of Hunter’s Specialties; Larry
Weishuhn of Thompson Center Arms; Tommy Akin, public relations
director for Avery and Strike King; Pamela Martin-Wells, leading
money winner from the Women’s BASS Tour; Larry Nixon, 1983
Bassmaster Classic winner; and Marion McCollum, owner of Macks