Patrick Durkin of Waupaca, Wisconsin, assists Amy Hatfield – ATA’s content strategist – in writing and editing articles, press releases, brochures and other publications for the ATA. The ATA communications team works with other ATA staff to develop, write and edit informational materials for ATA websites, industry trade magazines, informational pamphlets and educational publications.
Patrick is a full-time freelance editor/writer, and has worked with the ATA as a private contractor since September 2001. In his current role, he is the ATA’s chief copy editor, and also reports on ATA policies and matters handled by the ATA Board of Directors. His articles and other freelance work appear frequently in national hunting magazines. Patrick also writes a weekly outdoors column and biweekly feature articles for nine Wisconsin newspapers, including the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Wisconsin State Journal and Wisconsin Outdoor News. His column has won first place several times in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s annual writing contest.
Patrick began his career in 1982 as a sportswriter at the Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper in east-central Wisconsin. The newspaper continues to carry his outdoors column to this day. From January 1991 through September 2001, Durkin served as editor of Deer & Deer Hunting magazine. In 1993 he conducted a comprehensive survey of D&DH readers on tree-stand safety, and wrote a three-part series that spurred widespread development and use of full-body harnesses for deer hunters.
That groundbreaking series earned him and D&DH the 1995 “Industry Award” from the National Hunter Education Association. Patrick and D&DH updated the survey in 1999. The three-part series reporting the survey’s findings won the 2001 Tree Stand Manufacturers’ Association Award for its insights into improving tree-stand safety practices.
Patrick has been an avid bowhunter since age 15, and continues to enjoy bowhunting elk and whitetails each fall. He also enjoys fishing, boat-building and marathon running.
Patrick earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1983 from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, with minors in English and political science. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1975 through 1980, and met his wife, Penny, while stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. They have three adult daughters and one granddaughter.