Dick was born and raised on the family's Illinois farm which dates back to the 1840's. He grew up with a .22 behind the kitchen door and began shooting and hunting at a young age. He has been a contributor to Shooting Times magazine for more than thirty years and today serves as the Technical Editor for the InterMedia Outdoors Group. Dick is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a former faculty member of the history departments at Yale and Cornell Universities. In addition, Dick has hunted on five continents and was one of the pioneers of handgun hunting.