Derek Patterson “Mouse” hails from the mountains of Northwest Georgia where he lives with his wife and two children. He is an experienced woodsman and avid outdoorsman. Derek grew up loving the woods and spent several years in the Boy Scouts of America program as an adolescent where he gained a foundation to build upon with the knowledge that he has today. His go-to saying is “Knowledge weighs nothing,” meaning that the more you know about how to operate in the world around you, the less you require to survive in it. He has spent many years honing his skills and enjoys learning new techniques and ways to make life in the wilderness not only sustainable but comfortable as well.
Mouse is a United States Army combat veteran who spent time in Eastern Afghanistan as a combat medic. During his time in the military, he was called upon to teach other soldiers vital Combat Lifesaving Skills. This was where he realized that he had a love for teaching others. This love for teaching led to the creation of his YouTube channel, where he has over 100 videos that serve to share his various skills.
On the recreational side, Mouse enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, shooting, riding motorcycles, and is currently working towards his recreational pilots' license.
He believes that engaging skills and laughter help students remember the lessons they are taught.