Mark is a hunter who specializes in whitetail still-hunting and tracking, and in 2006 spent a week hunting and tracking Maine whitetails with Hal. That week spawned a friendship and respect that has grown since. Mark is also an expert on a popular topic among hunters; the tracking rifle. Mark grew up in the Southern Zone of New York State, where he cut his teeth tracking as a young boy. Eventually he made his way North to the Adirondacks, and eventually Maine where he learned the BWB System directly from Hal. Every year since, Mark has continued his passion of tracking in the big woods and looks forward to many more years of hunting the vast areas of the Northeast and beyond.
Mark Scheeren is also the Co-founder and Chairman of Baldwin Research Institute, Inc., and the Freedom Model Retreats in Upstate New York. In these capacities, Mark authored and developed the first residential non-12 step program for alcohol and drug addiction in the world; the Freedom Model for Addictions. As an avid and successful hunter, whitetail tracker and outdoorsman for more than thirty five years, Mark made it a goal to integrate the powerful personal values he learned in the hunting lifestyle with his passion for helping people with substance use issues. His retreat guests learn to regain their dignity, self reliance, productivity and happiness through the lessons presented in the The Freedom Model System. BWB is proud to have Mark as a Team Member. We felt his unique perspective on how the outdoors can positively change the lives of those who are struggling with addictions was a perfect fit with the Big Woods Bucks model of educating the public on the many benefits of the hunting lifestyle. As you will see, Mark’s unique talents in the human behavior sciences, research, and his passion for tracking the elusive big woods whitetail bring something very special, unique and powerful to the Big Woods Bucks organization. Mark is married to his wife Danielle, and has three children: Austin, Gabrielle, and Joe – all budding trackers and lovers of the outdoors. Mark’s favorite places to hunt are the Central Adirondacks and the Southern Adirondacks of New York State, the big woods of Northern Maine and the river valleys of Southwest Montana.