We are Derek and Kim Johnson. Husband and wife and the owners of Deer Stands Direct, LLC.
Derek, AKA Worm, grew up hunting and fishing obsessively. Some things never change, if he isn’t working he is likely in the woods or on a lake. I also grew up enjoying the outdoors but I took up camping and fishing more so than hunting. In due time, the two of us began dating. In the beginning I found myself in disbelief at how many hours a man could waste in the deer stand when he could’ve been spending time with his helluva catch girlfriend. My frustration started in the summer with food plots, gained speed in fall with archery season opener, hit its peak during firearm season and finally began to fade when muzzleloader season came to an end.
Time would prove that his hunting and my nagging was an annual occurrence. So, out of spite, I decided to try my hand at bowhunting. By accident, I fell in love with the sport. Worm, to my surprise, turned out to be a great teacher and a selfless guide. He shares the excitement of another person's hunt as if it were his own pursuit.
Fast forward to 2014: Worm’s brother-in-law, Jake, owns Deer Stands Direct and introduces us to the product. Worm helped Jake load stands for customers a few times and became familiar with the operation. We found the deer stands to be a serious asset to whitetail hunters so we called dibs. When Jake was ready to sell the business in 2019 we were ready and the rest is history.