Richard N. Cabela

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Richard Cabela
Born Richard Neil Cabela
(1936-10-08)October 8, 1936
Chappell, Nebraska, U.S.
Died February 17, 2014(2014-02-17) (aged 77)
Sidney, Nebraska, U.S.
Other names Dick Cabela
Occupation Entrepreneur
Known for Cabela's co-founder
Spouse(s) Mary Ann Kerns
Children 9

Richard Neil "Dick" Cabela (October 8, 1936 – February 17, 2014) was an American entrepreneur, best known as a co-founder of Cabela's,[1] a leading outfitter of outdoor sporting and recreational goods. He stated that his business was inspired by his bout with polio and a deep love of hunting and fishing.[2] He was also described as an "ardent supporter of the National Rifle Association, a vocal supporter of the Second Amendment, a hunter, and a staunch proponent of wildlife conservation."[3]


Born in Chappell, Nebraska, Cabela and his father went to Chicago to purchase items for the family furniture store back home. Cabela bought 20 gross of two-dollar hand-crafted fishing lures to re-sell, as well.[4] Initially he placed ads in a local newspaper for "12 hand tied flies for $1".[3] When the items did not sell locally, he advertised them in national newspapers and magazines such as Sports Afield. He and wife, Mary, built a customer base and created a small mimeographed catalog to offer more fishing gear.[5]

From 1961, the Cabelas, Dick, his wife Mary, and his brother James, created a catalog business with annual revenues of over US$3 billion, featuring stores in Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado, Montana and Alaska and shipping goods and 120 million catalogs each year to all 50 states and many foreign nations.[6] Additionally, the business inspired the creation of a financial institution and credit card issuer called the Worlds Foremost Bank.[7]


Cabela was the recipient of several awards over the course of his career. Among the awards Cabela received were the C.J. McElroy award in 2001 from the Safari Club International and the Golden Bullseye Pioneer award from NRA Publications in 2008.[3]


On February 17, 2014, it was announced that Cabela had died at his home in Sidney, Nebraska. He was 77.


  1. ^ "Richard N. Cabela profile". Forbes. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  2. ^ Cabela, David (2001). Cabela's: World's Foremost Outfitter. P.S. Eriksson. ISBN 0-8397-1280-4
  3. ^ a b c Staff (May 2014). "Random Shots: In Memory: Richard "Dick" Cabela". American Rifleman 162 (5): 28. 
  4. ^ Cabela's Inc. History
  5. ^ Richard Cabela, who co-founded outdoor gear retailer, dies at 77
  6. ^ Santoli, Michael. "Outdoor Enthusiasts Flock to Cabela’s, Investors Follow". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Staff. "Commercial Banks; Company Overview of World’s Foremost Bank". Bloomberg Business. Retrieved 16 December 2013.