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How Photography Has Made Me a Better Hunter

July 20, 2021


  “Wildlife photography consists of a series of repeated   attempts by a crazed individual to obtain impossible     photos of unpredictable subjects performing unlikely   behaviors under outrageous circumstances” – Mike Biggs     I got the shot! In fact, I got several shots that I was not even planning on. Those shots did not […]

Knowing When Enough is Enough

July 6, 2021


    Your audience will let you know when it’s time to go. – Frank Sinatra     How do we determine when it is time to go? When have you written enough on a specific subject matter, the white-tailed deer in my case? How impactful is what you have to produce being on the […]

Getting Schooled by the Animals

June 22, 2021


  “Ask now the beasts, and they shall teach you; and the birds of the air, and they shall tell you.”  –  Job 12:7     I could hear her coming long before she vaulted into sight. Branches were snapping, and the thud of her hooves hitting the forest floor reverberated along the valley. Of […]

What Matters Most?

June 8, 2021


  Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends.  – John 15:13   Friends. We all have them, or at least we should. We have social media friends, and usually so many it is hard to keep track. I personally have over 2,500 hundred Facebook friends, most […]

A Turkey Hunter Comes Full Circle

May 24, 2021


  “As you go through life, you will see that there is so much that we don’t understand. And the only thing we know is that things don’t always go the way we plan.” – The Lion King     Isn’t it funny how things in life have a way of repeating themselves? Now I’m […]

The Allure of A Bird

May 10, 2021


  Some men suppose, probably judging by the domestic variety, that wild turkeys are dumb, and they don’t understand why others consider hunting them such fine sport. It’s because of its difficulty and uncertainty. It offers a challenge that only those naturally gifted with woods sense and patience can master. – Archibald Rutledge, Turkey Hunting […]

The Wary Warrior

April 27, 2021


  By Guest Blogger, Hart L. Daley     The turkey hunters exert painstaking effort, as they plan to embark on their quest to outwit the wary old mossy head. They enter their hunting area in stealth, under the cover of darkness. As they sit motionless in the slowly awakening morning light, the silence is […]

Great Mistakes – AKA, I’ve Blown It

April 13, 2021


      “None of the good hunters I have ever known blamed another man’s success for his own failures. Each admitted his own shortcomings and worked to improve them.”  Roger Rothhaar/Whitetail Magic       Making mistakes is how we learn. Lord knows I’ve made more than my fair share over the years. Without […]

Ask The Deer Tracker

March 30, 2021


  March Column     Editor’s note:  Anyone wishing to send a question for future “Ask The Deer Tracker” posts can e-mail it to,       Q. – Late this summer I photographed two different fawns just two days apart in two different locations of the Adirondacks. The first was a fawn in […]

A Deer Named Jed

March 16, 2021


  This here is a narrative from a deer named Jed, a big whitetail buck who’s trying to keep from being dead. With a size twelve hoof and gigantic rack, let’s find out what he thinks once he’s being tracked. And then one day when he was chasing a doe, from out of nowhere came […]