Dr. John

Award winning outdoor writer/photographer since 1978. Over 3000 articles and columns published nationally. Field & Stream Hero of Conservation in 2007. Fields of writing includes hunting most game in American, Canada, and Europe, fishing fresh and saltwater, destination travel, product reviews, industry consulting, and conservation issues. Currently VP at largest community college in Mississippi in economic development and workforce training with 40 years of experience in Higher Education. BS-MS in wildlife sciences from MO. University, and then a PhD in Industrial Psychology. Married with two children and Molly the Schnoodle.

Recent Posts

Trials with the .35 Whelen

Developed by famous hunter-gun man Townsend Whelen, the .35 is a hopped up 30-06 taking 35 caliber bullets. The mix is an extremely effective cartridge for big game hunting.


When the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks permitted the use of centerfire, single shot rifles for the primitive weapons deer season, the whole face of deer hunting changed in Mississippi. The analysis of that move proved two things. First, it killed the sales of black powder guns, and Read More…

AR Magazine Strategies

ARs are popular but require attention to detail.


If you own and use an AR rifle platform, then you need an AR magazine strategy. Have you ever seen so many options for ways to feed a rifle than with the vast varieties of AR magazine configurations? Your primary usage scenario for your AR doesn’t matter. You still need a strategy. Maybe you Read More…

Hog Hunting in North Mississippi

Many states like Texas and Georgia are well known for their over populations of wild pigs, but Mississippi is on the list, too.

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Some say there is a wild hog epidemic in Mississippi. Others try to downplay it as just another nuisance species that needs a little more control and eradication effort. Either way you choose to look at it, the facts are that free ranging packs of wild pigs are rooting their way around the state, Read More…

Squirrel Hunting Revisited

Small game hunting is great fun and an ideal way to initiate youth hunters

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What has happened to squirrel hunting? Or should I say squirrel hunters? Squirrel hunting ought to be a top small game hunting sport, but over the past decade or so it seems to have faded into obscurity. Surely there are still hunters out there quietly stalking bushtails around the woods, but you Read More…

Handguns for Deer

Want the ultimate deer hunting challenge? Try hunting deer with a handgun.


Handgun hunting for deer is the ultimate challenge for a firearms deer hunter. Is it the extreme test of hunter stalking and shooting skills, so if you are looking for a new deer hunting experience to reinvigorate your hunting, then give handgun hunting a go. It was a cold morning just north of the Read More…

Getting Started with a Crossbow

Many states are relaxing archery hunting seasons for deer to the open use of crossbows.

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Deer hunting with archery gear was something I always wanted to try. I did, too, for several years until I lost my hand grip coming down a wet tree stand ladder and pulled my shoulder doing a lunge grab just before falling. After that, I could not pull my bow all the way back without[.....]

Women Who are Deer Hunters: 3 Million and Counting

Male hunters need to learn some of the characteristics of female hunters to improve their own game.

Angelia Rustin buck

A deer camp is a special place. There’s nothing better than sitting around the campfire, watching the flames dance against the woods line, talking over the day’s hunt with plans for tomorrow, eating a roasted hot dog or a melted marshmallow, and taking in the subtle scents of perfume. Perfume? Read More…

ATV Safe Riding Tips

ATVs are fun to ride and practical, but they can be dangerous if not ridden safely.

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The last time I looked, most of the ATV manufacturers have labels right on their ATVs giving a recommended age for its use. I feel certain, too, that the owner manuals probably have many safety suggestions listed as well. Of course, you have to read the manual to know that. Most if not all Read More…

Plotting Wildlife Food Plots

The season is here to start planning and planting wildlife food plots.

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Creating supplemental wildlife food plots is a popular practice these days. Both hunters and wildlife observers are more interested than ever in growing mini-crops of plants that can not only provide additional nutritional benefits to all kinds of wildlife both consumptive and non-consumptive, but Read More…

In Range’s New Sight Bloc

Need a solid rest at the gun range or off the hood of your truck? This sighting bloc made from recycled rubber is just the ticket.


The new In-Range Sight Bloc is perfect for shooters and hunters. The In-Range Sight Bloc is manufactured from a specially patented rubber composite with built in U-V protection. It will not break down even under extreme atmospheric conditions. Water does not soak into this material as it is dense by Read More…