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

Forty-eight hours before Katrina hit landfall, the highways leading away from the Gulf Coast were choked with cars, trucks, RVs, and anything on wheels escaping north. Many of those people trying to evade the coming disaster had nothing more with them than the clothes on their backs. People arrived Read More…

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Have you had acceptable, successful luck using trail cameras? I have not. In fact I very reluctantly just bought two new ones at an outdoors show to replace the three pieces of junk I already owned but couldn’t get to work worth a flip. There has to be a better way. Maybe AO readers can[.....]

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It is rather amazing how many bow hunters never practice shooting their bows, and then they are dismissive when they miss that big buck that wandered into their shooting lane. Shooting a hunting bow is tough enough to nail a target like a deer, especially from an elevated stand, but if you do not Read More…

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I was sitting on the front porch of my hunting cabin out in the boonies, which also serves as my primary bug out hideout, just relaxing taking in the sunrise. We felt like the immediate camp yard was secure. The front steel gate was locked with a heavy chain wrap. Our cabins are not visible[.....]


My dad was huge with the idea of redundancy. He had two or three of everything, so if something broke or got lost, he had one or likely more backups. I suppose this is why I have three complete sets of screwdrivers: one in the garage, one in the storage room, and one in a[.....]


After a harrowing night of driving back roads, dodging roving road blocks, and trying to negotiate through a couple of small towns crowded with wandering looters, you finally wake up in your bug out hideout. The reality shocks you awake. Hundreds of questions pop into your mind. The wife and kids Read More…


You are sitting in your favorite recliner after dinner at the end of a day of work that stressed you out mentally and wore you out physically. All you need is a quickie thirty minute nap to revive you for some work you need to finish in the yard. Before you doze off, you click[.....]


It sounds like heresy to say it, but an AR- or AK-pattern rifle isn’t for every prepper or survivalist. Some people don’t have the time, resources, or inclination to get¬†proper training on a modern military weapons platform. Maybe they’re not really gun people but they’d Read More…


At AllOutdoor we have hit on and around this subject several times in the past, but some recent changes in the marketplace have encouraged me to discuss some new developments. This in turn has created some new ammo buying strategies to consider. One of my hobbies (if you want to call it) that is Read More…