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

By now you’re tired of hunting. Most of us are in the garage looking for a project before we have to get the lawnmower going, and I have just the ticket: it’s time plan your next fishing trip and to start gearing up for the spring fishing season. Dig out those tackle boxes and fishing[.....]

Mag loader

Life can dish out its share of annoying little injuries. I hate paper cuts, mashed fingers in doors, a slipped screwdriver into the hand, anything heavy dropped on my toes, and thumbs busted trying to push rounds into a pistol magazine. Well, those days are over, at least for the busted thumbs. Read More…

Enid squirrels 2

For many hunters, the winter doldrums have set in. Most of the big game seasons out west have been over for some time. The Upper Midwest white-tailed deer hunting is over and the snow is too deep anyway. Here in the South, deer seasons are over or will be in a couple weeks. What do[.....]


A time in the not too distant past, most of us probably considered the use of unmanned aerial drones to be the sole domain of the military. It’s a new technology that’s now in use across battlefields around the world. Drones vary in size from small disks like flying saucers to large enough Read More…


Have you got a dab of moxie left by now or are your cookies just about toasted? The last few weeks of deer hunting can seemingly drain the energy and senses from many deer hunters. However, truth be told this is the time of year to concentrate your hunting focus. Lots of trophy bucks have[.....]


Deer hunting seasons are far from over in the South. However, being January now, we are into what regional hunters laughingly refer to as the “monsoon” season. January and February are typically our coldest, windiest, and most assuredly our rainiest. As I type this, it is the 2nd of January and Read More…

Appleseed Event 3

An organization by the name of the Revolutionary War Veterans Association is a non-profit that has developed a special program called Project Appleseed. The focus of the project is to sponsor weekend shooting events to teach the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship and intertwine these skills with the Read More…


Honestly you never know the true performance of a particular gun and ammo combination until it is tested in the field under real hunting conditions. So in the back of my mind there was a bit of nervous anxious anticipation when I took my first shot at a white-tailed deer with my Smith and Read More…


When is the last time you saw a deer rifle without a scope on it? I am betting it has been quite a few deer seasons ago. I think it has been 1970 since I saw a deer rifle in the woods using only open sights. I remember this because it was my first deer[.....]