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

Ideal Scopes for Deer Hunting

There are a multitude of choices for riflescopes for hunting white-tailed deer.

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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[.....]

Smoky Mountain Knife Works a Must Visit

If you love knives, then you have to add a trip to this store to your bucket list.

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Here’s another one for your AllOutdoors bucket list. If you get anywhere near the Knoxville, Tennessee area for business or pleasure, let me highly recommend this side trip to a super unique, definitely one-of-a-kind retail store. Furthermore, if you are a dyed-in-the-wool knife person, either for Read More…

Tips for Quality Taxidermy Results

To have a great mount of that trophy buck you took, there are some tips for preparing the head prior to delivery to the taxidermist.

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Few things create more excitemenon for deer hunters than getting that first look at their prized buck mount back from their taxidermist. The result is either one of ecstatic pride or sometimes dreadful disappointment. It need not ever be the later if the proper procedures are taken to prepare a Read More…

The .358 Winchester – Still Kicking

After a lot of fanfare years ago the new .358 took the hunting world by storm, but over the years, it was slowly forgotten. Now is the time to try it again.

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Sometimes fulfilling an item on the bucket list takes time. It took me forty years to lay my hands on a rifle chambered for the venerable old .358 Winchester. I actually did find one at a gun show once, but the walnut stock still had the halftrack tread marks all across the wood. I passed.[.....]

The Kimber 1911 10mm Whitetail Wondergun

Kimber makes more 1911 pistol models than anybody else in the business, all meant for serious business.

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Kimber pistols are the quintessential 1911. If you can get your hands on a Kimber factory catalog, for a pistol shooter it is like getting the old Marshall Fields Christmas catalog when I was a kid (or in my childhood home town, the Christmas flyer from the local Western Auto). There are so many Read More…

Doe Harvests a Big Part of Deer Management

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The old guard of deer hunters never wanted to kill antlerless deer. The thinking was that hunters would be diminishing the breeding stock of doe deer that would provide future generations of deer on a property. Such thinking has long been proven contrary to sound white-tailed deer management Read More…

Dancing the Dodge and Dash

Small game hunting still offers a tremendous amount of recreational value and just plain old fashioned fun.

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Cottontail bunnies give a whole new meaning to the term zig-zag. I know because I grew up cutting my hunting teeth chasing down cottontail rabbits over the fence in the backyard with a Crossman .22 CO2 pellet rifle. Talk about learning to rabbit hunt the hard way. When I finally got my first Read More…

Ground Blinds Back in Vogue

Many hunters are returning to the use of a variety of stands on the ground.

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What goes around comes around, even with hunting equipment and hunting strategies. Before the advent of the ever popular tree stands that we see everywhere in the woods today, deer hunters used to hunt on the ground. Many of the old black and white photos of early deer hunters showed them sitting on Read More…

Get a Rifle Sling with Some Cling

Rifle sling choices abound, but have you got one that really stays on your shoulder through a rough hunt?

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Sometimes a topic seems so simple that we laugh at the title. This could be one of those ideas. I mean, a rifle sling is a rifle sling, right? All they were designed to do is tote a rifle over the shoulder. What could be so complicated about that? Ask yourself this one simple question.[.....]

Review: ScopeShield Scope Cover

Quality Scopes Deserve Top Protective Cover

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One may ask just how much a product review writer could say about a simple device like a neoprene scope cover, but that’s hardly the point. If you have a hunting rifle of any kind with a scope mounted on it, then you need a high quality scope cover to protect it, and the ScopeShield[.....]