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

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.


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.


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?


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[.....]

Review: Caldwell’s DeadShot ChairPod

For benchrest shooting accuracy in the field, at the range, or in the blind.

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Every so often a product comes along that makes one wonder what took them so long. Caldwell Shooting Supplies, part of the Battenfeld Technologies, Inc. group out of Columbia, Missouri, makes some great products for shooters, gunsmiths, gun enthusiasts, and hunters. You have to shop their web site Read More…

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…