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

How to Deal with Bad Weather when Deer Hunting


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…

Project Appleseed’s Rifle Marksmanship Program

A unique opportunity to learn to shoot your rifles well at various distances, then teach others

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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…

.300 BLK Proves Mettle on Whitetails

Proprietary 300 round for ARs works well for hunting deer sized game, hogs, and varmints.


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…

Ideal Scopes for Deer Hunting

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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…