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

Getting Started with a Crossbow

Many states are relaxing archery hunting seasons for deer to the open use of crossbows.

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Deer hunting with archery gear was something I always wanted to try. I did, too, for several years until I lost my hand grip coming down a wet tree stand ladder and pulled my shoulder doing a lunge grab just before falling. After that, I could not pull my bow all the way back without[.....]

Women Who are Deer Hunters: 3 Million and Counting

Male hunters need to learn some of the characteristics of female hunters to improve their own game.

Angelia Rustin buck

A deer camp is a special place. There’s nothing better than sitting around the campfire, watching the flames dance against the woods line, talking over the day’s hunt with plans for tomorrow, eating a roasted hot dog or a melted marshmallow, and taking in the subtle scents of perfume. Perfume? Read More…

ATV Safe Riding Tips

ATVs are fun to ride and practical, but they can be dangerous if not ridden safely.

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The last time I looked, most of the ATV manufacturers have labels right on their ATVs giving a recommended age for its use. I feel certain, too, that the owner manuals probably have many safety suggestions listed as well. Of course, you have to read the manual to know that. Most if not all Read More…

Plotting Wildlife Food Plots

The season is here to start planning and planting wildlife food plots.

Cypress stand

Creating supplemental wildlife food plots is a popular practice these days. Both hunters and wildlife observers are more interested than ever in growing mini-crops of plants that can not only provide additional nutritional benefits to all kinds of wildlife both consumptive and non-consumptive, but Read More…

In Range’s New Sight Bloc

Need a solid rest at the gun range or off the hood of your truck? This sighting bloc made from recycled rubber is just the ticket.


The new In-Range Sight Bloc is perfect for shooters and hunters. The In-Range Sight Bloc is manufactured from a specially patented rubber composite with built in U-V protection. It will not break down even under extreme atmospheric conditions. Water does not soak into this material as it is dense by Read More…

Putting Together a Road Travel Safety Bag

Here are some suggestions and tips for creating a vehicle travel safety bag to put in the car or truck in case of emergencies.


Outdoors enthusiasts are always on the move. Whether you hunt, fish, hike, bird watch, camp, kayak, ride ATVS, or whatever you do outside close to home or a distance off, you are at some point traveling in a primary vehicle. When you pack your gear in the pickup truck, SUV, RV, or whatever you Read More…

Millennium Tree Seat

Need a flexible hunting seat option? Check out the Millennium Tree Seat, which can be set up in seconds to create a great ground blind seat option.


As a fervent white-tailed deer hunter, I like the flexibility of moving around my hunting property from stand to stand as the deer season changes. When the wildlife food plots green up in late October with lush ryegrass, wheat, and oats, I like to slip into a shooting house along a mile long Read More…

The Surefire Hi-Cap AR Magazine

Need extra AR ammo capacity? Check out the Surefire 60-Round Mag.


Whatever SHTF scenario plan you have devised, whether it is a classic, well prepped Bug Out escape or an Alamo standoff on the home front, more than likely there is a firearms component written into the flowchart. Having reviewed many forums for some time without being compelled to engage any Read More…

Hunting Camp Work – Refreshing Stands

It's nearly September and fall hunting seasons are just around the corner. Time is now to start getting all your hunting stands ready.


Assessing the status of hunting stands is an annual ritual at deer camp. We usually reserve a full day or two at our camp each year to work on stands. It is amazing what the impact of sitting out in the sun and weather for nearly a year can make on wooden and steel hunting[.....]

Review: Quake Industries Stag Seat

Need an all-terrain outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping seat? This is it.


It may seem odd to call a camp seat an All-Terrain product, but then the Quake Industries All-Terrain Seat comes as close to anything I can imagine. As a connoisseur of hunting camp seating equipment, I have found the Quake Stag a superior version of the common seat to have around the camp, in Read More…