I have been an avid outdoorsman all my life. I have hunted and fished most of the Eastern United States for over three decades. During my tenure as a hunter, I have taken most every North American game animal with either a rifle or bow.
Smaller game animals I have taken too many to count. I hunt duck, rabbit, dove, and squirrel every season and take a number of coyote each year which are open season in my area. I greatly miss the quail seasons of my youth but they have all but disappeared across the regions that I commonly hunt.
I have lost count of the turkey I have taken, usually with a bow but occasionally with a shotgun. The largest of which was 19lbs taken in 1999 with a shotgun. Generally, I don’t bother to weigh my turkey. I prefer a younger, smaller bird for eating anyway.
I have taken dozens of deer, the largest of which was a buck weighing about a 145lbs with a recurve bow on the stalk. His rack measured 135” on a 9-point. This was dwarfed by my two elk kills, the bull of which topped out just under 700 lbs. Both elk were taken with a rifle.
I have also taken hog and bear on several occasions with both rifle and bow and big horned sheep with bow only.
For the last 15 years I have engaged heavily in shooting competitions in various disciplines including traditional archery, handgun, and long-range rifle. I have shot in Glock shooting sports competitions, USPSA, and with the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
I no longer have the desire to compete at a high level but satisfy myself with competing at local and regional competitions as time permits, generally placing well enough that I am not ashamed of my results.
My longest shot on target was 886 meters in 2014 with a Remington 700 chambered in .300 Winchester Magnum. While I enjoyed that time, I now am more than satisfied in competing with .22 rifles at 100 yards using a custom built Volquartsen 10/22.
In other areas of my life, I am a search and rescue team member in two states and teach outdoor skills and land navigation. I am currently pursuing the dying art of man-tracking as a hobby and an asset to my SAR teams.
I can often be found wondering the woods of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. Sometimes I am hunting and sometimes I am just there to get away from the drag of daily life.
I am a professional cartographer by trade and currently work in that field along with my writing work.
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