My granddaughter, Kathryn Rose, aka, “Katy Rose” strode into my office with a swagger reminiscent of John Wayne. “Papo, it’s time for me to shoot a deer. Both my brothers and my two cousins have been hunting with you for a while and have shot deer. Now, I want to shoot a deer!” I suspect my chest swelled a bit at those words. Katy Rose had hunted with me in the past, but primarily as an observer. She had also shot a variety of guns at the local…

We’ve “traveled” a long way when it comes to deer management, be it quality deer management, trophy management or simply trying to keep deer populations in tune with what the habitat can sustain on a daily basis without having an adverse effect.   I even remember a time when the taking of does was taboo throughout much of the whitetail deer’s range. It wasn’t that many years ago.   As we progressed in deer management we’ve also come up with such terms as “management buck” to describe certain…

Not very long ago while giving a presentation in a northeastern state, I opened the floor to questions. A person about half way into the crowd asked, “What’s the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done?”   I knew he was talking about hunting situations, but to be frank the scariest thing I had done, at least recently, was to drive from my hotel room to the where I had to give my talk. Traffic was horrible. I didn’t really know where I was going. And, I somehow drove…

Sitting on planes during long flights is something I seem to do a fair amount of these days, whether flying to Africa, Australia, Austria or even Alaska to “film” segments of my DSC’s Trailing the Hunter’s Moon television show. Seems in 2014 I’m hung up on hunting those countries whose first letter starts with an “A”. Before the year is over I will have flown to Africa twice, once to Burkina Faso in northwestern Africa and also to Namibia, where I will be embarking to in a short…