Why Most Bucks Don’t Get Big

Why Most Bucks Don’t Get Big

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen Most of the deer we hunt are young deer. Only one percent of whitetail bucks ever get older than 8½ years. That’s the word from the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Few bucks get old enough to display their full antler potential, at about 4 to 5 years. The buck wearing his first […]

Who Is Your Hunting Hero?

Who Is Your Hunting Hero?

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen In some ways the outdoor world is a lot like Hollywood. People are working hard to become celebrities in the hunting and fishing world, but a celebrity is not a hero. We have many celebrities. We have few heroes. Unless celebrities maintain what marketers call “top-of-mind awareness,” they are easily replaced. […]

Four Truth Bombs About Coyotes

Four Truth Bombs About Coyotes

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen I saw my first eastern coyote in Maine in 1982. I killed my first one a couple of years later in Pennsylvania. Since then I’ve read everything I could get my hands on about this interesting canine. Few ordinary people have researched the eastern coyote for as long as I have, […]

Killing Never Becomes Routine

Killing Never Becomes Routine

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen Have you ever wondered what it would be like to kill every day? Imagine yourself as a coyote or a wolf, or some other natural predator – animals that must kill every day in order to survive. For them, killing is routine. Like them, I’m a hunter. But for me, killing […]

My “Dork” Deer

My “Dork” Deer

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen I shot a “dork” deer. No, I’m not engaging in junior high name calling. I’m not trying to be funny, or saying the deer was stupid, or ugly, or anything of the sort. I shot a deer with a birth defect – an abnormally short lower jaw. The technical term is […]

Deer on Cars – a Practical Issue

Deer on Cars – a Practical Issue

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen On opening day of deer season some 60 years ago, cars passing through Warren, PA formed a virtual parade of bucks tied to fenders. I wasn’t around to see it but I believe it because a quick Internet search will turn up nostalgic black and white photographs of our hunting forefathers […]

Lookin’ for Adventure?

Lookin’ for Adventure?

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen “Born to Be Wild,” that old Steppenwolf tune from 1968, wasn’t written about the Allegheny National Forest. But if you’re “lookin’ for adventure, and whatever comes our way” you can certainly find “wild” on that huge chunk of federal land. Robert Hilliard did. He got the crazy idea to seek adventure […]

A Theology of Hunting?

A Theology of Hunting?

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen Navy veteran and Catholic nun shows hunting is ecological stewardship. A few years ago the host of a radio program asked me what I like to write about most. He was thinking about the deer, bears, and turkeys we shoot. When I said, “People,” he was surprised. No, I don’t write […]

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