Maybe It’s a Heart Problem

Maybe It’s a Heart Problem

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen People say, “Let’s just agree on some common sense gun laws,” as though we don’t have plenty of gun laws now, or there’s no common sense in the ones we do have. I wonder how many people lobbying for new gun legislation know that from 1993 to 2013, gun violence dropped […]

As Goes Hunting, So Goes Wildlife

Someday, will birdwatchers have to buy a license?

As Goes Hunting, So Goes Wildlife

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen Fewer and fewer hunting licenses are being sold, which forecasts a crisis in wildlife funding. And if today’s antagonism toward firearms ever rids society of guns, the decline in hunting revenues will be tragic for wildlife. Most people grasp the idea that forest rangers and game wardens on our public lands […]

Shed Antlers Hunting Is No Waste of Time

Shed Antlers Hunting  Is No Waste of Time

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen The shed antler season is conveniently tucked right between the end of deer season and the beginning of spring gobbler season. Although it’s an unofficial season, that’s when the most serious hunters head for the woods to look for shed antlers in New York and Pennsylvania. “Why?” you might ask. “If […]

15 Reasons Why I Hunt

15 Reasons Why I Hunt

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen People ask why we hunt. The question is often a challenge—a way of asking the hunter to defend or to justify his hunting. But we don’t need to justify hunting any more than a golfer needs to justify golfing. No primitive man ever justified the thing that sustained him, so why […]

An Awareness Ribbon for Hunting?

An Awareness Ribbon for Hunting?

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen Every cause has its advocates, and more than 500 causes have awareness ribbons. They range from pink for breast cancer to black for those lost in the September 11th attacks. And now we have an orange camouflage awareness ribbon for hunting. Before you respond that the idea is trivial, think about […]

Slaying Ourselves with Social Media

Slaying Ourselves with Social Media

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen I don’t go many places on social media. I don’t Twitter tweet, or follow anyone who does. I’m not on Instagram or Pinterest, or MySpace. And I haven’t yet figured out what LinkedIn is all about. I limit myself to Facebook and a couple of specialized discussion forums because they help […]

Well Done, My Friend

Well Done, My Friend

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen Modern media creates many heroes, stars, mentors, and role models. Unless you are a deer hunter you may not have noticed the late Charlie Alsheimer, but for us he was all that, and more. As a young Air Force recruit in Vietnam, Charlie was introduced to photography. When he returned home […]

Stories—Every Hunter Has Them

Stories—Every Hunter Has Them

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen From the first cave man who drew pictures on a rock wall, to the last hunter to tag a buck this season, every hunter has stories to tell. First buck. Biggest buck. Hardest gobbler. Coldest day. Longest shot. They all make us what we are as hunters. What anthropologists call oral […]

Once a Spike, Always a Spike?

Once a Spike, Always a Spike?

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen We used to hear it said often, “Once a spike, always a spike.” A generation ago most hunters knew little about what went on in the deer world outside hunting season itself and a few scouting days leading up to the season. Today’s average hunter has access to much more knowledge. […]

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