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. […]

Shots at Whitetails

Shots at Whitetails

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen Years ago I missed a standing shot at a young buck and it boosted him instantly to top speed. I locked my eyes on him as I ejected the spent .30-06 round and chambered another. Then I picked out a spot ahead of the deer. When he entered my scope I […]

Is a Record Buck in Your Future?

Is a Record Buck in Your Future?

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen Hunting whitetail deer is popular, so it’s no wonder we have so many record books. Many states, maybe most, have record books. Besides states we have a regional record book kept by the Northeast Big Buck Club. Pope and Young keeps records of bucks taken with archery tackle. Safari Club includes […]

Genetically Inferior Deer

Genetically Inferior Deer

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen Would you shoot a genetically inferior deer? When hunters talk about genetics in whitetail deer, we’re almost always talking about antlers. So maybe your answer is, “Yes, I’ve done it many times? I can never seem to get a buck with good antler genetics.” Or maybe your answer is, “Yes, we […]

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