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Steve Sorensen

Steve Sorensen of Russell, PA is an award-winning outdoor writer whose column, The Everyday Hunter®, offers hunting tips, strategies, and insights on how to think about hunting. His byline has appeared in the nation’s top hunting magazines including Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Deer & Deer Hunting, Pennsylvania Game News, Fur-Fish-Game, North American Whitetail, Bear Hunting Magazine and more. He contributes regular website content to Legendary Whitetails and Havalon Knives and is a field editor for Deer Hunters Online. Steve is also in demand as an event speaker, presenting programs on do-it-yourself Alaska moose hunting, whitetail deer, wild turkeys, and eastern coyotes, with new programs coming. E-mail him at EverydayHunter@gmail.com to invite him to speak at your next sportsmen’s dinner (or to tell him where your best hunting spot is).
Way back when the author was a long-haired freaky person, his father taught him the head-down method of skinning. He has stuck with it.

Skinning Head Up Versus Head Down

Hanging a deer head up versus head down for skinning is always a hot topic among hunters. I doubt I can end this debate,...
If you don’t see deer at this time of the year, you’re not looking. And if you see a buck and does are around, he’ll likely be very reluctant to leave.

Hunting Season Is Also Wildlife Viewing Season

Which states throughout the mid-Atlantic area and New England have hunting’s best values? That’s easy. New York and Pennsylvania have the lowest hunting license...
Try cooking an entire backstrap on the grill. Marinate overnight, cook to 145 degrees, wrap in foil for five minutes, and slice thin. Delicious.

The Everyday Hunter: Basics About Home Venison Processing – Part 2

For many deer hunters, butchering a deer at home is a natural conclusion to the hunt. Growing up, our family butchered our own deer....
Home butchering requires only a few simple tools. Sharp knives and a solid cutting surface are all you need. The Havalon knife has three different blades. Do it near running water and keep a rag handy. Inedible waste goes into the empty peanut butter jar.

The Everyday Hunter: Basics About Home Venison Processing – Part 1

I began processing my own deer a long time ago when I worked in the meat room of a little grocery store, and while...
One horn from the skull of an Alaskan Dall Sheep (left) has been removed to show the boney core. On the skull of a Sitka blacktail deer (right, also from Alaska) both antlers are branched. The buck died before shedding them, so they remain attached to the skull. Both were found after the winter snows melted.

Horns, Antlers, and a Lesson from a City Girl

Deer hunters routinely use the word “horns,” but we all know the growths on a buck’s head are not horns. They’re antlers. Very different...

Sorensen Scoops Up Writing Awards from Two Organizations

Steve Sorensen, Jamestown Gazette outdoor columnist and contributor to regional and national magazines, recently won several “Excellence in Craft” awards from the Pennsylvania Outdoor...
Fox squirrels are the big ones. Head shots provide a sure kill and plenty of meat for the pot.

The Everyday Hunter: Everybody’s Squirrels

Although I cut my hunting cuspids on rabbits and ringnecks with my beagle, I’m no longer much of a small game hunter. I remember...

Counting Days & Making Days Count

After my first deer successful deer season in 1967 I remember counting the days until the 1968 season. By my count it was 351...
The author has shot bigger bucks, but none more memorable than the first.

Never Wear Corduroy Pants

The air temperature was 30-degrees as I followed Dad to my stand in darkness. The air didn’t feel cold, but it was cold enough...
No one wants to see whitetail fatalities along the highway, but reducing highway mortality is not deer conservation.

Coronavirus, Cars, and Deer Conservation

Fewer deer are getting hit by cars during the coronavirus quarantine. That’s why several writers have said fewer deer/car impacts are a benefit to...

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