I’m 31 years old and I live in Columbus, Ohio, where I work as a postdoctoral research associate at The Ohio State University. My current position is nested within the Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Lab here in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, and we conduct research on everything from hunting license buying behavior to bobwhite quail habitat management to white-tailed deer to conserving large carnivores at the global scale. I have wildlife science degrees from North Carolina State University (B.S. and M.S.) and Auburn University (Ph.D.).
Before my education path and research career initiated, I lived in central North Carolina. I’m convinced that my father’s love for deer hunting fostered a permanent infatuation with the outdoors in my life. As a 12-year old, I killed my first deer at my grandpa’s farm in northwestern PA. From the time that bolt-action .243 barked in 1996, it was a slippery slope towards obsessive addiction. My initial passion was white-tailed deer hunting, and that has expanded to so much more.
As my blog name would suggest – I don’t consider myself a one dimensional outdoorsman. Far from it. I am just as likely to be floating down local creeks in my canoe, flipping decaying logs in search of salamanders, combing hillsides for antler sheds, hiking above timberline in search of bull elk, gardening heirloom vegetables, or patiently waiting on a big whitetail buck to make his last mistake. Where time and opportunity has afforded itself, bowfishing, trapping, pond fishing, small game hunting, and any other number of outdoor activities have also granted me some great memories. The list could go on. Regardless of the activity, it’s about the journey rather than the destination. I get as much satisfaction from hours of perusing maps and double-checking gear lists as the moments leading up to a final encounter. My blog is about bringing you along every moment along the entire way – something I’ve been doing for well over 1,200 posts and 8 years now.
I guess the thing that makes me somewhat unique is that I have taken my love for the outdoors and genuinely made it my life’s pursuit through my educational pursuits and my current focus in research. On top of the various research projects with which I’m currently involved, teaching undergraduates about wildlife management and wildlife science is a significant part of my responsibilities — a real opportunity to instill what I’ve learned and experienced into the next wave of wildlife and land management practitioners. That educational focus also spills over into my blog writing – sharing things I encounter in my day-to-day reading and passing along a perspective that you’ll hopefully find insightful and intriguing.
So what can you expect from my blog? I will bring you many exciting experiences from every corner of the outdoor world, practical how-to tips and candid product reviews, and glimpses into the natural world from the perspective of someone who is immersed in the field both personally, scientifically, and professionally.