Steve is free to give his honest opinions, positive or negative, about any product or service -- including the products he officially endorses here or anywhere else.
Outdoorsman's sites with a Christian message:
Without Excuse Ministries is the collective effort of Pastor Paul Walerczak (Indiana) and Outdoor Photographer, Writer, and Internet show host Bill Winke (Iowa). The vision is simple: Use what God has created to reach the outdoorsmen with the life changing message that is found only in Jesus Christ. "For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are 'Without Excuse'" (Romans 1:20).
Everyday Hunter's Social Networking site:
Facebook.com I don't plan to twitter and tweet (unless you think those are the sounds I make on my turkey call) but I did go ahead and join FaceBook.
Message Boards where I post:
Deer & Deer Hunting Whitetails, and whitetails only. (OK – maybe a few exceptions.) This is the message board for whitetail fanatics. Good guys who are knowledgeable about
Turkey & Turkey Hunting If you're interested in turkey hunting, you won't find a better place to discuss the subject than the T&TH Forums. Sign up and participate in the discussions.
National Wild Turkey Federation Forums Another great turkey hunting site loaded with information, and sponsored by the number one wild turkey conservation group.You should join.
The Christian Outdoorsman Forums The best place on the 'net for fellowship and inspiration from like-minded Christian outdoorsmen – worth a look for more than its message board. Check out the store.
HuntingPA.com Forums If you want to know anything about hunting
Organizations I'm associated with:
Services I've used:
PR Guides of New Brunswick. I've hunted with other guides in Canada, and none of them compare to Pierre and Ron. Very comfortable accommodations, lots of bait sites with multiple active bears, and first class service. These guys know what they're doing. They do moose, too!
Great Alaska HuntsIf you're after a moose, caribou, Dall's sheep or grizzly bear, 40-Mile Air will put you where the game is for a do-it-yourself hunt -- much less expensive than a guided Alaska hunt. If you're up to doing a self-guided hunt in the interior of Alaska, check out their website and give 40-Mile Air a call. Read about the hunt I made with 40-Mile Air. It was published in Outdoor Life. Click here for "Double Trouble: Two Alaskan moose test a hunting duo's limits."
DreamSteelie.com For a fishing trip to Lake Erie, you can do no better than Vision Quest/Dream Steelie Charters. Captain Pete Alex worked hard for us on a rainy day with relentless wind and whitecaps. We went away very satisfied with this highly professional, very knowledgeable fishing guide. He knows Lake Erie as well as anyone. Check out his website at DreamSteelie.com and give him a call.
The Everyday Hunter recommends...
Havalon Knives These lightweight super-sharp knives are surgeon-sharp. That's because they use a real surgical scalpel blade which is fitted onto a handle with a folding mehanism. They're the #1 knife, in my opinion, for field dressing a deer (and also for many daily chores). Check out my article on their website called How to Field Dress Your Deer Like a Pro. And check out the great content Havalon provides hunters on the Havalon Sportsman's Post (where I'm the content editor.)
Alpen Optics Alpen specializes in binoculars, from low-end promotional models to high end models with the latest technology. There's a model for every need. They also make rifle scopes. You get a lot for your money when you use Alpen, and a "No Blame, No Fault, No Problem Lifetime Warranty" comes with it.
An optical-assist device that helps you hold spotting scopes, cameras, or rangefinders rock-steady. Read about it here. Don't be without one!
Kodabow Crossbows You're going to hear more about Kodabow! It's an American-made bow, from right here in Pennsylvania. I've shot several brands, and I don't think you can find a more well thought-out crossbow than a Kodabow. If you're in the market for one, make sure you check it out!
Some of My Friends' Websites:
CharlesAlsheimer.com -- Charles Alsheimer Charlie is the world's best when it comes to photographing whitetail deer, and one of the best in observing and interpreting whitetail behavior. Plus, he sets the standard for anyone who speaks professionally at wild game dinners.
www.KnowHunting.com -- Dr. Dave Samuel, retired professor of wildlife management at West Virginia University, tells it like it is about whitetails. His new book Whitetail Advantage interprets the latest scientific findings about the whitetail deer for the hunter. His even newer book Whitetail Racks tells everything you need to know about deer antlers. Order both from his website, and find a lot more great information there, too.
StrictlyWhitetails.com -- Brian Miller The website of Brian Miller, a
RosieMarketing.com -- Donnie Rosie Marketing can help you out if you're looking for a young, aggressive, thoughtful person to help you with internet marketing, social media management, and web design. He also understands event promotion and electronic media.
AnimalisticsTrapping.com -- Darin Freeborough -- Without a doubt Darin is one of the best at trapping the eastern coyote. He demonstrates many of his personal techniques in his popular instructional video. He puts on a great seminar, too. For canine trapping, Darin is your man.
JackPaluh.com – Jack Paluh If you've seen Jack's artwork, you'll remember it. Jack is known for his series on eastern Indian hunting themes, and his military heritage series. He's an inspired artist who lives in nearby Waterford, PA. Jack also has another website that highlights his original art work at http://www.paluhoriginals.com/.
GeraldPutt.com -- Gerald W. Putt is an internationally acclaimed wildlife artist who grew up in the small, quiet, central Pennsylvania town of Boiling Springs where the ducks on the lake inspired him at a young age. Today, Gerry is always in competition for duck stamps, and often takes the prize.
-- Gary.com is the host of a regional talk radio show called "Grizzly Gary's Goin' Fishin' & Huntin'." Gary is a real entertainer, and always has interesting guests. Check out his website for message forums, archived shows, and the growing list of stations the show is broadcast on.
Buckhaven Wildlife Art -- You won't find a better taxidermist in this area than Jason Morrison. As a lifelong wildlife artist, he pays attention to every anatomical detail to create truly lifelike mounts. Before you go to any other taxidermist, check out this article I've written about him: What Goes Into Good Taxidermy.
-- www.BearHuntersOnline.com I've been appointed field editor for the new Bear Hunters Online magazine. Check it out -- it has a tremendous staff of writers/contributors, and the subscription price is very low -- only 99¢ per issue! Subscribe now, and don't miss anything!
Ohio Valley Outdoors -- www.ohiovalleyoutdoors.com/ I write regularly for this regional bi-monthly magazine. OVO always publishes my column, but sometimes I write additional articles for the magazine.
-- www.northamericanwhitetail.com/My first article in NAW was about a "Booner" buck from remote Forest County, PA. Since then I've published several more, and usually have an article for NAW in the works. It's a great magazine for whitetail hunting stories. The best stories feature successful whitetail strategies applied in real life.
Pro-Staff or Field Staff for:
Havalon Knives -- Steve endorses the knife you'll never need to sharpen. Just replace the medical surgical scalpel blade and you're back in business. You'll never do a faster, neater job of field dressing your deer!
Alpen Optics -- "Amazing Performance at Affordable Prices" – that's the slogan of Alpen Outdoor Corporation. Alpen has repeatedly won awards in direct comparison tests. You can rely on Alpen rifle scopes, binoculars and spotting scopes under any conditions. I do!
-- I serve as the Pennsylvania "Web Pro Staff" member for the website of Deer & Deer Hunting magazine, which began as an informal "study group" called the "Stump Sitters." Not many hunters sit on stumps these days, but we're just as devoted to the sport as ever. Sign up and join the conversations at the D&DH forums.