JOHN TARANTO grew up hunting deer and turkeys in central New York with his father, brother, uncles and cousins, and fishing for northern pike, walleyes and smallmouths in northern Ontario, where his family owns summer camps. Since joining Outdoor Life in 2000, Taranto has hunted and fished in numerous states and Canadian provinces. Long intrigued by the equipment used by hunters and fishermen, Taranto now travels all over North America putting the newest hunting and fishing gear through its paces and reporting his findings in the pages of Outdoor Life.