I have a long history with Outdoor Life, starting with when I used to lay a copy of the magazine inside my social studies book during class in the sixth grade in a bid to escape the tedium of learning about the purpose of the electoral college. (I still don’t totally get it. How’d this Barack guy get in the Oval Office again?)

More recently, some of you might recognize my name from when I actually fulfilled a childhood dream and served as an editor at OL for four years and for a shorter tenure as their Whitetails columnist. I also used to write the Strut Zone turkey blog for OL that is now cruising along so ably in the hands of my good friends Steve Hickoff and Gerry Bethge–striking fear into the hearts of turkeys everywhere. And I even had some posts on BBZ.

Now, following a short–and ultimately failed (thank you biggest economic debacle since the Great Depression)–stint with another publisher in a bid to get my Southern behind back below the Mason-Dixon line and home to my native Virginia, I’ve been out wandering around with computer and Wi-Fi connection in hand. (How’s that for a run-on sentence Mr. Ernest Hemingway?)

Luckily, it appears somebody left the back door unlocked here at the Big Buck Zone and quietly, I’ve slipped back in. (Okay, truthfully, I used an ax like Jack Nicholson in The Shining and bashed my way in followed with a little begging and pleading to let me stay.)

Regardless, the good folks at OL have brought me back among their blog line up, and I have to confess, it’s fun to be back in the saddle so to speak here at BBZ. Without droning on, I just wanted to let you guys know I’ll be around for awhile. So let me know what you think and what your thoughts and concerns are out there. If you have questions, I’d be happy to answer them. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll find someone who does. If I say something stupid that you disagree with, call me out on it. It comes with the territory. If I say something you agree with, by all means, feel free to back me up. We can all use someone to cover our backs from time to time. And of course, if you have a cool deer hunting story you want to share, let me know.

Above all, I’m excited to once again interact with the great readers of Outdoor Life and It’s going to be another fun ride. If you need to contact me directly, feel free to email me at