Having published thousands of articles and editorials in more than one hundred periodicals around the world, Ron Spomer is one of the most popular, knowledgeable, and engaging outdoor writers of our time. Visit his Biography for more details or Current Publications on the stands now.
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Here are few samples of Ron’s writing:
“We’d already seen a number of red hartebeest bulls that morning … Two big herds ran as we drove in, dust rising in the cool air before the sun. As we hiked into the grass beyond the car, a small bull walked blindly up to us, its hindquarters low as if its bushy tail were weighing it down.” The Hartebeest King, Sports Afield, Sept. 2005
“Medicare should pay for pig hunting. When you’re suffering terminal impatience awaiting the opening of deer season, feral swine are there to relieve the pressure. Pork on the hoof is probably more effective than valium, medical marijuana and Tylenol. Why should the government pay for your nervous breakdown when, for less money, they could send you pig hunting?” High on the Hog, Successful Hunter, July 2005.
“There probably isn’t an adult alive in America who hasn’t at some time heard or uttered this sentiment about deer: ‘How can anyone kill such a beautiful animal?’ Ouch. How do you defend against that? Are you really so insensitive, heartless and aesthetically perverse as to want to destroy natural beauty? The very idea sounds monstrous. Yet the real question should be: ‘How can you not want to kill such a beautiful animal?’ Just as rose petals attract bees, whitetails attract predators. They look good, they smell good and they taste good. Virtually every creature with the slightest carnivorous leanings wants to sink its teeth into whitetails.” The Hunter’s Book of the Whitetail, North American Hunting Club books, 2000.
“It would be neither wholly inaccurate nor unkind to describe rutting muskoxen as two haystacks making love. This isn’t a creature prone to exhibitionism. Guard hairs as much as two feet long drape nearly to the ground, all but obliterating the plodding, phlegmatic animal beneath. Only a square, black muzzle and two hooked horn tips betray the front end, a great hump the shoulders, and four blunt hooves the bottom. The shoulder hump is so high and the neck mane so thick that the beast’s head appears to grow out of its knees. The muskox is at best a slightly animated hairball.” The Rut, Willow Creek Press, 1996.
“By the time the October rut ends, the most active bulls will be nearly exhausted. Procreational duties completed for another year, they shed their antlers in the snow like weary old gunslingers hanging up their holsters, unaware that, ten months hence, they’ll have a sudden urge to come out of retirement.” The Rut, Willow Creek Press, 1996.