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The Full Process

Posted by on Dec 28, 2012 in Go West U.S., Montana, Places to Trek | 0 comments

When you turn on a hunting television show you see the the hunt, the kill, the hunter standing over their kill, and the end. But, as every hunter knows, there is a lot more that takes place than just these few steps. What about the trek into the mountains? Watching the last convulsions of the animal before it dies? The pack-out of the 500 pound creature? Or skinning and the processing of the meat? Adding it all up, these television shows only show a small percentage of what hunting actually is. As a hunter, I am supportive of hunting if it is done the right way. If you kill it, you eat it. The poachers, the road hunters, and these television shows poorly represent actual hunters and give them a bad name. The great television hunters would have the...

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Pepper Spray, Puking, and Occupy D.C.

Posted by on Nov 18, 2012 in Current Events, Journalism Today | 0 comments

One thing I’ve learned from my first protest is to always bring a face-mask or, even more, a gas mask, because frankly pepper spray sucks. I found this out first-hand last year during the peak of the Occupy movement.  College life at West Virginia University began to feel repetitive,  so to break up the monotony I jumped in the car and drove for 3 hours to a subway station outside of Washington D.C. Repping army boots and my canvas camera backpack I use for hiking, I became an anomaly in the middle of the business crowd rushing like cattle towards their box cubicles where they would spend the rest of their day staring at computer screens until they turned into money and could buy them a new television screen that they could go home  and stare at until they fell asleep. Manufactured...

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Share Your Story

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Share Your Story | 0 comments

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The Moose Hunt

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Go West U.S., Montana, Places to Trek | 0 comments

I stared up towards the top of the mountain as Dan (the hunter who I was filming a television show for) disappeared into the fog as the beginning of a long snow storm rolled over me.  I was now alone. Dan was supposed to be guiding me towards the moose that we had shot two hours earlier, but we were unable to find so far. Now, as I stood in waist deep snow hundreds of yards down a steep incline in the Northwestern Montana Rockies, the hunter who was supposed to be leading me in the direction of a wounded moose, had disappeared into a white-out. Earlier, we had first seen the bull-moose with a cow-moose grazing below us.  We moved across the crest of the mountain and ,because of the distance of the shot, laid down to shoot. There...

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Cedar Creek Battle

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Civil War, Journalism Today | 0 comments

Printed in Civil War Courier Magazine What Reenacting Means To Me Imagine it’s an October night time in a Virginian field and the stars fill the sky. You march, from the warmth of the campfire, into the darkness.  No one speaks and the only sound is the soft putter of brogans on rock and grass.  You hold your Springfield rifle in your hand and stare off into the darkness when, suddenly, your captain whispers sharply to “Halt!” Your captain stares off at tree line in the distance, which begins to excite your fellow soldiers.  “Fire!” A voice booms out and a flash of fire, followed by the sound of rifles, erupts from the tree line.  Everyone begins to scramble into line as the officers try to shout orders.  A huge shrill cry comes forth from the tree line, and...

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