Ken Perrotte

Award-winning writer and photographer, with more than 2,200 published articles. Articles have appeared in USA Today Hunt & Fish, GoEscape and Veterans Affairs magazines, Safari, Outdoor Life, the Military Times Media Group's publications, Recoil, Concealment, Shooting Industry, Fishing Tackle Retailer, Blue Ridge Country, North American Hunter, Virginia Wildlife, Turkey Country, Ducks Unlimited, the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, Richmond Times Dispatch, Roanoke Times, Mule Deer, Whitetail Times, Whitetails Unlimited, CrappieNow, and more.
Active member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association, the Southeastern Outdoors Press Association and current president of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoors Writers.


Thanks for checking in. It's hard to believe this "weblog" is now in its fourth year and a three-time winner of Realtree's Best Website award. I hope you love and value the outdoors, travel, great food and drink, and the people you meet during these pursuits, as much as I do. In many ways, it's my own embodiment of the "pursuit of happiness" America's Founding Fathers envisioned.

I grew up in northern Vermont, but traveled the country, and much of the world, over nearly 35 years serving in our Department of Defense, first in the active duty Air Force and then as a civilian employee of the Air Force, Army, and a Defense Agency.

Virginia’s abundant opportunities gave me reason to settle. Mountains, Piedmont forests, beautiful rivers, rolling farmland, the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean -- all within a couple hours in every direction. 

My military years were spent in strategic planning and public affairs, honing skills in writing, editing and working with the media. Outdoors communications always beckoned. After some 20 years of freelance writing for dozens of publications, including Fredericksburg, Virginia's daily newspaper, The Free Lance-Star, I created this site. I'm blessed, also, to be currently serving as the National Wild Turkey Federation's Conservation Field Editor, the South Atlantic Flyway Migration Alert Editor for Ducks Unlimited and Contributing Editor for Shooting Industry.


We once had a small vineyard and made lots of labor-intensive and occasionally drinkable wine. Today, I prefer sampling local wines, craft brews, small batch spirits. Many wild game recipes on the "Recipes" page will have recommended wine pairings. For more than a decade, my wife Maria and I were the wild game cooking columnists for Virginia Wildlife magazine. We're now doing wild game recipe videos in partnership with The Hunting Wire.

My ongoing "project" is a Boykin spaniel named Jameson - yup, after the Irish whiskey...He's 4 years old and AKC Junior Hunter rated. See more on him on the "Young Guns" page, including some fun with a first-time chukar hunt.

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