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Ken Perrotte

Writer, editor and photographer, with more than 2,300 published outdoors, travel and wild game cooking articles. Recipient of more than 100 writing, photography, website design and management (outdoors industry related) awards, including the National Wild Turkey Federation's Tom Kelly Communicator of the Year Award for 2023. Articles have appeared in the USA Today's Hunt & Fish, GoEscape and Veterans Affairs magazines, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Sport Fishing, Salt Water Sportsman, The Hunting Wire, Recoil, Concealment, Shooting Industry, Fishing Tackle Retailer, Virginia Wildlife, Turkey Country/Call, Ducks Unlimited, Military Officer, the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, Richmond Times Dispatch, Roanoke Times, Whitetails Unlimited and CrappieNow. Others include Safari, the Military Times Media Group's publications, Blue Ridge Country, North American Hunter, Mule Deer, Whitetail Times and more.
2021/2022 President of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoors Writers. Active member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association. Past three-time board member of the Southeastern Outdoors Press Association.

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Thanks for checking in. It's hard to believe this "weblog" has wrapped up is in its sixth year and is a five-time consecutive winner of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association's (sponsored by Realtree) Best Website award and the 2021 winner of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers "Best Website" competition.


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, Contributing Editor for Shooting Industry and routine contributor to Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Salt Water Sportsman magazines and The Hunting Wire.


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 recently completed a 13-video wild game recipe series published/aired in partnership with The Hunting Wire.

Our AKC Junior Hunter-rated Boykin spaniel named Jameson - yup, after the Irish whiskey - is now six years old and loves to fetch ducks. Time sure does fly. See more on him on the "Young Guns" page, including some fun with a first-time chukar hunt and a cool piece with a GoPro on his back.

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