Ken Perrotte

Award-winning writer and photographer, with more than 2,000 published articles. Articles have appeared in USA Today Hunt & Fish magazine, Safari, Outdoor Life, the Military Times Media Group's publications, Recoil, Shooting Industry, Blue Ridge Country, North American Hunter, Virginia Wildlife, Turkey Country, Ducks Unlimited, the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, Mule Deer, Whitetails Unlimited, and more.
Active member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association, Southeastern Outdoors Press Association and Association of Great Lakes Outdoors Writers (currently association vice president).


Thanks for checking in. It's hard to believe this "weblog" is now in its third year. 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 and the South Atlantic Flyway Migration Alert Editor for Ducks Unlimited.


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 of the 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.

My ongoing "project" is a Boykin spaniel named Jameson - yup, after the Irish whiskey...He's 3 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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Except as noted, all text and images are by Ken Perrotte (Outdoors Rambler (SM). Some items, written by Ken Perrotte and previously published elsewhere, are revised or excerpted under provisions of the Fair Use Doctrine