Deer Camp Magazine is an online publication.
Deer camp is really about the stories. Stories about the way it used to be always get better with the telling. We seem to never tire of telling the same stories over and over about that hunt that took place last year of forty years ago. The new generation of hunters that are growing up, sitting around the campfire or the wood stove listening wide eyed to the tales of previous generations. There is something almost primal in this tradition. We remember those before us and recall our own feeling of wonder when we were youngsters listening to those tales by those who taught us to hunt and to feel the excitement and anticipation of tomorrows hunt. Since time immemorial our ancestors prepared for the hunt and trained the next generation of hunters in this manner. The weapons of the hunt may have changed somewhat and our harry half naked ancestors could not comprehend the clothing and gear that we now use. The only real difference is, for most of us at least, an unsuccessful hunt doesn’t mean starvation. We can always open another can of beans if we fail to close the deal.
We want to make Deer Camp Magazine another venue for the novice hunter to learn from others. The old ways are soon forgotten if not told and retold. The internet makes those stories available to more novice hunters as well as those just yearning to once again experience those golden opportunities.
In that spirit we will start publishing your short stories and memories.
Mitch Martin, Editor
Mitch, having already become a successful businessman, decided to stretch his talents even further and become a writer. Somewhat based on Mitch’s experiences as he grew up, The Boy Who Lived In A Tree describes how a young boy grew up and survived in the wilderness during the 1830s. Mitch’s unique experiences gave him plenty of material to write a story that blends fiction with the everyday hardships of survival that faced early settlers in the Buffalo National River region. These hardy settlers developed skills to survive, and Mitch captures these skills and teaches them to us in his book. We may never need these skills; however, Mitch, with his narrative teaching style, makes certain that these skills will not be forgotten.”
Richard Worden, Editor
Richard Worden has been tromping through the woods for twenty years and counting. Along the way, he’s learned a few helpful tricks, heard some decent advice, and screwed up a bunch. He’s happy to pass on the techniques of his hard won successes and glad to share his embarrassing defeats.
Richard lives in Southwest Missouri with his wife and young son. He spends his free time hunting and fishing with his brother and extended Camp Family.
His favorite spot sits 65 yards from a food plot, nestled against a mature tree, overlooking a draw and a creek. He never shot a deer there in 7 seasons. The year he sat elsewhere, his friend Jon dropped a 10 pointer.
Jon Martin, Editor
Jon Martin is a lifelong outdoors man. He credits his adventures in the wild and his time spent at deer camp growing up with much of who he is as a man and father. It was his passion for the way he was raised and his love of his time at deer camp that inspired Deer Camp Magazine. It’s his hope that he can pass along some of the magic of deer camp to our readers.
Glenn Wheeler, Contributing Editor
Past President and Chairman of the Board for SEOPA and OJEFA
Deputy Sheriff and Search & Rescue Coordinator, Newton County, Arkansas
Chief, Krooked Kreek Fire Department
National Registry E.M.T.
Certified Police Sniper
Lawrence Taylor, Contributing Editor
Lawrence Taylor is a husband, father, coach, hunter and fisherman. He is a social marketer who represents multiple outdoors, hunting and gun companies.