Field & Contributing Editors

Charles J. Alsheimer
Senior Contributing Editor
New YorkWebsite:

“My journey as a whitetail journalist has spanned over 30 years.  During this time I’ve written, or marketed photos, to nearly every hunting magazine in the business.  Simply put, Deer and Deer Hunting is the best whitetail magazine on the market.  The content it delivers to its readers is second to none.”


Charlie Alsheimer has hosted Deer and Deer Hunting TV since its inception and has been writing for DDH since 1979.  He is an award-winning writer, nature photographer, and whitetail consultant from Bath, New York.  Born and raised on a farm, Charlie has devoted his life to photographing, writing and lecturing about the wonders of God’s creation.  He and his wife live on their farm in rural upstate New York.

Bob Zaiglin
Southern Field Editor

“To appear on the mast head of the most prestigious deer publication in the US is one of my greatest achievements, allowing me to share my knowlege with the most serious deer hunting advocates in the country.”
Bob Zaiglin serves as coordinator of the wildlife management program at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde, Texas. He is also the owner of Zaiglin’s Wildlife Resource Management, a consulting firm for the discriminating land steward. As a private lands wildlife biologist over the last 31 years, he has implemented management programs on over one million acres in Texas.
Bob is one of the most recognized and respected white-tailed deer biologists in Texas. A certified wildlife biologist, he holds a B.S. in Wildlife Science and a M.S. in Range and Wildlife Management. His management programs have been recognized as some of the most successful in the country. Bob was awarded Texas Conservationist of the Year by the Texas Game Warden’s Association for his work with underprivileged youth hunting activities in 1985. He also received the Col. Jimmy Doolittle Award from the Buckmasters American Deer Foundation in 2002.
Bob is also an official scorer for the Boone and Crockett Club, Southern Field Editor for Deer and Deer Hunting, Field Editor for the Texas Trophy Hunters Association and Whitetail Deer Editor for Texas Outdoors Journal. His publications on deer and deer management have been recognized as one of the reasons deer management is what it is in Texas today. His photographic skills have also been widely recognized.
As a hunter, Bob has taken two whitetails and one stone sheep in the Boone and Crockett all-time record book. More importantly, Bob enjoys fond memories of hunting with his daughters Beth and Nan as they grew up on the ranches he managed.
Bob presently resides in Uvalde with his wife of 26 years, Jan.

Dr. Leonard Lee Rue III
Contributing Editor
New Jersey

“I am an obsessive observer and a compulsive teacher. Having studied deer since 1939, I find that I can get more new information to more people through Deer & Deer Hunting magazine than through any other publication. Their readers are like sponges and are anxious to expand their knowledge of deer and I want to help them all I can.”


Leonard Lee Rue III is well known as an author and wildlife photographer, having 29 books published and, during the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, had more photographs published than any other photographer. However, he is the first to note that he is a naturalist first and foremost and has always been interested in everything in the outdoors.

“Raised on a mountaintop farm in Northeastern New Jersey, I was able to run wild and live out my childhood dreams of being an Indian or a mountain man,” he said recently. “I lived with a gun in my hand and my success as a naturalist was due to the information I learned by hunting  and trapping.

“I have always worked 3-4 jobs at a time; have cruised and cut timber, drove milk trucks, worked in a factory and was a Boy Scout camp ranger. For 17 summers, I guided wilderness canoe trips in Quebec, Canada and paddled about 1,000 miles each year. At the same time I was Chief Gamekeeper for the Coventry Hunt Club in my home area. Upon becoming a full-time freelancer, I taught Outdoor Education, instilling the love of nature in children. I have given over 4000 lectures and seminars on wildlife. Photography has taken me to all 7 continents, spending 7 summers in Africa and 14 in Alaska.

“Today, at 82, I am as anxious to go out and take my next photo of a critter as I was when I sold my first photo at the age of 19.”

Dr. Phillip Bishop
Contributing Editor, Deer Biology & Physiology

“I have read numerous outdoor magazines, including those devoted strictly to archery hunting, and D&DH is the best of these for deer hunters. D&DH doesn’t focus on thinly-veiled commercial endorsements, but on practical articles that go beyond a surface coverage. I enjoy reading and writing for D&DH readers because they are well-informed, all-season hunters and expect high-quality, useful information. For me, writing for D&DH is truly educational.”


Phil is a Christian, husband, father, exercise physiology professor, writer and deer hunter (pretty much in that order).  He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, James Madison University, and the University of Georgia. He has taught at the University of Alabama since 1984.  He is an expert on environmental and exercise physiology, safety harnesses in deer hunting, and the technical aspects of tree stand safety.

He is a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and professional societies, traveling around the world.  He writes and speaks about Christianity, exercise and work physiology, deer physiology and teaching techniques. He has harvested deer in only six states and would like to see that number increase.

Matt Harper

Field Editor, Deer Nutrition
IowaMatt Harper is a frequent D&DH contributor on anything and everything related to private-land deer management and whitetail nutrition. Harper is a graduate of Iowa State University, where he received a degree in Animal Science with a special focus and advanced study in ruminant nutrition.

While at Iowa State, he also conducted research on forage utilization by ruminants and conducted specific studies in whitetail deer genetics. Professionally, Harper has worked in the deer nutrition industry in several facets, including nutrition and property consulting, deer research, feed program development and formulation and food-plot product development.

R.G. Bernier
Northeast Field Editor

Deer & Deer Hunting has always been my favorite of all whitetail related magazines because it is the one source that blends both hunting technique and deer behavior into the finished product. I still find it amazing that a guy like me from Nowhere Maine actually gets to write and photograph for D&DH. Readers from all over the country that attend my speaking engagements frequently share their positive comments regarding both my contributions to the magazine and the wealth of content packed into each issue.”


R.G. Bernier, a legendary Northeast deer tracker, consultant, writer, nature photographer, speaker and author has devoted much of his life to studying, writing, photographing, and lecturing about the greatest animal God ever created, the whitetail deer. He is the author of four books, The Deer Trackers, On The Track, The Deer Tracker’s Journey, and a children’s book, Dickie The Deer ­ The Salvation Of a Fawn.

Over the past 40-years, Bernier has had the good fortune to have tracked down and shot some of the heaviest bucks to walk the forests of the Northeast.

Walt Hampton
Southeast Field Editor


Walt is a certified wildlife biologist from Virginia. He has been a field editor for more than 17 years. He has authored over 400 feature articles on firearms and wildlife biology. Walt is often called upon to make wildlife management presentations to clubs and other groups.




Tes Jolly


Deer and Deer Hunting magazine informs, educates, entertains and promotes ethical hunting. Dan Schmidt and everyone at Deer and Deer Hunting magazine is a class act! It was one of the first hunting magazines to publish my work. No “Harvey” disguise needed! They’re easily accessible to contributors and a joy to work with. The magazine offers deer hunters — novice to veteran — a top quality publication that covers every subject whitetail related including the latest in tactics, gear, destinations, whitetail biology, ethics and conservation issues.”


The path that led Tes Jolly to a freelance career in wildlife photography and outdoor writing began at nine years of age with a gender transformation — figuratively speaking, that is. An unfortunate “men only” hunt club rule was her father’s inspiration for “Harvey”. Disguised in baggy clothes, a floppy hat and obeying instructions to avoid conversation and limit her wide dimpled smiles Jolly embarked on a childhood adventure with her brothers acquiring hunting skills and a lifelong love and respect for wildlife and the outdoors.

Jolly’s award-winning work promotes the hunting tradition and conservation of natural resources for the benefit of future generations. Credits include numerous national and regional publications including Deer & Deer Hunting and Turkey and Turkey Hunting, calendars, hunting books, and prints. Jolly is an active member of SEOPA (Southeastern Outdoor Press Association) and POMA (Professional Outdoor Media Association) and resides near Montgomery, AL with her husband, Ron.

John Trout, Jr.
IllinoisDeer & Deer Hunting magazine is the one publication that covers it all!  It includes fascinating and necessary research to better understand the animal we pursue. However, this magazine goes above-and-beyond by providing down-to-earth hunting tips from experienced outdoorsmen who consistently discuss unique topics that make you and I a more responsible and better deer hunter. But it is the magazine’s readers that should receive the real credit. They are the ones who have expressed what they want to see in a publication, and the ones who have made Deer & Deer Hunting the great magazine it is today.”



John Trout Jr. is a full-time free-lance writer and photographer from Fairfield, Ill. A longtime D&DH contributor, Trout is widely considered to be one of North America’s top bow-hunters and the foremost expert on blood-trailing wounded whitetails. Besides his contributions to D&DH, his work has appeared in nearly every national hunting publication in the U.S.  Additionally, he has done numerous slide presentations on the outdoors, from tracking and hunting white-tailed deer to the Lewis and Clark expedition. An avid bow-hunter and blackpowder enthusiast for more than 40 years, Trout specializes in the pursuit of white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and black bears.

Trout has authored several hunting books, including Finding Wounded Deer, Ambushing Trophy Whitetails, Hunting Rutting Bucks, and The Complete Book of Wild Turkey Hunting.  Although he has hunted from northern Canada to the Rocky Mountains and into southern Mexico, Trout claims his most enjoyable and memorable hunts come near his home territory of the Midwest with his wife Vikki, and son John.

He also operates Trout’s Wild Outdoors.

John E. Phillips


What do you like about D&DH?

“When someone mentions they’re a deer hunter, there’s an immediate bond, much like you get in a fraternal organization. You have an instant report, plenty to talk about, and you know that their emotions and feelings that you both have about the sport that can’t be explained but must be felt. Deer & Deer Hunting is like a newsletter to the members of the deer hunting fraternity. I know when I write in this magazine I’m talking to brothers and sisters who feel the same way I feel about the sport we all have a passion for.”


John is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily Internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors.

Phillips has been a contributor to many national magazines, has been affiliated with 27-radio stations across Alabama serving as their outdoor editor and has written a weekly syndicated column, “Alabama Outdoors,” for 38-Alabama newspapers for more than 13 years. Phillips has been the Outdoor Editor for the Birmingham Post-Herald for 20 years.

Joel Spring


“I enjoy writing for Deer & Deer Hunting for several reasons. First of all, it’s my favorite magazine! As if that wasn’t enough, I have a great amount of respect for the editors and writers who have kept the spirit of the original magazine the same over many years and management changes. I still look forward to each issue of the magazine, and it continues to be a wealth of knowledge about deer behavior and hunting strategies, while always remembering the important things like family, friends and traditions.”


Joel Spring of Newfane, N.Y., is a nationally recognized writer and book author, including Thursday’s Bird and Season of Obsession. His passion for hunting, fishing and photographing the outdoors has taken him far and wide in the pursuit of deer, birds and bears.

The Website was formed, in part, to showcase his wildlife photography. Joel has been a regular Deer & Deer Hunting contributor since 1989.

Ted Nugent
“I share the passion for our cherished American hunting lifestyle with all Deer & Deer Hunting readers. We are Backstrap BloodBrothers!”
With over 35 million albums sold and more media face-time than most active politicians, Ted Nugent has earned his status as an American icon.
Acclaimed for his bold, insightful commentary on issues ranging from the American Dream to bio-diversity, Nugent is a regular guest on top-rated programs like Larry King, Howard Stern, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, Rush Limbaugh and more. Nugent’s own Spirit of the Wild television show has for the fourth time been voted #1 Hunting Show on the Outdoor Channel. And Ted’s reality show, Wanted: Ted or Alive was ranked as OLN’s highest-rated original series.
A recipient of numerous commendations from state police, sheriff departments, FBI and police agencies nationwide, Nugent has been lauded for his Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids and Freedom’s Angels, along with work as a national spokesman for D.A.R.E and as Ambassador for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Pass It On Outdoor Mentors Program.
He continues to fight for personal freedoms on the lecture circuit, and as an author. Ted Nugent is an award-winning writer for over 40 publications, and author of the New York Times best-seller God, Guns and Rock ‘n’ Roll, along with Kill It and Grill It and BloodTrails II. Ted White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto, is due out this August.
Ted Nugent has been re-elected for his fifth term on the Board of Directors of the NRA. Recognized as America’s Number One proponent of the Second Amendment, Ted has served continuously since his initial election to the Board in 1995.
Nugent has been a frequent Deer & Deer Hunting contributor since 1999.

Donald M. Jones
Montana“As a photographer working for Deer & Deer Hunting, it has been a great venue for showcasing my work. Whereas most publications only show bucks during the pre-rut, rut and post-rut, Deer & Deer Hunting covers whitetails year-round, just like me. I once read a poll that stated that one-third of Deer & Deer Hunting readers read the magazine because they simply enjoyed whitetails and were interested in knowing more about them both in word and photos. I hope my imagery over the years has been well received by those folks. Thank you, Deer & Deer Hunting, for producing a magazine that keeps me excited about photographing whitetails year-round!”




Donald M. Jones resides in the small town of Troy tucked in the Northwest corner of Montana. Don has been working as a full-time wildlife photographer for the past 15 years and his work can be found regularly in the pages of Deer & Deer Hunting.

Don is also the contributing photographer for Field & Stream, Sports Afield and Bowhunter Magazine. He has published 6 books all of which can be purchased through his website.

Bill Kinney



What You Like About D&DH:

Deer & Deer Hunting has been a great publication since the very first days of Al Hofacker and Leonard Lee Rue getting together to put together an amazingly informative and richly illustrated publication. As a “kid” I was amazed at their knowledge and ability to understand white-tailed deer.”



A confessed whitetail nut since he was a youngster growing up in Wisconsin in the 1970s, Kinney finds bow-hunting and photographing white-tailed deer as dueling obsessions.

“To hunt, or to photograph the rut? Every year the same duel has played out in my life and luckily Wisconsin and Iowa have offered both, now offering me the chance to photograph whitetails with the highest tech digital equipment and hunting them with old school longbows and cedar arrows,” he said.

John Eberhart

“As a freelance writer I have the opportunity to write for many magazines and have chosen Deer & Deer Hunting as my main outlet because D&DH upholds a high standard of editorial integrity. For example, D&DH prints my articles with little alteration to statistics and content — even though much of it rubs against the grain of many of their other writers and advertisers.”

John Eberhart is one of North America’s top public-land bowhunters. He has more than 45 years of bowhunting experience, and currently has 23 bucks listed in the Michigan recordbook from 9 different counties without owning or leasing any property and many coming from state land.John has also taken 10 P&Y class bucks on 11 out of state bowhunts also by knocking on doors (no ranches). John’s target audience is the blue-collar hunter that hunts heavily-hunted areas. Many bowhunters from pressured areas are perfectly capable of taking mature bucks from managed property — similar to what is seen on TV and in videos — if they had the opportunity, which is a relatively simple task.

But what John tries to do is give detailed information on how to hunt in heavily hunted areas where every detail of the hunt must be scrutinized before it is applied in the field.

Information given by hunters in lightly hunted areas (most TV shows and videos) simply does not yield consistent results in pressured areas. John has co-authored two books with his 37 year old son Chris titled, Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails and Precision Bowhunting, and produced a 3 volume instructional (no kills) bowhunting dvd series titled Bowhunting Presssured Whitetails — as well as an instructional DVD titled Archery Mechanics to teach bowhunters proper shooting form and technique, how to choose the proper bow and accessories and much more.

Bill Marchel
Minnesota “As a free-lance photographer and writer, I take pride in working with the staff at Deer & Deer Hunting. In my opinion, Deer & Deer Hunting is unparalleled in the hunting magazine industry because it provides readers with a unique combination of whitetail hunting know-how, as well as deer biology.”




Bill Marchel of Fort Ripley, Minnesota is a full-time wildlife and outdoor photographer/writer. His photo files contain over 110,000 images.

He specializes in photographing and writing about game animals, and outdoor sports such as hunting and fishing. Marchel has sold thousands of images — including over 100 magazine cover photos — to such prestigious magazines as Deer & Deer Hunting, Audubon, National Wildlife, and Ducks Unlimited.

In addition to hunting and fishing, Marchel enjoys managing his 70 acres for deer and other wildlife. For more information about Bill, click here.

Mark Raycroft


Mark Raycroft has been photographing whitetails professionally for close to 20 years. His obsession with deer began as a teenager when he started hunting.

During his career, Mark’s images have appeared regularly in a variety of publications and markets, but Deer & Deer Hunting has always been close to his heart due to its sole focus on the whitetail and the magazine’s in-depth coverage of this magnificent creature.

Come autumn, Mark can usually be found in a photography blind somewhere… unless he’s in a treestand bowhunting.

Steve Bartylla
Central Wisconsin

BIO:Steve Bartylla is a prolific and noted outdoor journalist. Averaging between 60 and 70 articles for national publications each year, Bartylla pens articles for Deer & Deer Hunting, Mathews Bowhunting Whitetails, Bow & Arrow Hunting, Bowhunter, Bowhunting World, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Mathews’ Bowhunting Annual, Scent-Lok’s Hunting Annual, and Whitetail Journal. In addition, Bartylla has several instructional bowhunting and habitat improvement videos to his credit. He is also a well-known and respected trophy bowhunter.

He has also authored several books on bowhunting. His latest is Bowhunting Tactics That Deliver Trophies.

To order one of his books, contact Steve directly at

Scott Bestul
Southeastern MinnesotaScott Bestul has been deer hunting since his first season in 1972. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Scott has hunted extensively across the Midwest. He enjoys sharing the whitetail woods with family and friends, and remains fascinated by all aspects of deer behavior.

Scott is a full-time freelance writer who lives in southeastern Minnesota with his wife, Shari and children, Brooke and Bailey.

Zeke Pipher



Zeke’s a full time minister, husband, and father of three. Bowhunting for Zeke is a way to spend time with God, strengthen friendships, and provide meat for his family and for other families in need. Many of his articles celebrate how hunting can be a values-driven activity which is both fun and fulfilling.

Since he could walk, Zeke’s spent every possible minute outside. His passion for the outdoors led him to earn a degree in Biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1993. After college Zeke worked as a graduate assistant in the Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife Department at the University of Nebraska. His research enabled him to work closely with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Zeke serves as the senior pastor of Heartland Evangelical Free Church in Central City, Nebraska ( He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His sermons are broadcast on the radio each week throughout central Nebraska and northern Kansas. He’s currently working on a book on how sportsmen can pursue the best things in life.

“When I’m tucked into a cathedral of cottonwoods along the Platte River, watching the sun rise over fields of corn, that’s when I feel closest to God,” Zeke writes. “There’s no sanctuary more breathtaking than the natural world.”

To learn more about Zeke’s writing and outdoor speaking, visit