Welcome to my blog Red Needle North. Like all blogs, RNN is a work in progress. My goal is to document and put together the pieces of an outdoor-inspired life. Some of those pieces will be important parts of the puzzle, some less so. All, I hope, will eventually meld together to reveal a picture of what the outdoors life means to me. And hopefully, you will be able to relate.
I have been an outdoorsman for the vast majority of my 57 years. I have fished for as long as I can remember and I walked out of the Queen’s Park testing centre, in Toronto, with my hunting licence on my 15th birthday, which, back then, was the earliest a kid in Ontario could do so.
I’m not the greatest hunter or angler who has walked the face of this planet by any stretch of the imagination, but I do have decades of experience and have spent many days with some really fine outdoorsmen and women. That is to say, I have picked up a few tricks along the way.
I have also been an outdoors writer for slightly more than 25 years, writing humour and hunting columns, news, essays and features for Ontario Out of Doors magazine where I am currently an Assistant Editor. Over the years, I have also written a couple of books, contributed to others, and penned various pieces for publications such as Buckmasters, Pointing Dog Journal, the Globe and Mail, Ducks Unlimited Canada and several community newspapers and websites. At the very least, this should tell you I know how to use spell-check.
So, have a look around the blog if the idea suits you. Give me a follow if you feel its worthwhile. Comments are welcome so long as they are civil.
All the best,