Sample of publications
CONSERVATION AND WILDLIFE
- “A Caretaker and a Killer” (TheAtlantic.com, March 14, 2014): Wildlife conservation faces serious challenges. To meet them, hunter conservationists and non-hunter environmentalists must join forces, overcoming the mutual stereotypes and suspicions that obscure their common ground.
- “Paying for State Wildlife Conservation: The Challenge to Adapt (Again)” (Northern Woodlands, Autumn 2013): For three-quarters of a century, state fish and wildlife agencies have depended almost entirely on money generated by license sales and federal excise taxes. But trouble is afoot.
- Vermont’s Wildlife at the Crossroads: A 20-page report commissioned in 2008 by the Vermont Wildlife Partnership, a diverse coalition of hunting and non-hunting conservation groups interested in establishing sustainable funding for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.
- “Country of Rivers: A Life’s Work”: At the age of 93, my great-uncle Al Buck was named a Hero of Conservation by Field & Stream (March 2010). In tribute to him, I posted this essay, along with a brief blog post.
- “Good Year, Bad Year: Ruffed Grouse Populations Ride a Roller Coaster” (Northern Woodlands, Autumn 2006): In the Northeast, why are grouse thick as black flies one year, and rare as hen’s teeth the next?
- “Whitetails: The Ever Changing Challenge” (Massachusetts Wildlife, Winter 2006): In Massachusetts and Vermont, how many deer are enough? How many are too many?
HUNTING AND FOOD
- “On Hating Hunters and Becoming One” (Center for Humans & Nature, Mar 3, 2014): Listening to early morning gunfire roll across hills and valleys during November deer season, I used to hear the sound of evil.
- “Killing and Grinning” (High Country News, Oct 2, 2013): The image is familiar: A hunter crouches beside a dead deer or elk, grinning into the camera. What do we make of this picture?
- “Hunters Are People Too” (TheAtlantic.com, Feb 15, 2012; reprinted by Utne Reader, July/Aug 2013): Watching hunters headed to the woods each autumn, I used to shake my head. As a vegan who abhorred violence and suffering, I wondered what possessed such people…
- “In Search of Meat and Meaning” (New Hampshire Wildlife Journal, Nov/Dec 2012): What was that faint sound? The distant crunch of hooves on snow and frozen leaves?
- “Devouring the World” (Aeon Magazine, Sept 17, 2012): Reflections on why eating only plants isn’t really…
- “The Meaning of Meat: Adult-Onset Hunters Look to the Land for Sustenance” (Northern Woodlands, Winter 2011): As a teenager, Deborah Perkins found hunting repulsive…
- “Eating Animals” (TheAtlantic.com, Dec 20, 2011): Co-authored with vegetarian rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman and ex-vegan butcher Joshua Applestone
- “Meat and Meanings: Adult-Onset Hunters’ Cultural Discourses of the Hunt” (M.A. thesis, UMass-Amherst, September 2011) – If reading 140 pages of academic text doesn’t appeal, you can watch a 5-minute summary presentation done for Pioneer Valley Grows.
- “Hunting Like a Vegetarian: Same Ethics, Different Flavors” (published as a chapter in Hunting—Philosophy for Everyone: In Search of the Wild Life)
- “Full Circle” (Outdoor America, Winter 2008): What does it mean to eat?
- “Life and Death” (Northern Woodlands, Winter 2006): Disrespectful hunting has its own lessons to teach.
FORESTRY AND LOGGING
- “Beauty and Chain Saws” (Taproot, Winter 2012): Chain saws always bothered me . . .
- “Family Business: Father, Son, Mother, Daughter Log Together” (Northern Woodlands, Autumn 2007): A father’s snowmobile accident puts a young woman in the cab of her family’s 15-ton skidder.
- “Where the Trees Grow Tall and Straight” (Northern Woodlands, Winter 2007): Where do you go to find the best hardwoods in the Northeast?
- “Certification Comes to Family Forests” (Northern Woodlands, Spring 2009): More and more private landowners are joining third-party certification systems originally designed with industrial logging in mind.