Sample of publications


  • A Caretaker and a Killer” (, 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.
  • 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.
  • “Whitetails: The Ever Changing Challenge” (Massachusetts Wildlife, Winter 2006): In Massachusetts and Vermont, how many deer are enough? How many are too many?


  • 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” (, 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…
  • Eating Animals” (, Dec 20, 2011): Co-authored with vegetarian rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman and ex-vegan butcher Joshua Applestone
  • 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.


  • “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.
  • 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.

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