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Brittany, cover photo for Gun Dog magazine

Brittany puppy cover photo from Pointing Dog Journal



Various photos and/or photo essays have appeared in the following:



Three stories were published in this now out of print book.  Trade editions are still in circulation.  It's a great read for anyone interested in essence of hunting the Great Land.





A couple of my sheep hunting stories also appeared in the now defunct Big Game Adventures magazine.  This is the lead photo from one….





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