K.J. Houtman

K.J. Houtman

Houtman has a been in and around fishing and hunting through a career with American Sportfishing Association, North American Fishing Club, North American Hunting Club and Masters Walleye Circuit— just to name a few. Houtman’s award-winning chapter books for eight to 12 year olds, with adventures around fishing, camping and hunting are available as paperbacks and e-books. Five books are available: A Whirlwind Opener (#1), Driving Me Crazy (#2), Spare the Rod (#3), Duck, Duck Deuce (#4), Born to be Wild (#5) with the sixth book due out November 2013.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Fish On Kids Books series – Houtman has a wonderful talent. The stories are refreshing and have extremely valuable content interwoven in a fully developed story. I'm engaged in the life of Gus and when one book ends, I want to find out what he is up to in the next.” Sharon Rushton, Outdoor Writer and author of No Paved Road to Freedom

“From cover to cover the best series of chapter books I've seen in years. These books are wholesome with a focus on adventure. Wish I had them when I was a kid. I'm still a kid at heart and prolific reader. These are my kind of books.” Larry Rea, host, Outdoors with Larry Rea, Memphis, TN

“I’ve read them all and think these books are great.” Jim Zumbo, professional hunter and outdoor writer

Areas of Expertise: Storyteller of outdoor experiences (AGLOW, SEOPA, POMA)

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Author K.J. Houtman's custom-molded electronic hearing protection from SportEar and Westone DefendEar.

High-end Hearing Protection: Say What?

The more expensive the hearing protection, the more desirable it is, right? To answer that question, I decided to review two custom-made products that most shooters wouldn’t have a chance to try. After all, they are tailor-made items and not available without extending significant effort…

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They don’t need no stinkin’ disco ball in Port Clinton, Ohio. They drop a 600-pound fiberglass walleye replica at Midnight on New Year’s Eve. Image courtesy Walleye Madness at Midnight of Port Clinton, Ohio.

Fishy Festivals

Communities with fishy festivals abound across the good ole U.S. of A. If you’re looking for a fun time in a town that totally gets fishing, read on to find the right destination for you. If you prefer to make your plans a few months in…

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Allison Bell (pictured) enjoys weekly time at Bill’s Gun Range in Circle Pines, Minnesota with her husband and professional angler, Jimmy Bell. Image by Jimmy Bell.

Going Plinking: Target Shooting by the Numbers

Whether it’s shooting handguns or rifles, “plinking” is the number-one form of target shooting in America. In case you were wondering whether plinking is a real word, it is. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word plink as, “to shoot at random targets in an informal…

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Corey Waller (right) is fishing with partner Chris Winchester (left) to benefit the families of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Now in its 16th year, the Dick Hiley Bass Classic has raised more than $1.5 million.

When Fun and Fishing Make a Difference

What do bass fishing, sporting clays, an oyster feed, a craft beer tasting, and an Oscar-night selfie of Ellen DeGeneres et al have in common? They are all ways to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to make a difference while having fun. Out of…

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