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The Desert Rat

The Desert Rat

I have been a freelance outdoor writer since High School (a long time). I have two successful blogs - Desert Rat which focuses on hunting and fishing in Arizona, the southwest and beyond. If you like smoking, barbecue and other fun cooking stuff, visit the Dry Rubbed Rat. On both sites you'll find cool product reviews, interviews, industry news and more. My "other" job is in Facilities Management. I was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada; I lived in northern Maine for about 6 years before moving to Arizona 15 years ago. I live in Queen Creek with my wife, daughter and dogs.

Areas of Expertise: Hunting, writing, barbecuing

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Chris and Cidney McCotter with two Arizona javelinas.

Lady Hunters: Tips for Starting Them Young

It’s not much of a secret that lady hunters are the fastest-growing demographic in the hunting community. Part of that is due to families starting their daughters, nieces, neighbor girls, and granddaughters early, and making it fun for them with no pressure. My daughter is…

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The Hinsch pack from Easton. Image courtesy Easton.

Review: The Hinsch Pack from Easton Outfitters

My “regular” pack has been a 2,800-cubic-incher, which has fared very well except for one thing—it holds too much! Having poor pack discipline, I cram too much stuff in it that I might need. Add to that, the fact that I’m usually in some degree of…

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Laura Francese.

Laura Francese: Ambassador, Huntress, Lady of Character

Thanks so much to Laura Francese for taking the time to answer some questions. I first interviewed Laura about four years ago over on Desert Rat Outdoors, another part of the OutdoorHub family. In a post-interview conversation with Laura, I mentioned what a tremendous ambassador…

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The Varmint target is an automated, self-contained unit that houses a varmint silhouette that automatically falls down, retracts, and resets when struck with a bullet.

Review: The Varmint Target

I really need to thank Larry Spikes from VarmintTarget.com for asking me to try one of their units. I have to say, after taking this target to the range, it’s the coolest thing I have used in a long, long time! The varmint target is…

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