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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One of the VaprTrek boots from Irish Setter.

Review: Irish Setter VaprTrek Boots

I’d like to thank Kim Emery from Firefly Publicity and Irish Setter Boots for sending me a pair of the VaprTrek boots to do a review on. These boots looked ideally suited to the deserts I frequently hunt here in Arizona. Straight from Irish Setter,…

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The Buckshot Wireless Speaker.

Review: Buckshot Wireless Speaker

I’d like to thank Jennifer Reiss from the Max Borges Agency, and the folks from Outdoor Tech for sending me a Buckshot Wireless Speaker to review! According to Outdoor Tech, the Buckshot has the following features: The Buckshot wirelessly connects to your phone, tablet, laptop,…

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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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