A Great Photo Team

A good story isn’t worth much without good photos. I am fortunate enough to be friends with Ben and Veronica Gettinger of Crisp Photography in Lexington, Kentucky. They have accompanied me on hunts from Namibia to New England and their work is truly exceptional. Before entering the world of outdoor writing be sure you have the means to include outstanding photos with your text. Good photographers know their subject well. They can market a destination or a product. They know how to capture the essence of a hunt. I am always amazed by the willingness of the Crisp Team to follow me into every kind of adventure, from the thorn forests of the African wilderness to the dark hills of Kentucky for a midnight coon hunt. Thank goodness for good photographers!

The Maine Event

The wilderness of northern Maine one of the best places in the country for upland hunting. Grouse, woodcock and snowshoe hare abound here and there are very few other hunters in the mountains along the northern boundary of the Appalachian trail. It’s also a great place to take a big bull moose or a bear. 

Last year Ben Gettinger and I hunted with Wayne Plummer of Northern Pride Lodge in Kokadjo. Maine is pretty any time of the year but in the fall it is truly breathtaking. We flew into Bangor, one of the most beautiful towns in New England. From there we headed north, traveling through the Maine countryside toward Kokadjo. My favorite part of my drive might have been the sign in a gas station window that read, “Fresh caught lobster and ammo”. Now that’s my kind of place.

Benny and I enjoyed a fantastic hunt with Wayne and his team. Bear season had ended and Wayne was enjoying a little time off himself. Grouse were thick and we had our first bird by sundown on the day of our arrival. Good shot, Benny.

Wayne’s beagles did the best they could to drive hares through the heavy Maine forests but the wind was heavy and conditions were bad. We did get our hare, though. We also shot a couple more grouse and a woodcock. 

After our long days in the big timber we enjoyed sitting by the fire in the lodge and some fantastic meals while we stayed with the Plummers. Wayne does a fantastic job and if you want to enjoy a great hunt in the northwoods of Maine you need to check out his website at www.northernpridelodge.com. To see the article about this hunt check out the 2012 Petersen’s Hunting Annual which is on sale now. www.petersenshunting.com

Welcome to Brad’s Blog!

If you enjoy the outdoors like I do then you enjoy hearing about new products, fantastic destinations and current outdoor news. My name is Brad Fitzpatrick and I’d like to welcome you to my blog! I hope you enjoy it. I’ll be updating you on my new articles, upcoming books and gear I’ve been testing. I’ll also be telling you about the destinations I’m visiting and give you a behind-the-scenes look into upcoming articles. It’s the story behind the story, an insider’s look at the great outdoors. Stay tuned and I hope to see you afield!

Testing Browning's new Maxus at Winghaven Lodge in Providence, Kentucky