Kenneth L. Kieser started hunting small game before he turned 10. The 54-year-old journalist hunted on the family farm east of St. Joseph, Missouri. Eventually deer populations escalated throughout the Midwest and Kieser started writing. Since he has hunted deer all over the United States and harvested over 40 whitetails, many in Missouri.
“Whitetail deer are a special challenge,” Kieser said. “Big bucks especially require a special skill, plenty of scouting and frankly, a bit of luck. You can determine a pattern for old bucks and sometimes be paid handsomely for your efforts. Or the big boy might make a left turn and leave you sitting in a deer stand, waiting while he is miles away chasing does. He might even walk within range of your stand to be spooked by a hunter’s mistake or human scent. That’s what makes the sport special.”
Kieser’s stories have appeared in a who’s-who of outdoor literature. The award winning writer’s first novel, “Ride the Trail of Death,” a western, will be released by La Frontera Publishing in October.