The Everyday Hunter column evolves into book

Ask and you shall receive.

After hearing “You ought to write a book” over and over, Steve Sorensen finally gave in. What started as a column titled The Everyday Hunter (EveryDayHunter.com) became Sorensen’s new book “Growing Up With Guns,” available locally.

Sorensen’s articles have been featured in the Times Observer, and national magazines such as Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Deer & Deer Hunting and North American Whitetail.

The column, which started back in 2006, covers hunting from the nostalgic to the practical. Sorensen even delved into the way deer helped to catch the notorious Ralph “Bucky” Phillips in September of 2006.

But Sorensen was initially leery of compiling his columns. “I didn’t want a collection of random things,” Sorensen said.

Sorensen’s book focuses mostly on hunters and their connection to wildlife. Part two of the book includes 16 chapters on “hunters and conservation” while part three uses 15 chapters to explain that hunters aren’t just killers.

“A lot of people still stereotype hunters as bloodthirsty neanderthals,” Sorensen said. “There are some people who are like that, but the majority of people who are hunters are really conservationists.”

As the book’s description says, “Everyone will gain a better understanding of what hunters really are, why hunters love hunting, and the role hunters must play if wildlife is to thrive in the future.”

While Sorensen expects most of his orders to come from Pennsylvania and New York due to his speaking engagements, he’s already seen orders from California, Texas, Michigan and Ohio.

Part four is a collection of tips and tricks for hunters.

“It’s really relevant anywhere. The way hunters think about hunting is pretty much the same anywhere, but the difference is laws and land access,” said Sorensen.

Self-published, “Growing Up With Guns” examines the hunter’s unique dual role as predator and conservationist, and presents thoughtful views about hunting in today’s world. 50 chapters cover: the days when people didn’t automatically assume guns were for killing people; the predator who cares about his prey species and his impact on species that aren’t his prey; the hunter as a non-consumptive user of wildlife, and why hunting is life-giving, and; tips and strategies that will make you a better hunter.