Winchester World of Whitetail with Ron Spomer
In Addition: Ron Spomer is awarded the Jack Slack Writer of the Year Award
“Ron Spomer’s skills in capturing just the right words and photographic images have earned him an audience that includes a wide range of hunters, naturalists and just about anyone who enjoys good reading,” said Mike Slake, Leupold’s marketing communications manager. “His love and respect for the outdoors…for hunting…and for conservation shines through in a body of work which includes six books as well as articles in more than 100 magazines. He is well qualified to join the list of distinguished writers who have received the Jack Slack Award.”
Spomer’s early focus on an outdoor writing career stems from a boyhood spent hunting, fishing and trapping in South Dakota. To that end he attended the University of South Dakota, where he received a degree in English, plus a teaching certificate which he says, “was a backup in case I couldn’t make it as a writer.”
After early success (he says, “my first five articles sold, but the next five didn’t”), he taught high school, worked as an information specialist for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, and as a photographer for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks before returning to a full-time career as a freelance writer.
Since then Spomer has traveled six continents, hunting, photographing and writing about upland birds and waterfowl as well as small and big game for publications as diverse as Rifle, Sporting Classics to Audubon and Birder’s World. Books which he has written include: “The Rut: The Spectacular Fall Ritual of North American Horned and Antlered Animals, Predator Hunting: Proven Strategies That Work From East to West, The Hunter’s Book of the Whitetail, The Big Game Hunters Guide to Montana, and The Big Game Hunters Guide to Idaho.