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Michael Patrick McCarty holds a B.S. Degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University and has a variety of field experience in fisheries and wildlife management, forestry, hydrology, and outdoor recreation.

He has hunted extensively throughout North America for game both small and large, including bow & arrow trips for Mountain Goat, Bighorn Sheep, Alaska Brown Bear, and many other big game species. He’s done a little fishing too along the way, from the New Jersey salt to the crystal clear trout streams of the Western Mountain Ranges and beyond.

A used and rare book dealer for more than 25 years, Mike  offers a catalog of fine titles in the fields of natural history, angling, the shooting sports, farming, and agriculture.

“Archery and bowhunting have always been my first loves, and I took my first whitetail deer at the age of twelve with a Hoyt recurve passed down from my father. I was a tournament archer too, and I can tell you that there’s nothing quite like the thrill of loosing a perfectly placed shaft on targets or game. I just never tire of watching the arrows fly…”

“Of course, I also have some other interests, and there never seems to be enough time for it all”

“I have a passion for old books, slow food, pigeons, the pursuit of bugling elk, fish and game cookery, heritage poultry breeds, personal freedom, and wilderness of any kind, to name just a few, and not necessarily in that order. I consider the White River National Forest of Western Colorado to be part of my backyard.”

An outdoor writer and blogger, Mike is an active member of The Outdoor Writers Association of America. He explores the mystery and magic of the natural world, as well as the ins and outs of prepping and survival, animal husbandry, and the many rewards of “honest” food.

You can find more of his work at The Backyard Provider.

Happy Trails!

Michael Patrick McCarty

“If they keep exposing you to education, you might even realize some day that man becomes immortal only in what he writes on paper, or hacks into rock, or slabbers onto a canvas, or pulls out of a piano”. – Robert Ruark


Fire in the Sky

“The Poet is the kinsman in the clouds, who scoffs at archers, loves a stormy day;

But on the ground, among the hooting crowds, he cannot walk, his wings are in the way.”

-Charles Baudelaire


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