NIAGARA, Wis. - Richard P. Smith, award-winning outdoor writer and photographer, hunter and wildlife expert, will present a program entitled "Hunting Big Woods Bucks" on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Niagara Public Library.
Smith is a nationally recognized writer, photographer and speaker who has authored 21 books and thousands of magazine articles, specializing in all types of wildlife, but especially whitetail deer and black bear.
He contributes regularly to Michigan Sportsman Magazine, Woods-N-Water News and the Porcupine Press. He's a field editor for Bear Hunting Magazine and Michigan Hooks & Bullets. Smith also writes and edits Bear Facts, the quarterly newsletter for the Michigan Bear Hunters Association.
His writing and photography appear regularly in national magazines including Deer & Deer Hunting, Buckmasters, North American Whitetail, American Hunter, North American Hunter, Outdoor Life, Bowhunter, Harris Publications, and National Wildlife.
Smith has been hunting whitetail deer and black bear for more than 40 years. The author and photographer is a recognized expert on their biology and behavior, as well as hunting these popular big game animals.
He has interview the top bear biologists in the country and accompanied them in the field on their research. A number of books he has written have been about deer and black bear.
Smith is only the second person in Michigan to collect a Commemorative Bucks of Michigan (CBM) Grand Slam. To complete such a feat, a hunter must shoot deer, bear, elk and turkey that qualify for listing in state records maintained by CBM.
It took Smith a lifetime of hunting in the state to achieve the goal - his Grand Slam was completed on Nov. 3, 2000. when he took a turkey that qualified for CBM records.
One of Smith's more prestigious honors was the receipt of the coveted Ben East Prize for 1997 from the Michigan United Conservation Clubs for conservation journalism about bear management. He also received the Outdoor Journalist of the Year award from the Flint, Mich. chapter of the Safari Club International that year.
For more information about this program, contact Bruce Darne of the Niagara Public Library at (715) 251-3236.