John Sloan

John Sloan
John L. Sloan, Lebanon, TN began hunting deer in 1954, He killed his first deer, and 8-pt buck in 1956. Since then, he estimates he has killed 300 plus deer, most with a bow. “I have been hunting, studying, managing and writing about deer for a dang long time.” He jokes.

Sloan sold his first hunting article in 1957, and estimates he has had over 7,000 pieces published. He has written for most of the major outdoor publications and served as editor-at-Large for Bow and Arrow Hunting Magazine for many years. He was also the back page columnist for Bowhunt America for many years and currently serves in that capacity for South Pacific Bowhunter. His outdoor column has been in continuous publication for 35 years and has won every award for which it is eligible. Sloan has won over 150 awards for his writing and photography including the prestigious President’s Award for best outdoor story of the year in 2002.

He is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a degree in Wildlife Biology/Communications. He attended on a rodeo scholarship and competed in professional rodeo for 25 years, winning or placing at many of the largest rodeos. His best event was bareback bronc riding.

He was a much sought after seminar speaker for 20-years appearing at outdoor shows across the U.S. and Canada and was on television for four years. He has appeared in many videos and has written four books. Bowhunting Whitetail Deer won second best outdoor book in 1995.

He has hunted extensively across the U.S. and Canada for many species of big game. He has been an advisor for companies on hunting products. Among those, he served as head of the hunting advisory staff for ASAT Camouflage and Champion Bows and worked for Knight Rifles, Arctic Cat and Ford in product exposure. For several years, he worked as a guide and outfitter in IL, IA, NE, MO, WY, NM, CO, TN and in Three Canadian provinces. No longer a trophy hunter, he just enjoys the time outdoors.

Now semi-retired he writes, hunts, fishes, and spends a lot of time playing with his grandkids. He can be reached via email at
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Whitetail Management 101 – Part 2
What deer do we want to kill to achieve our goals? For me, I want to protect every buck less than 3.5 years old. From that point on, you do not need to protect them.

Whitetail Management 101 – Part 1
The first question I ask a prospective landowner or lease manager is what they realistically expect from deer management. About 95% of the time, I then explain why they should not hire me. The reason being, no deer biologist can possibly meet those expectations.

Some Things I’ve Learned about Deer Hunting
I guess after 57 years of hunting deer, one would expect that I would learn a few things. I think I have. I know for sure I have learned some things about stand placement and positioning.

Postseason Scouting
As our hunting seasons wind down, it is time to start thinking about post-season scouting. I am continually amazed at how few deer hunters do any post-season scouting…

Of Course, You Know…
As our season winds down, I started thinking about some things most deer hunters should know. With an archery season full of opportunities mostly under our belts and now all sorts of options with firearms waning…

A Decade With the Dangerous Clowns.
A bow and arrows, even the most modern ones, do not instill a great deal of confidence when over 300 pounds of humorous evil is staring right at you. What immediately runs through the mind of those who have one is, ‘I could be in deep do-do, here.”