CONTRIBUTORS JASON BROOKS DAVE SMITH JOHN CHILDS ZACH MANSFIELD JASON BROOKS Jason Brooks is a freelance out- door writer and photographer that has been published in several regional and national magazines. Currently living in Puyallup, Wash., Jason is often hunting in the Cascade Moun- tains or Idaho’s Salmon River backcountry when not fishing the many rivers along Wash- ington’s coast. In this issue, Ja- son writes about hunting mule deer in Idaho’s Frank Church Wilderness Area. Jason is a field editor for Western Hunting Journal. 86 WESTERN HUNTING JOURNAL DAVE SMITH Dave Smith lives and hunts in the Willamette Valley of Northwest Oregon, the most highly-regulated goose hunt in the country. Hunting wintering geese over a six-month-long season, where certain subspe- cies are off-limits has forced him to adapt or die. He is the founder of Dave Smith Decoys and credited with making the first ultra-realistic hunting de- coys. In this issue, Dave writes about the art of hiding well while hunting Canada geese. JOHN CHILDS John Childs is an outdoor enthusiast, who from the earliest age recognized hunting and fishing would be more than just a hobby but a way of life. He’s worked in the outdoor industry for over 25 years and is just as passionate today about hunting, shooting, fishing, and other outdoor activities as when he was a youngster growing up South Texas. Today, John lives in Portland, Oregon and hunts throughout the West. In this issue, he writes about hunting whitetail deer in Northern Idaho. ZACH MANSFIELD Born in Eastern Oregon and raised among the sage brush flats of Central Oregon, Zach’s appetite for life was fostered along the banks Deschutes River and in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain range. Today Zach calls Eastern Oregon home where he takes every chance he gets to go afield with his wife, daughter and yellow lab. In this issue, Zach writes about hard-earned lessons learned while archery hunting. Zach is a field editor for Western Hunting Journal.