Jon Kercher spent nearly his entire adult life in the professional business arena running a family-owned hardwood business until recently becoming involved in the restaurant industry. Outside his professional world, he has led a life heavily rooted in the outdoors, from experiencing it himself to mentoring others, young and old alike, in all aspects of responsible outdoorsmanship, including but not limited to hunting, camping, SCUBA diving, private pilot (over 3500 hours) and survival.
He has devoted decades to being a hunter’s safety instructor, a range safety officer, a firearms instructor, a Boy Scout Leader (31 years), a Master Falconer, a fiercely loyal husband to his wife, a devoted father and a true friend to anyone lucky enough to cross his path. His lifelong hobby (nearly 60 years) is hunting which has taken him to many destinations, both domestic and international, where he has experience hunting North American, African, as well as Russian game, and owns multiple world records utilizing primitive weapons.
He was the motivating factor behind the books (having hounded me to write them for thirteen years before I actually did it) and served as my hunting mentor and profoundly important navigator throughout the writing process as far as recollection and accuracy of the experiences, the precision related to the physical detail of the properties in the books as well as serving as a pre-editor – teaching me
over and over that if he didn’t get what I was trying to impart to a reader having actually been there when it happened, that no one would. Together we spent hundreds of hours discussing details ad nausium in an effort to make this collection of hunting stories as authentic as possible.