A few weeks ago I visited the Jack O'Connor Center in Lewiston, Idaho on the east bank of the Snake River. The outdoor writer, Jack O'Connor, had quite an influence on me as a young hunter. Each month I would devour the latest edition of Sports Afield and a couple other magazines. Jack was my favorite author back then. He had a unique way of spiriting me away with him on his hunting adventures around the world. I kept large stacks of magazines under my bed and over those youthful years I would pull them out often and search the table of contents anew for the latest hunt topic of interest to me. You may remember my reference to him in the article I wrote about my 2011 high country mule deer hunt in Wyoming with Mule Creek Outfitting. I felt a special kinship with him on that trip, using the same techniques he did in those many magazine articles. In the picture below I sit hoping Jack's writing abilities will rub off this chair at the Jack O'Connor Center and onto the place where part of my "writing brain" resides. I know I used to own a couple of his books, though they are now gone. While at the Jack O'Connor Center I bought a coffee table sized book with a compilation of stories he actually chose himself for the book. I strongly suggest you find time for a detour to the Jack O'Connor Center. You'll be glad you did. The folks who run it are hunters like you and me and they are very friendly. Please say hello for me.