Richard P. Smith Profile
Richard P. Smith is an award winning outdoor writer, photographer and speaker living in the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) of Michigan at Marquette who has been fascinated with wildlife his entire life. He began writing and taking photographs for publication, both to share some of his experiences and educate people about wildlife, when he was still in high school more than 40 years ago. Although he has photographed wildlife with still cameras during his entire career, he started filming with a video camera in 2003 and has managed to get some rare segments of wildlife on tape.
The author/photographer/speaker is a recognized expert on whitetail deer and black bear behavior and biology, but he’s also well acquainted with all types of North American wildlife. He has interviewed some of the top deer and bear biologists in the country and, when possible, accompanied them in the field on their research. A number of the books he's written have been about deer and black bear. And he’s the only person known to capture a grizzly bear attack on film.
Another rare sequence of images, taken over the course of a year and a half, that he is probably the only person to photograph are of twin albino whitetail bucks from the time they were fawns born to a normally colored doe, to having their first sets of antlers. Single albino fawns that survive are rare enough. The odds of documenting a set of twin albinos, both of which are bucks, are astronomical.
Still one more of this expert’s specialties is wildlife tracks and sign. In fact, one of his books (Animal Tracks and Signs of North America) is devoted to that subject.
One of his more prestigious honors was 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, Michigan Chapter of Safari Club International the same year.
Smith is a nationally recognized writer, photographer and speaker who has written 22 books and thousands of magazine articles, specializing in all types of wildlife. He contributes regularly to a number of Michigan publications such as Michigan Sportsman Magazine, Woods-N-Water News and the Porcupine Press. He's a field editor for Bear Hunting Magazine and Michigan Hooks & Bullets. He also writes and edits the quarterly newsletter for the Michigan Bear Hunters Association called Bear Facts. His writing and photography appear regularly in a number of national magazines such as National Wildlife.
Although Richard spends most of his time “hunting” wildlife with cameras, in season, he carries firearms and bows and arrows afield with him. The head mount of a snarling black bear that Smith shot with bow and arrow during 1974 plays a prominent role in the movie "Escanaba In Da Moonlight." The movie was filmed in and near Escanaba, Michigan during 2000 and began showing in theaters during February of 2001 and is now available on DVD and video. A screen-filling image of the bear head appears near the beginning of the movie as well as in a number of later scenes as it hangs on the hunting camp wall depicted in the film.
Smith, along with some of his video, occasionally appear on a variety of outdoor television programs. Although writing and photography deadlines keep this expert in the office more than he would like, he spends as much time as possible in the field looking for, studying and photographing whatever wildlife he can. For more information about this expert, his books or a sample of his photographs, go to his web site: www.richardpsmith.com.