Tom Ryle's Field Journal

Field Staff Profile: Tom Ryle

Since childhood my roots have been anchored outdoors. Camping, fishing, and hunting with my family was and integral part of growing up and secured my connection to wild places and the experiences they offer. My passion for bowhunting has fueled adventures spanning the United States, Canada, and South Africa.

In early 1993 I began working for legendary game calling pioneer and National Bowhunter Hall of Fame inductee, Larry D. Jones at Wilderness Sound Productions.  I worked on new game call product development, production, and filming for a variety of projects.  Larry taught me how to shoot high-quality video in the field and I was able to put these skills to use on promotional videos, DART Target System footage, Techno-Hunt footage, and a few notable hunting video titles.

Later, to further my technical archery & bowhunting knowledge, I moved to Colorado and partnered with Bowhunter Magazine's Technical Editor, Dave Holt.  We conducted bowhunting classes (Colorado School of Bowhunting) and spent 150+ days afield each year bowhunting and field testing products.  I was responsible for promotional video footage, video target footage, press releases, building a technical workshop, sales and promotion of various archery products and videos throughout our bowhunting adventures.

Over the years I have harvested Columbian Blacktail Deer, Roosevelt Elk, Rocky Mountain Elk, Black Bear, Pronghorn Antelope, Whitetail Deer, Caribou, African game, Coyote, Turkey, and a variety of small game.  I have been involved with numerous wildlife, habitat, conservation, and NBEF bowhunter education volunteer activities in order to give back to the wild resources I cherish so much.  I have been blessed with some incredible mentors as well, so in turn I'm driven to share my experiences to help others find success in the field.

Professionally, I have worked in Product Design & Development for 17 years, specializing in Industrial Design and Design Management.  I'm an official measurer for the Pope and Young Club, NMLRA, NW Big Game, and Oregon Shed Hunters.
Tom Ryle

Field Journals by Tom Ryle

  • December 31, 2010 is the deadline for entries to be submitted for the 27th Biennium, as well as for inclusion in the 7th Edition all-time record book, “Bowhunting Big Game Records of North America, 7th Edition.” Just a reminder to everyone that the 27th Recording […]

    Deadline for Pope & Young Recording Period and New Record Book

    December 31, 2010 is the deadline for entries to be submitted for the 27th Biennium, as well as for inclusion in the 7th Edition all-time record book, “Bowhunting Big Game Records of North America, 7th Edition.” Just a reminder to everyone that the 27th Recording […]

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  • http://www.outdoorfathers.com/ Every once in a while you cross paths with someone who stands out in a crowd; someone who is thinking about the big picture and doing something about it. Such is the case with Monte Perron of Raleigh, North Carolina. Social Networking is a […]

    Outdoor Fathers – An Interview with Monte Perron

    http://www.outdoorfathers.com/ Every once in a while you cross paths with someone who stands out in a crowd; someone who is thinking about the big picture and doing something about it. Such is the case with Monte Perron of Raleigh, North Carolina. Social Networking is a […]

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  • I’ll keep this post brief.  I was fortunate to have filled my blacktail tag during the final hours of the short Washington late rifle season*, November 18-21 (Thursday-Sunday). Rubs lines like this in Octoberare one of the best indicatorsof a dominant buck in the area. I hunted a few […]

    2010 Washington Blacktail

    I’ll keep this post brief.  I was fortunate to have filled my blacktail tag during the final hours of the short Washington late rifle season*, November 18-21 (Thursday-Sunday). Rubs lines like this in Octoberare one of the best indicatorsof a dominant buck in the area. I hunted a few […]

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  • A mature buck pushes a doe past one of my cameras on 10/17/09 The following sequence of photos illustrates the alure of hunting blacktail deer during the final week of October.  Typically, this is a magical time in the blacktail woods, where bucks feel the […]

    Blacktail Rutting Action!

    A mature buck pushes a doe past one of my cameras on 10/17/09 The following sequence of photos illustrates the alure of hunting blacktail deer during the final week of October.  Typically, this is a magical time in the blacktail woods, where bucks feel the […]

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  • This post is all about the proper field care and do-it-yourself processing of game at home. I won’t get too deep into the details throughout the entire process because that could fill the pages of a full-length book. Instead, I’ll share some of the key […]

    Field to Freezer – Meat Care & Processing Tips

    This post is all about the proper field care and do-it-yourself processing of game at home. I won’t get too deep into the details throughout the entire process because that could fill the pages of a full-length book. Instead, I’ll share some of the key […]

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  • The Pacific Northwest is home to hundreds of thousands of acres of managed forest lands, many of which are owned by private timber companies that were founded on the rich timber resources that blanket this region. This fertile land is also prime habitat and home […]

    Mountain Bike Hunting

    The Pacific Northwest is home to hundreds of thousands of acres of managed forest lands, many of which are owned by private timber companies that were founded on the rich timber resources that blanket this region. This fertile land is also prime habitat and home […]

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  • Who doesn’t like jerky?  Ok, vegans and vegetarians put your hands down. I make a lot of jerky throughout the year.  I love it, my kids love it, and it’s a healthy high-protein snack that is great to pack along on any outdoor adventure. I […]

    Jerky!

    Who doesn’t like jerky?  Ok, vegans and vegetarians put your hands down. I make a lot of jerky throughout the year.  I love it, my kids love it, and it’s a healthy high-protein snack that is great to pack along on any outdoor adventure. I […]

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  • Back when I turned 30 I went to my doctor – a new doctor I had not seen before – for a routine physical. I’ll never forget the moment he said, “Tom, you seem to have gained some weight recently.” Not sure how he knew […]

    Getting in "Elk Shape"

    Back when I turned 30 I went to my doctor – a new doctor I had not seen before – for a routine physical. I’ll never forget the moment he said, “Tom, you seem to have gained some weight recently.” Not sure how he knew […]

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  • Two winters ago I pruned my ornamental cherry tree; the maroon colored variety you often see in and around neighborhoods and some business parks. It was getting a bit out of hand so I knocked it back a bit. I don’t care much for this […]

    Tillering a Bow from a Cherry Tree Branch

    Two winters ago I pruned my ornamental cherry tree; the maroon colored variety you often see in and around neighborhoods and some business parks. It was getting a bit out of hand so I knocked it back a bit. I don’t care much for this […]

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