Randy Lawrence began grouse hunting in 1981, bought his first English setter in 1982, and has gone to the dogs ever since.
He has written on wingshooting and gun dogs since 1981, with articles printed in The Double Gun Journal, Game and Gun, The Ruffed Grouse Society Magazine, Grey’s Sporting Journal, The Upland Almanac, Quail Unlimited Magazine, and The Pointing Dog Journal. For 24 years, he wrote the monthly “Wingshooting” column for Sporting Clays Magazine; he is currently a contributor to Clay Target Nation, official publication of the National Sporting Clays Association. Randy’s columns and features have won awards from the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers and numerous “Charlie” prizes from The Florida Magazine Association’s “Publishing in Paradise” competition.
Randy has published two pieces of fiction and one essay in sporting dog anthologies: “Ring The Bell For Popeye” in A Breed Apart (1995, Countrysport Press); “The Other Man’s Dog” in Afield: American Writers on Bird Dogs (2014, Skyhorse Publishing); and in Pheasant Tales, “Home To Roost” (2015, Countrysport Press).
Randy is retired from 37 years in education, first teaching and coaching in the public schools, then working in the College of English and the College of Education at Ohio University. For 22 years, he was a professor in the School of Arts and Sciences at Hocking College teaching writing, speech, and sociology.
2017 marks his 24th year playing music on Buckeye Lake with friend and bass player extraordinaire Dan Erickson, most of that time spent off the East Sandbar Point at Papa Boo’s Key West Cookery.
Randy shares a southeastern Ohio hill farm with Peruvian horses, a small herd of British White cattle, two British Labradors, one Llewellin and one Ryman setter, and a wild-eyed pointer named Harper Lee who reminds him that there might be one more bird just over the next horizon.
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