Sister John Paul Bauer never went hunting as a child. But she learned to shoot while serving in the Navy and took up hunting after returning home to become a Catholic nun and teacher in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania. She explains:
“In St. Marys, this is what you do. You go hunting. And everybody goes hunting. The coach, myself, the students.”
This season, after just a few hours in her deer stand on opening day, the Sister felled a ten-point buck. She laughs and says that there may have been some Divine Intervention on her behalf:
“I’ve always prayed the Rosary on the tree stand. That’s a tradition. You get up in the morning. You pray the rosary in the tree stand. So, I just think the Blessed Mother did smile upon me.”
I HAVE BEEN A FULL TIME OUTDOOR WRITER FOR THE PAST 49 PLUS YEARS WHICH INCLUDES AUTHORING TWO WEEKLY COLUMNS FOR THE DAILY GAZETTE FOR OVER 25 YEARS NOW. IN ADDITION I HAVE WRITTEN A MONTHLY REGIONAL COLUMN AND SPECIAL FEATURES FOR THE OUTDOORS MAGAZINE. I HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED IN BASSMASTER MAGAZINE, CABELAS WEBSITE; SHOTGUN NEWS; NY OUTDOOR TIMES;BARKEATER MAGAZINE;ON THE TRAIL MAGAZINE; AND SEVERAL OTHER NATIONAL AND REGIONAL PUBLICATIONS.
I AM A LICENSED NYS FISHING & HUNTING GUIDE AND NYS OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSN. NORTHERN VICE PRESIDENT.
I CURRENTLY HOLD THE FOLLOWING NWTF RECORDS: 7 GRAND SLAMS, A ROYAL SLAM, A WORLD SLAM AND THE FIRST IN NYS TO ACHIEVE THE NWTF MEXICAN SLAM AND THE THIRD EVER TO COMPLETE THE CANADIAN SLAM.
ON APRIL 24, 2010 I WAS HONORED WHEN I WAS INDUCTED INTO THE NYS OUTDOORSMAN HALL OF FAME. MOST RECENT AWARD WAS THE NYS OUTDOOR WRITER'S PASS IT ON AWARD SPONSORED BY BASS PRO SHOPS AND GIVEN TO THE WRITER WHO HAS DONE THE MOST IN PAST YEARS TO HELP PROMOTE AND THE OUTDOOR HERITAGE.
I AM CURRENTLY A MEMBER OF THE PROFESSIONAL OUTDOOR MEDIA ASSN.(POMA),OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSN. OF AMERICA (OWAA) AND THE NEW YORK STATE OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSN.(NYSOWA)