About Wm. Hovey Smith

Wm. Hovey Smith is the author of 13 books that have included publishing four of the first books ever published about AIDS, one on regional architecture, three on geology, a book of children’s stories, a children’s play, one on bowfishing, another on crossbow hunting,  and the most recent Backyard Deer Hunting: Converting deer to dinner for pennies per pound.  Written, but unpublished, are two books on muzzleloading hunting, a book on hunting knives, a new to the world Christmas story and a screen play.

In addition to producing book-length works, Smith has written thousands of newspaper and magazine articles on outdoor and environmental subjects since his first pieces were published in the 1970s. He is also an accomplished story teller, and two hour-long CDs with his stories is now being readied for release.

“Writing is part of my life, and is something that I almost ‘must’ do,” Smith stated. “I have always felt that if there was a need to be met, such as the case in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, some writer needed to fill it. I had the world’s leading experts coming to Atlanta to present their findings on one of the hottest topics in the world. As a writer, this was a challenge that I felt that I had to take up.

“Similarly, bowfishermen and crossbow hunters did not have a current book that represented these activities. These were unmet needs that I  filled with the publication of  Practical Bowfishing in 2004 and Crossbow Hunting in 2006. With millions of people projected to be out of work during the 2009-2010 hunting seasons, it struck me that there would be a great need for a plain-language book that would tell them how to hunt deer and feed their families. Backyard Deer Hunting became that book. ”

The author was born in Sandersville, Georgia, and returned to his home town to live in the early 1980s. He received his B.S. degree in Geology from the University of Georgia and his M.S. in Geology from the University of Alaska. As a professional geologists he worked throughout North America. He is a member of a number of writers’ associations, including POMA, OWAA, SEOPA and GOWA and is past president of the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association. He was won numerous awards for his work, which have always been noted for considering unusual topics with a degree of humor and having a flare for including the unexpected.

21 thoughts on “About Wm. Hovey Smith

  1. We are launching a new website in the next couple of months and we are very interested in using outdoor radio programs to help us launch our new website http://www.sportsmanshub.com. Our website will be a discount membership organization specific to hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation providing a discount to members with over 150,000 outdoor products. Can you provide to us your contact information as well as a copy of your media kit and advertising rates. Thank you, Micala Paulson, Marketing

    1. Micala,

      I am interested in having one sponser who offers discounted and low cost hunting materials. The first show will be on Aug. 13. Will you be up by then? If not, I will help give your site a product launch through the show.

      Jon Missall, who is the Senior Executive Producer of VoiceAmerica Sports Radio, is better able to give you information on rates and our anticipated audience. He can be contacted at jon.missall@voiceamerica.com. or by telephone at 480 294-6419. Just mention my name, Hovey Smith, or the name of the Show, “The Backyard Sportsman” and you will be off to a running start.

      This will be a new, exciting, information-packed show that will be in sharp contrasts to the usual host-interview format. For more information about me and my activities go to my website http://www.hoveysmith.com and blog http://www.hoveysmith.wordpress.com.

      I look forward to our forming a relationship and working with you. Please direct future to hoveysmith@bellsouth.net for a faster response.

      Wm. Hovey Smith
      Executive Producer & Host
      The Backyard Sportsman

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  16. Many appear to be reading this post, but never getting into my website, blogs, videos and radio shows. It is worthwhile to take that extra step, because that is where I answer many of the hundreds of questions that I have received about this posting. My website is http://www.hoveysmith.com. That is the entry to almost everything else. There you will find my books and at the bottom of the page the best links to my blogs.

    The blog that I post most often is “Backyard Deer Hunting.” Here you will find materials on black-powder and other types of hunting and bowfishing, wild game cooking, writing tips, as well as access to a 20-part YouTube series on how to start your own outdoor-based business. There are also some odd birds about lifestyle and social issues that fit in no particular category. Certainly, not everyone will be interested in everything that I write. This blog has a search function. It is in the right-hand column and is quite efficient in finding whatever topics interest you among my 250-odd posts.

    There are now some 110 YouTube videos of mine on the wmhoveysmith Channel. These are as diverse as my blog entries. Some are gun-hunting-fishing entries while others are on wild-game cooking. One that is different from any of these is my attending the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force’s meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi, in 2011. This includes a sound recording of the presentation that I gave advocating a plan calling for the long term (200-year) restoration of the Mississippi River Delta and appealing for funding to finance this cause. As of this date, Dec. 17, 2011, no such funding has been offered. I have an abstract approved for presentation at an International Conference on Wetlands Restoration (INTECOL 9) sponsored by the Univ. of Florida that will be held in Orlando in June, 2011. It will cost me about $2,000 to attend. As a retired Professional Geologist who is trying to make it in this economy and do interesting things on a Social Security income, I cannot swing this by myself.

    I hear of millions going to campaigns for the best of a group of terrible selections for the U.S. President, but it seems that no one is willing to spring for a couple of thousand to start something that can have a real positive impact on the nation whether Congress is able to act now or not. The need for Delta restoration will not go away. Other natural events will occur. We can now start to prevent large-scale damage such as occurred during Katrina by doing this long term program of rebuilding the Delta using million of tons of soil washed from the heartland of America to help the Delta heal itself, grow and provide future protection for the residents of lower Louisiana and Mississippi as well as to protect vital energy and transportation resources. This significant issue has now been almost completely forgotten in favor of the vanity of politics. The Presidential Task Force is finalizing its recommendations. They make no statement about the program that I propose, except loosely as a type of organization that might be part of a process along with the existing NGOs. In this political climate, I expect absolutely nothing to come of their recommendations.

    The program that I advocate can start now as a new NGO and actually write proposed legislation so that when the Nation has a Congress that can, and will, act, the legislation can be presented and more rapidly pass, perhaps a decade from now. BUT, I need to be at conferences to keep this concept alive until a grass-roots organization of governmental bodies, NGOs, Industry, Environmental Organizations and citizens in the Lower Mississippi Region can be formed to give life to this effort. I do not want to run it. I do not want to make this my life’s work. However, forming such a TVA kind of organization located in lower Louisiana with independent fundings is the best way to actually do something positive towards rebuilding the Mississippi Delta after hundreds of years of exploitation.

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