Jason is a seasoned columnist for Petersen’s Bowhunting, and has been sharing his expertise and insights with readers for nearly a decade. With a repertoire of over 50 columns under his belt, his dedication to the hunting community is evident. Beyond the written word, Jason has also been featured on the publication’s podcast, further solidifying his position as a trusted authority in the field.



Jason delves into Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a Petersen’s Bowhunting column. First observed in 1967, CWD’s impact on deer and its potential economic consequences for state wildlife agencies, funded by hunting-license sales, remains a concern. The disease has caused alarm among hunters, especially regarding venison safety. The article also discusses “deer farming” and its possible role in CWD’s spread. Snavely stresses the need for better understanding and questions current measures’ effectiveness. He wonders if nature might have its own answer to the CWD issue.


In Jason’s column for Petersen’s Bowhunting, he delves into Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), first identified in 1967 in Colorado. Over 55 years, CWD has spread across North America, raising alarms among wildlife agencies and conservationists. As a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE), it causes neurological degeneration in whitetails. The disease spreads both directly between deer and from environmental sources, with misfolded prion proteins causing neuronal death. The disease’s extended incubation period, up to four years or longer, creates a space for further discussion and consideration considering the average lifespan of huntable deer populations in the U.S.


In a webinar for Cover Crop Innovators, Jason presents to Steve Groff’s audience a range of topics central to sustainable agriculture and wildlife food plotting. He emphasizes the significance of soil health strategies, highlighting the drawbacks of neglecting this vital aspect of farming. The discussion delves into the diverse plants that attract deer, such as tillage radish, Persian clover, and sun hemp, underscoring the idea that deer have an innate “nutritional wisdom” that draws them to nutrient-rich plants. Furthermore, Jason introduces the audience to regenerative food plotting techniques employed by Drop-Tine Wildlife Consulting, including innovative products like “Arctic Bloom” for frost seeding. 

In the 2010 book Deer Cameras: The Science of Scouting, published by the Quality Deer Management Association, Jason authored “Chapter 1: Trail Camera Technology.” This book was recognized for its excellence, winning the 2010 Pinnacle Award from the Professional Outdoor Media Association as the best book of the year.

Jason played a pivotal role in the transformation of the Jenzano farm in Pennsylvania. Beginning its journey in 1967 with just 13 acres, the farm expanded to 190 acres. In the 1980s, a significant change occurred with the planting of 30 acres of Douglas fir, which subsequently became a sanctuary for various wildlife. By 1997, with Jason’s insights and collaboration, hunting strategies evolved to prioritize older, larger bucks. Jason’s emphasis on the importance of deer age over antler size greatly influenced the farm’s approach. As a result, recent seasons have seen the successful harvest of older bucks, underscoring the benefits of active deer and habitat management on a small property and the impactful partnership with Jason. In recent years, Jason has shifted the program into a buck harvest model that prioritizes maximizing antler size at maturity by minimizing perpetual protection and high grading buck harvest practices.  Jason and Jim have been applying the same management practices to several of Jim’s Iowa farms with mind blowing success!

In episode 332 of the Wired To Hunt podcast with Mark Kenyon, Jason delves into the innovative concept of regenerative wildlife agriculture. He and Kenyon explore its significance, especially for deer hunters, and how it can be implemented on hunting properties. The discussion covers the essence of regenerative wildlife agriculture, its impact on creating a healthier environment for wildlife, and the pivotal role of soil health. They also touch upon practical aspects like managing food plots without herbicides, the challenges with no-till drills, and the benefits of crop rotation and diversity.

In episode 3 of the HuntScience Podcast, Jason immerses listeners in the intricate realm of habitat management. Drawing from his rich experience and academic background, he provides invaluable insights and hands-on guidance on the philosophy of property restoration. He underscores the significance of harmonizing with nature’s detailed blueprint. Throughout the episode, Jason delves into the challenges and successes associated with crafting habitats that genuinely reflect the essence of the natural world.