Mark Kayser has been photographing and writing about the outdoors since junior high with a career spanning more than two decades. Raised in the Great Plains of South Dakota, Mark’s appreciation for wildlife was spurred by his parent’s enjoyment of camping and his grandfather’s addiction to hunting. Together, the two created a thirst for Mark to be in the outdoors. His interest in art was transformed from pencil to camera and he’s been hooked on photography since. A B.S. in News Editorial Journalism from South Dakota State University helped him shape his career in outdoor communications.
Mark enjoys photographing outdoor participants as well as wildlife and scenery. His travels have spanned three continents and he’s been fortunate to photograph everything from Alaska moose in the Alaska Range to greater kudu in Namibia. His photography has earned him numerous honors including first place awards from the National Travel and Tourism Association, the Outdoor Writers Association of America and from the Association Great Lakes Outdoor Writers.
Mark is the whitetail columnist for North American Hunter, the backyard whitetail bowhunting columnist for Bowhunt America magazine and the Hunting West columnist for Cabela’s Outfitter Journal. Mark also shares his thoughts via blogs at outdoorlife.com, huntingclub.com and truckvault.com.
His work has been published in nearly every major outdoor publication on the market today including Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, American Hunter, North American Hunter, Turkey Call, Turkey and Turkey Hunting, Free Hunters, Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, Sporting Classics, Shooting Sportsman, Bowhunter, Bowhunting World, Bowhunt America, Harris Publications, and Grand View Media titles. In addition, his photographs have been on the cover of six books, dozens of magazines and several video covers.
Together with outdoor photography and writing, Mark is an avid hunter with special interest in big game. He’s an accomplished bowhunter and firearm hunter for all species and has hunted white-tailed deer, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, black bear, moose, Dall’s sheep, wild turkey, red deer and a variety of African game. When not chasing big game, Mark goes afield in his backyard for upland game and waterfowl. Mark also guides hunters for big game and turkeys in the West as time allows.
Mark’s hunting has been featured on a variety of television outdoor shows and videos including: Whitetail Revolution, The Versus Whitetail Challenge, Realtree Outdoors, Realtree’s Monster Bucks, Realtree’s All-Stars of Spring, North American Hunter, North American’s Tales of the Hunt and scores of other shows he’s appeared on. Currently, Mark hosts TruckVault’s Xtreme Hunts on Versus, co-hosts North American Hunter on Versus and co-hosts Whitetail Revolution on Versus. Mark also participated in the 2006 Versus first-ever Whitetail Challenge.
When he’s not out pursuing outdoor adventures, Mark retreats to his small ranch nestled at the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming. He lives in elk country with his wife Sharon, his son Cole and his daughter Katelyn. They share their land with their quarter horses, mule deer, pronghorns, ring-necked pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse and a variety of other small game.