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.
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, 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 native South Dakota 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: Realtree Outdoors, Realtree's Monster Bucks, Realtree's All-Stars of Spring, North American Hunter on OLN, and North American's Tales of the Hunt on The Outdoor Channel and scores of other shows he's appeared on. Currently, Mark co hosts North American Hunter Television on Versus, and Extreme Pursuits on the Pursuit Channel.
When he's not out pursuing outdoor adventures, Mark retreats to his small ranch nestled in the Missouri River breaks of central South Dakota. He lives there with his wife Sharon, his son Cole and his daughter Katelyn. They share their land with two quarter horses, a herd of mule deer, ring-necked pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, greater prairie chickens and a variety of other small game.