Charles J. Alsheimer
Charles J. Alsheimer was born in Bath, New York, on May 1, 1947, the son of Charles H. and Eleanor (Rose) Alsheimer. Charlie grew up in Avoca, New York, graduating in 1966 from Avoca Central School, where he was a standout basketball and baseball player. In 1967, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served proudly in Vietnam, achieving the rank of sergeant prior to being honorably discharged in 1970. Following his military service, Charlie returned home to New York, graduated college, and worked for seven years in sales and marketing with the Gunlocke Company. He married Carla Todd on April 22, 1972, and together they raised one son. In 1979, Charlie left the corporate world to chase his dream of a full-time career as a nature photographer and writer. He went on to achieve remarkable success, becoming one of the most widely published outdoor photographers of his era. His images were featured in thousands of magazines, books, and calendars and won countless awards. Charlie’s favorite subject, both as a photographer and writer, was the whitetail deer. He authored seven best-selling books and hundreds of magazine articles on the whitetail. Charlie was a preeminent expert on deer behavior and collaborated on groundbreaking research on the moon’s impact on whitetail breeding patterns. He served as field editor of Deer & Deer Hunting magazine for nearly 38 years and as host of Deer & Deer Hunting TV, which aired on the Outdoor Channel.