You never forget your many ‘firsts’ in Northern Ontario– your first moose, your first wolf, your first bald eagle. But sometimes, as we become caught up in our urbanized Northern daily grind picking up coffee on the way to work, grabbing groceries on the way home and chauffeuring kids around town, we forget that we are completely embraced by a gorgeous landscape and all around us- the magnificent creatures that inhabit it. Ron Gallagher is an avid outdoorsman. As far his memories extend he has always had a vibrant love for the bush and the wildlife within it. Ron began hunting as a youngster. “If there was a season for it, I hunted it,” he says. Three years ago Ron was compelled to re-examine his hunting hobby. “I don’t think you would be human if you didn’t feel some kind of remorse as a hunter.” The close of bear season was days away and Ron headed out to the bush to make use of his tag. His wife, Ang, came along for company, tucked neatly behind Ron on their four wheeler. It wasn’t long before a male came into Ron’s line of sight and he delivered his arrow clean and true. He cleaned the bear and loaded it on the back of the four wheeler. To spare it from the wheels as they dug through the bush back home, Ang held the bears head in her lap. “She was very emotional about it. And we kind of rethought things,” shares Ron. Ron had dabbled in photography for 15 years at that time. “After that experience, the wildlife photography just seemed like a good thing to do. But I have nothing against hunting. I love to eat wild meat and I believe there is a need for wildlife management.” Since that day three years ago, Ron committed to refining his shot with the camera. He’s mostly self-taught but has appreciated mentoring from other wildlife photographers from the Algoma District. He is humble about his work saying, “I’m doing this for the love it. Each shot is about trying to take a better picture than the last one.” As far as what’s left to shoot in the Algoma District Ron has captured it all. But he’s set his sights on a trip to BC in the summer to photograph killer whales in the wild and has a long-term goal to safari in Africa.