In the course of his duties with Idaho Department of Fish & Game, Butch, at different times conducted interviews with print media, radio stations, and television stations in his different patrol areas. Sue Nass, producer of the joint IDFG/KTVB television series, Incredible Idaho, first noted Butch’s camera presence when she filmed a Dutch oven cooking segment for the August 1991 episode. Subsequently, she included Butch on two episodes filmed on raft trips down Middle Fork of Salmon River and Hell’s Canyon, respectively; and, an episode about covert wildlife investigations. The Hell’s Canyon raft trip included a portion of the episode being devoted to Butch’s already acclaimed cooking abilities featuring a Dutch oven salmon dinner for the crew.
Along with Dutch oven cooking, writing has also been one of Butch’s interests. While stationed in Nampa, Idaho, he wrote a regular column on conservation and wildlife matters. This helped hone his skills to take on the task of writing the first of three Dutch oven cookbooks. As may be known by many of you, Butch’s cookbooks contain much more than recipes, but also include many tips and anecdotal, entertaining stories about his cooking experiences and days in the back country of Idaho.
For thirteen weeks in 1998, Butch had his own hour-long call in radio show on WALE Radio in Rhode Island. He prepared the material each week on the topics he wanted to cover, and took live telephone calls. It was a good learning experience for what was to come.
The fall of 1998, while still employed with IDFG, Butch filmed the first eight episodes of the Public Television series, Dutch Oven & Camp Cooking. He filmed another eighteen shows the fall of 1999, and completed the series with thirteen more shows in 2000, which began airing the spring of 2001. Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting System invited Butch to do telethons for two separate years to promote the series, generate pledges, and raise funds. They stated that no other live telethon had raised the amount of money as Butch’s second telethon. These telethons have been rebroadcast by RMPBS several times to raise additional pledges. This series of thirty-nine shows of Dutch Oven & Camp Cooking are still being aired on Public Television stations around the country.
Butch is regularly interviewed on the radio show, Indiana on the Outdoors, which is broadcast on 26 radio stations throughout Indiana.
Writing projects are also endeavors Butch pursues and enjoys. He writes occasional articles for several publications. But the most significant of his current writing assignment is that he is a regular columnist for BBQ and Beverage, a magazine published in Grand Junction, Colorado, that has been out for over a year. His articles feature, of course, Dutch oven topics and stories, and include pictures and recipes in each issue. The last issue included a feature article on some of the “how-to’s” of Dutch oven cooking and cuisine.
Butch continues to do interviews with television stations, radio stations, and print media as he tours around the country to promote his cookbooks, teach Dutch oven cooking clinics, do store demonstrations, make personal appearances, and attend various sportsmen’s and outdoor shows.