Bob Ford has lived all but three years of his life in the hills of Pennsylvania. The three exilic years were spent attending seminary at The Methodist Theological School in Ohio where he lamented the lack of topography that characterizes the central portion of the Buckeye state. He purchased his first beagle for $75 in 1985 with money earned delivering the Erie Sunday Times. This first beagle committed Ford to the company of hounds and has resulted in a life that has gone to the dogs. Ford has served United Methodist Churches in Warrensburg, OH; Elkland, PA and Houtzdale PA. He is a Ph.D. candidate in systematic theology at Duquesne University and teaches philosophy and religious studies part-time at Penn State Altoona.
Bob has hunted rabbits and hare throughout the country, ranging from Northern Alabama to the Quebec border, and he is always looking for new places to hunt and new species of rabbits and hare for his hounds to pursue. He is an ordained pastor in the Susquehanna Conference of The United Methodist Church and currently resides in State College, PA. Ford believes that American-made, double barrel,16 gauge shotguns from the previous century are the best firearms available to the small game hunter and that few things compare to the sound of a pack of beagles chasing rabbits on morning dew in a foggy valley. He writes a monthly column for the American Beagler magazine and Hounds and Hunting magazine. He has had more than 100 articles in Better Beagling and currently writes an article each month for The American Beagler and Hounds & Hunting.