Highland News Leader

HIASAA Hall of Fame nominee: Larry Mueller, Arts and Sciences

Larry Mueller graduated from Highland High School in 1944.

He received an electrical engineer certificate while serving in the Pacific in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1944-1946.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Mueller attended Belleville Area College.

He was an instructor in electronics at Ranken Technical College after serving in the Navy, but he was born to be a writer.

At the early age of 11, he published his first public works in a neighborhood newsletter, which he did with the help of a teacher and neighbor who could print it for him on a gel on canvas copier. He covered neighborhood events, as well as national events, like the Joe Louis fights, including the Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling bout.

Mueller was born in a time when hunting was still a valuable life skill. His father’s love of hunting and his mother’s meticulous nature both aided in forming a son who is meticulous in researching his subject matter on hunting and fishing and any other subject of his interest.

Mueller has written 16 books on hunting, fishing and related subjects and has been featured in several books by other authors.

He wrote the column “Hunting and Fishing with Larry Mueller” in the Highland News Leader and Belleville News-Democrat for 24 years and spent 24 years as editor and author writing the “Hunting Dogs” column, as well as featured articles for Outdoor Life magazine. He authored numerous articles in various other magazines such as Field and Stream and Sports Afield, and his articles have also been included in books and national publications such as Gun Digest.

Mueller was once invited to be on the Johnny Carson show. However, he was never one to seek the limelight and politely declined. He was, however, interviewed by Clare Conley and secured his future as Hunting Dogs editor and author for Outdoor Life magazine.

Mueller has hunted nearly every species of winged foul eligible for hunting, as well as every four-legged animal, plus poisonous snakes. His hunting excursions took him all over the United States, making the people he wrote about famous in their own right.

Mueller has always been an ethical hunter and has great respect and admiration for nature.

During much of his life, he has had a kennel of four to five dogs of a variety of species that reflected his hunting interests. He has written several articles on dog health, dog supplements to increase health and intelligence, dog genetics (before it was popular) and kind, appropriate training methods that encourage dogs to be their best.

Mueller is currently writing his 17th book on selecting and breeding highly trainable hunting dogs using genetic information. His books are available on Amazon.com.

Mueller’s book “Bear Attacks of the Century,” published in 2005, was recently featured in a new ABC-TV series called In An Instant. The program was a re-creation of a man who was attacked by a grizzly bear who had read Mueller’s book and remembered survival tips from the book and used them to protect his severe wounds. The cover of the book was shown in the episode.

Mueller is a respected writer and is often asked to review a book, inspire a title, write an introduction or forward for other books, and he is a professional photographer.

Mueller has been awarded the title of “Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels” by the governor of Kentucky. It is the highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The colonels are Kentucky’s ambassadors of good will and fellowship around the world. Colonelships are commissioned for an individual’s contributions to his community, state or nation, and for special achievements. Mueller is a “colonel” amongst others such as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Winston Churchill, John Glenn, Muhammad Ali, Betty White, and Elvis Presley, to name a few.