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Friday, December 31, 2010

The Best of All Seasons: Fifty Years as a Montana Hunter

Dan Aadland (Author)

Since first learning to handle a Winchester .22 as a kid, Dan Aadland has exulted in hunting—not as a sport but as a calling. In this book he takes readers to Montana’s prairies and mountains in search of antelope, whitetail deer, moose, and the occasional upland bird as he vividly describes the rituals and camaraderie of hunting culture.

In fifteen essays recounting a lifetime of adventures, Aadland spins tales of a hunter whose years have been enriched by pursuing game under Montana’s big sky. He conveys the drama of stalking elk in deep snow, when sometimes just the chance at a shot is enough, and describes the tricks of bowhunting. He tells how hunting with horses was “the real deal”: planting one’s foot in the stirrup and sensing an affinity with great hunters of the past. Underlying his memoir is a deep respect for wildlife and appreciation for the West.

Sometimes nostalgic, often humorous, Aadland’s book recounts the highs and lows of the hunt while revealing why the pursuit of game remains so important to so many people. The Best of All Seasons depicts hunting as an essential part of the good life, suggesting that in our civilized age it yet remains a fundamentally natural act. In allowing readers a glimpse into that life, this book simultaneously shows that for Dan Aadland, fine writing comes just as naturally.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thank God I Had a Gun: True Accounts of Self-Defense

Chris Bird (Author)

This collection of true stories examines incidents involving the use of firearms by ordinary citizens for personal protection against criminals. Three basic types of events are discussed: armed defense at home, at work, and in a public place. Each episode is explored in detail, with a look at the citizen involved as well as how their defensive actions aided them or could be improved. From convenience-store robberies to police arrests gone awry, these stories provide memorable reminders of firearm self-defense dos and don'ts.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

High Performance Muzzleloading Big Game Rifles

Toby Bridges (Author)

In the pages of High Performance Muzzleloading Big Game Rifles you'll find everything you need to master the latest in-line muzzleloading big game rifle and take the trophy buck or bull of a lifetime. High Performance Muzzleloading covers all aspects of in-lines including getting top performance, working up loads, choosing projectiles, scope selection, coping with muzzleloader trajectory, tips for maintaining accuracy, plus much, much more.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

In the Company of Moose

Victor Van Ballenberghe (Author)

Moose, the giant deer of the northern forests of Europe, Asia, and North America, can grow up to seven feet tall at the shoulder and exceed sixteen hundred pounds. Author and wildlife biologist Victor Van Ballenberghe has studied wild moose in the field for thirty-five years. The author gives insights into the species, their habitat, and predators and shares intimate stories about the moose he has studied for extensive periods. The beauty of these creatures, their strange grace and gentle nature, and their personalities are captured in lively text and dramatic full-color photos.

"At the western end of the Denali Park road, there are moose living on the tundra in September . . . This area is special mainly because the moose live in the shadow of Mount McKinley, the tallest peak in North America. From the north side it is awe inspiring, rising up from the lowlands, snow covered yearlong for two-thirds of its height. In September on clear, blue-sky days, when the tundra is red and Mount McKinley forms the backdrop, this moose country has no equal." --Victor Van Ballenberghe

Monday, December 27, 2010

Field Trips: Bug Hunting, Animal Tracking, Bird-watching, Shore Walking

Jim Arnosky (Author, Illustrator)

With Jim Arnosky as your guide, an ordinary hike becomes an eye-opening experience. He'll help you spot a hawk soaring far overhead and note the details of a dragonfly up close. Study the black-and-white drawings -- based on his own field research -- and you'll discover if those tracks in the brush were made by a deer or a fox.

In his celebrated style, this author, artist, and naturalist enthusiastically shares a wealth of tips. Jim Arnosky wants you to enjoy watching wildlife. He carefully explains how field marks, shapes, and location give clues for identifying certain plants and animals wherever you are. He gives hints for sharpening observational skills. And he encourages you to draw and record birds, insects, shells, animal tracks, and other finds from a busy day's watch.

Jim Arnosky has been honored for his overall contribution to literature for children by the Eva L. Gordon Award and the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for nonfiction. Many of his over fifty-five books have been chosen as ALA Notable Books by the American Library Association, including Drawing from Nature, a Christopher Award-winner.

The acclaimed artist and naturalist was inspired at an early age by the work of the American naturalists John Burroughs and Ernest Thompson Seton. For many years he concentrated on showing readers close-up pictures of the natural wonders found around his home in northern Vermont, where he and his wife, Deanna, raised their daughters, Michele and Amber.

Now, with both daughters married, Jim and Deanna have taken to exploring for wildlife in different parts of the United States. Wild and Swampy reflects their fascination with Southern swamplands and the creatures that live there.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Guarded Secrets To Hunting Like A Pro: Learn The Secrets Of Hunting Game And Experience The Ultimate Thrill In Your Hunting Trip As You Learn To Hunt Like A Pro

K M S (Author)

A newbie in the sport of hunting or just looking to improve your skills? This all-inclusive book will help you learn the basics as you get started. You've been a hunting fan for awhile now? Learn new techniques and current information to enhance your hunting skills. Whatever your skill level on the sport, if you enjoy hunting, there is always room to perfect the art. Understand a brief prehistory of hunting so you can understand man's primitive instincts to hunt. Gain knowledge on game selection and how each animal you decide to hunt determines your hunting trip altogether. Know the varied hunting permits and licenses for each country and state so you avoid getting fined or even ending up in jail. Find out hunting weaponry and ammunition to match each game to ensure a successful hunt. Know essential details on hunting gear, equipment and guidelines to warrant safety. We also give you tips on selecting the best hunting dog for your hunting ally. Plus a whole lot more valuable details to guarantee that you enjoy the over-all hunting experience with you and your buddies.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Alaska Bear Tales

Larry Kaniut (Author)

ALASKA BEAR TALES is a best-selling collection of edge-of-your-seat accounts of true-life encounters with bears in Alaska.

Larry Kaniut is the bestselling author of "Alaska Bear Tales," His other books include "Some Bears Kill" and "Danger Stalks the Land," His stories have appeared in "Outdoor Life," "Outdoor America," "Anchorage Times," and "Alaska Magazine," and he has appeared numerous times on national television and radio shows, including Good Morning America and G. Gordon Liddy's show. He has been an Alaska resident since 1966.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Buck Peterson's Complete Guide to Deer Hunting

Buck Peterson (Author), J. Angus Mclean (Illustrator)

Back by popular demand, the funniest author with a gun on his shoulder is making sure he still has the last word on deer and deer hunter behavior. The new and improved BUCK PETERSON’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO DEER HUNTING offers invaluable insights into hunting equipment, techniques, and habits, making it requisite reading for hunters with a sense of humor and for those in need of one.

A sleeker, rowdier, and funnier update of the classic humor book for deer hunters. Revision includes new sections on mad deer disease, suburban camouflage and desperate housewives, and what to do with awful offal. * First in a trilogy; fishing and bird-hunting guides to be published in fall 2006.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Bill Bryson (Author)

Returning to the U.S. after 20 years in England, Iowa native Bryson decided to reconnect with his mother country by hiking the length of the 2100-mile Appalachian Trail. Awed by merely the camping section of his local sporting goods store, he nevertheless plunges into the wilderness and emerges with a consistently comical account of a neophyte woodsman learning hard lessons about self-reliance. Bryson (The Lost Continent) carries himself in an irresistibly bewildered manner, accepting each new calamity with wonder and hilarity. He reviews the characters of the AT (as the trail is called), from a pack of incompetent Boy Scouts to a perpetually lost geezer named Chicken John. Most amusing is his cranky, crude and inestimable companion, Katz, a reformed substance abuser who once had single-handedly "become, in effect, Iowa's drug culture." The uneasy but always entertaining relationship between Bryson and Katz keeps their walk interesting, even during the flat stretches. Bryson completes the trail as planned, and he records the misadventure with insight and elegance. He is a popular author in Britain and his impeccably graceful and witty style deserves a large American audience as well.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Monday, December 20, 2010

How To Hunt The Nocturnal Buck

Dragan Vujic (Author)

The majority of the really big bucks only come out at night. After surviving three or more hunting seasons, these whitetails have learned that it is only safe to venture forth when the cloak of darkness descends. They are the nocturnal bucks. But, just because you do not see them in the diurnal hours, does not mean that they are not around. In fact, all of us have probably walked past within a stone throw of a bedded or hidden nocturnal buck and not noticed him. There are probably huge nocturnal bucks where you hunt. However, you may not have seen them. Having harvested several nocturnal bucks in the last several years, I would like to share some insightful information with you. This book describes in detail where to find nocturnal bucks and how to kill them during the daylight hours. The revealed strategies and tactics will bring you within bow range of a nocturnal buck in the daytime. I have also included a few detailed accounts of the nocturnal bucks that I have arrowed down.

Dragan Vujic is a writer and an active member in the Outdoor Writers Association of America. This is the seventh book that he has written on hunting whitetails. He has also had his material published in Whitetails Unlimited Magazine, Ontario Monster Whitetails Magazine and Petersen's Hunting.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Great Hunting Stories: Inspiring Adventures for Every Hunter

Steve Chapman (Author)

Bestselling author Steve Chapman (A Look at Life from a Deer Stand, over 230,000 copies sold) spins adventuresome hunting tales based on real-life excursions. Steve’s passion for God, family, and hunting make his stories entertaining and chockful of insights and encouragement for growing spiritually and relationally.

As readers hike with Steve and hunt for whitetail, turkey, and other game, they’ll discover life is all about the hunt and the hunt is all about life, as shown by…

-a hunter who helps save a strained father/son relationship
-an elderly hunter who discovers he hasn’t lost his passion after all
-a daughter and father team who struggle to keep hunting traditions alive
-rabbit-hunting brothers who realize how fragile life can be

Woven into every story is appreciation for God’s magnificent creation and the desire to love Him, serve Him, and reach out to people in His name.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Alligator Tales

Kevin M McCarthy (Author), John Moran (Photographer)

The alligator-Florida's most feared, maligned animal. From the time European settlers first stepped onto Florida's soil, the alligator has been a target of dread and revulsion-and the hunter's gun. Collected here are true(and tongue-in-cheek) accounts of alligators and the people who have hunted them, been attacked by them ,and tried to save them from extinction. Journey through the Everglades with 1800's Seminoles, experts at stalking and killing gators. Go along with a "Northern girl" as she shoots "my first alligator in my gloves and veil." And learn how modern alligator hunters go about their business, which hasn't changed much in the last hundred years or so.

If you like tall tales, you'll love Henry, the alligator-turned-head-waiter who becomes despondent when a pretty New York girl spurns his lovesick advances. Or Algy, the gator who survives a broiling in a furnace by his owners, who happen to think he's already dead and won't mind the heat. Or Two-Toed Tom, who may or may not have even exited, but who was blamed for everything from eating mules to terrorizing women and children.

This book is filled with amusing black-and-white photographs and is punctuated by a full-color section of photographs by John Moran, who has managed to capture the true essence of alligators in their natural habitat.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Ducks Unlimited Guide to Hunting Dabblers

Wade Bourne (Author)

This comprehensive guide to hunting mallards, wood ducks, wigeon, teal, pintails, and other dabbling ducks is the first definitive book on the subject for the 21st century, and a great resource for novice and veteran hunters alike. Never has another volume offered more details on dabbler hunting tactics, including: methods for hunting over decoys in marshes, flooded timber, agricultural fields, rivers; strategies for pass-shooting; tactics for hunting early and late in the season; tips from the country's best guides. This book also features in-depth chapters on how to call dabbling ducks, how to set up duck blinds and how to locate the best hunting spots. There's a chapter on shotguns and shooting, and even one on how to plan a duck hunting trip.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hunting Trips of a Ranchman and The Wilderness Hunter

Theodore Roosevelt (Author)

It's no secret that America's most bully president was also its most bully outdoorsman and conservationist; what's often forgotten was how beautifully and authoritatively he wrote about the wilderness and his considerable experiences there. These two pre-White House narratives--Ranchman was originally published in 1885, Wilderness eight years later--are rich and vivid. The former chronicles Roosevelt's sojourns in the Dakota Badlands; the latter is an extended love letter to the pleasures and challenges of outdoor life.

So what if some of his 19th-century ideas seem politically incorrect by the standards of the next century--magnificent prose is still magnificent prose. "Nowhere, not even at sea," writes the future First Hunter in one haunting passage, "does a man feel more lonely than when riding over the far-reaching seemingly never-ending plains ... [but] after a man has lived a little while on or near them, their very vastness and loneliness and their melancholy monotony have a strong fascination for him." By comparison, the isolation and weight of the Oval Office must have seemed like an afternoon stroll in the park.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Misery Loves Company: Waterfowling and the Relentless Pursuit of Self-Abuse

Bill Buckley (Author)

This book takes a fun-filled look at the foibles, follies, pratfalls, and unpredictable world of the duck hunter, from the time his alarm rings at until he stumbles into freezing marsh water two hours later, swamping his waders but not dampening his enthusiasm for the sport. Why do duck hunters do it? Sit in driving rain for hours awaiting ducks that may never come? Shiver in freezing boats and blinds in the most inaccessible, not to mention inhospitable, environs imaginable.

Author-photographer Bill Buckley writes about these magic moments with humor and verve, but it is his brilliant color photographs that steal the show. The hapless hunter who watches helplessly as his partner's Suburban backs out of the driveway-and over the gun case that holds his favorite shotgun. Click! The faithful retriever that elegantly lifts its leg and makes a sop of the hunter's blind bag. Click! And the pained expressions on the faces of duck hunters caught in the act of "enjoying" their favorite sport. Click. Waterfowlers who sometimes question their own sanity can now take heart. "It's all right," Buckley writes, "if you like standing in swamp muck for hours on end. It's okay if your family thinks you're weird. Who cares if your girlfriend diagnoses you as obsessive-compulsive or sadomasochistic? The important thing is, you're not alone."

Monday, December 13, 2010

SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation

John 'lofty' Wiseman (Author)

Newly updated to reflect the latest in survival knowledge and technology, the internationally bestselling SAS Survival Handbook is the definitive resource for all campers, hikers, and outdoor adventurers. From basic campcraft and navigation to fear management and strategies for coping with any type of disaster, this complete course includes:

Being prepared: Understanding basic survival needs and preparing essentials, such as a pocket survival kit.

Making camp: Finding the best location, constructing the appropriate shelter, organizing camp, and creating tools.

Food: What to eat, what to avoid, where to find it, and how to prepare it.

First aid: A comprehensive course in emergency/wilderness medicine, including how to maximize survival in any climate or when injured.

Disaster survival: How to react in the face of increasingly frequent natural disasters and hostile situations—and how to survive at home if all services and supplies are cut off.

John 'Lofty' Wiseman served in the British Special Air Service (SAS) for twenty-six years. The SAS Survival Handbook is based on the training techniques of this world-famous elite fighting force.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

If You Didn't Bring Jerky, What Did I Just Eat: Misadventures in Hunting, Fishing, and the Wilds of Suburbia

Bill Heavey (Author)

Whether he is accidentally cooking his brain with hand warmers or yanking his lure away from a trophy fish just before it takes the bait, Bill Heavey can do no right. For almost a decade, he has chronicled his incompetence on the back page of Field & Stream, where his hilarious dispatches about life as a hapless outdoorsman who lives in suburbia have earned him legions of fans. But Heavey is more than a humorist. The stories in this book range from amusing tales of a modern dad struggling to navigate the finer points of parenting and married life to longer and more serious narratives that involve travel, adventure, and tragedy. No matter what he’s writing about, Heavey is a master of blending humor and pathos—and wide-ranging outdoor enthusiasms—into a poignant and potent stew.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Knife Laws of the Fifty States: A Guide for the Law-Abiding Traveler

David Wong (Author)

Written for anyone who carries a knife, including travelers, hunters, fishermen, and those who carry pocket knives, Knife Laws of the Fifty States -- A Guide for the Law-Abiding Traveler covers the knife laws of all fifty states and the District of Columbia, and discusses the legal status of open carry, concealed carry, and off-limits locations for knife carry for a wide variety of knives, from folding pocket knives to fixed blades (including dirks, daggers, and stilettos) to automatics and balisongs. Both excerpts of relevant statutes and capsule summaries of knife-related case law are included for each state. In addition, the book covers municipal knife ordinances and regulations, which tend to be more restrictive than state law, for most major cities, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Denver, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Atlanta and many others.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Call of the Wild, White Fang & To Build a Fire (Modern Library Classics)

Jack London (Author)

"To this day Jack London is the most widely read American writer in the world," E. L. Doctorow wrote in The New York Times Book Review. Generally considered to be London's greatest achievement, The Call of the Wild brought him international acclaim when it was published in 1903. His story of the dog Buck, who learns to survive in the bleak Yukon wilderness, is viewed by many as his symbolic autobiography. "No other popular writer of his time did any better writing than you will find in The Call of the Wild," said H. L. Mencken. "Here, indeed, are all the elements of sound fiction."

White Fang (1906), which London conceived as a "complete antithesis and companion piece to The Call of the Wild," is the tale of an abused wolf-dog tamed by exposure to civilization. Also included in this volume is "To Build a Fire," a marvelously desolate short story set in the Klondike, but containing all the elements of a classic Greek tragedy.

"The quintessential Jack London is in the on-rushing compulsive-ness of his northern stories," noted James Dickey. "Few men have more convincingly examined the connection between the creative powers of the individual writer and the unconscious drive to breed and to survive, found in the natural world. . . . London is in and committed to his creations to a degree very nearly unparalleled in the composition of fiction."

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Radical Bear Hunter

Dick Scorzafava (Author)

The black bear population has exploded, and as their numbers increase, so do hunting opportunities. Twenty-eight states now offer black bear seasons, and much of Canada boasts healthy, huntable bear populations. Radical Bear Hunter presents innovative approaches to give hunters an edge for success. Included is valuable biological information, tips for reading bear sign and determining a trophy, as well as proven strategies for baiting bears, hunting with hounds, spotting and stalking, and setting up scouting cameras. Hunters learn how to choose the right outfitter, or if they prefer, how to coordinate a do-it-yourself hunt. Scorzafava recounts his favorite bear hunts and shares some hair-raising close calls--radical experiences that will resonate with would-be adventurers.

Dick Scorzafava has spent a lifetime studying and hunting black bears. He serves as a staff writer for Bear Hunting magazine and is also the author of Radical Bowhunter (9780811733076). He lives in Westfield, Massachusetts.

The Pocket Deer Hunting Guide: Successful Hunting with a Rifle or Shotgun

Stephen D. Carpenteri (Author)

The essential information you need to prepare for and enjoy exciting and successful hunts—in a handy size! Whether it’s learning about rifles and shotguns, determining the best hunting location, or butchering your five-point buck, here is all the essential information to have a successful and fun hunting experience in a compact, portable guidebook. Complete with handy illustrations and photographs, The Pocket Deer Hunting Guide is the essential reference guidebook for any deer hunter.

Stephen D. Carpenteri was editor at Game & Fish for twenty years. He has written and edited a variety of gun books, guides, and sporting references. He lives in Dallas, Georgia.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Moose: Giants of the Northern Forest

Bill Silliker Jr. (Author)

Moose are an enduring icon of North America's vast forest wilderness. Weighing up to 1,800 pounds, the moose is the largest living member of the deer family. It ranges across Alaska, Vermont, Maine and the boreal forests of northern Canada. The moose also inhabits Scandinavia, Northern Russia and Siberia, where it known as elk.

A pictorial celebration of a majestic animal and its place in the ecosystem of the northern forest, Moose covers: - Life history - Varied habitat - Raising and defending its young - Common predators - Conservation efforts.

Also featured are 80 dramatic photographs of moose in their natural habitat, such as a mother fighting off a pack of wolves attacking her calf, and the annual rut when mature bull moose spar and fight with incredible strength and violence. In rare cases, the moose hit with such force that their antlers will spread and lock -- dooming the opponents to slow, tortuous starvation.

Throughout the book, the author includes his own personal experiences with moose, making this a wonderful, knowledgeable companion for campers, hikers and moose watchers.

The Duck Hunter's Book: Classic Waterfowl Stories

Lamar Underwood (Editor)

Anything can happen on a duck-hunting trip. A good marsh or bay is just an adventure waiting to unfold. It's part of what makes duck hunting the sport of dreams, tales, and paintings-what sustains the duck hunter's efforts to cope with the sport's considerable logistics of guns, gear, boats, and dogs. The duck hunter is part of a magnificent and ever-changing tapestry of land, water, and skies, alive with the stirrings of elemental nature.

This is a book about that tapestry. Included in this volume are some of the finest musings on duck hunting, by some of the sport's most beloved authors, including: .

"Wings and Water, Guns and Dogs" by Ed Zern . "This Mania Called Duck Hunting" by Ted Trueblood . "Portrait of a Sweet-Water Marsh" by Robert Elman . "Duck Blinds" by Charles F. Waterman . "What is a Duck Hunter?" by Charley Dickey . "North Again" by John Madson . "Have Ducks the Power of Scent?" by Ray P. Holland . "Canada and the Provinces" by Raymond R. Camp . "Ice, Ducks, and Good Strong Rye" by Martin Bovey . "The Susquehanna Flats" by Norris E. Pratt . "And Keep Your Powder Dry" by Colin Willcock . "Skyful of Bright Wings" by Russell Annabel . "Bait: The Use of Corn" by Harry M. Walsh . "Duck Talk" by Jim Rikhoff . and dozens of others

It's great reading, and it might improve your duck-hunting skills, too.