Thread Title: "Christmas gift books....even for yourself"
I bought Teddy Roosevelt's Hunting Trips of a Ranchman and the Wilderness Hunter to read in the cabin during my illfated moose hunt in Canada. (No moose)
In it he writes of some books he believes are "must haves" for reading in the dead of winter, including "The Still Hunter" by Theodore Van Dyke. I got a soft cover reprint from Amazon. It lists 1842 as the year he finished it.
I strongly recommend it either to new hunters or to us old hunters who may have forgotten a thing or two.
This morning after sitting on my stand for three hours withous seeing a thing I helped another hunter pull two does in and took him over to his truck. I then went to another part of the farm and decided to try to follow Van Dyke's sage advice. I had the newly repaired/cleaned Remington 141 .35 with me. I walked through heave woods with decent visibility due to the snow on the ground. It was crunchy, something Van Dyke says is the worst ground to try to cover, but rather than watch out fifty to one hundred yards I was scanning at two hundred.
Sure enough, I saw the body of the deer hidden in thick cover out about 160 yards and I froze. Now I lost sight of it but the sun was behind me and Van Dyke said they will bask in the sun if they can feel safe doing so. So I stood motionless for almost twenty minutes figuring the deer had to be getting closer or farther away and if closer I was going to be ready. Wind was blowing from my left to my right as I face the deer so I was not concerned about being winded.
Sure enough, just like old Van Dyke wrote, that deer will suddenly be a whole lot closer, likely as not under these circumstances. It appeared still heading almost directly towards me and when it broused behind a tree I brought the old Remington up...open sights, about 60 yards....I shot and the deer give absolutely no indication of having been hit. It lurched into a gazelle gait running within twenty feet of me and on past me. I walked over to where my closest line would intercept her exit route and sure enough...double lung blood
all over the snow. I ate a candy bar and found her within 150 feet of where I had shot her...she folded up as soon as shot got into thicker cover.
Lots to learn from Mr.Van Dyke, even though he wrote it one hundred and sixty three years ago..if my math is right..
Argentine- the nice thing about good gun books is that you don't have to enter them in your bound volume, you can loan them to a friend and not get them back rusty with a bulged barrel, and they rarely need boresighting. The book may be old, but they are still making the same model deer. If you are looking for some just-fer-fun reading, anything by Patrick McManus. To make you scratch your head, get a copy of Firearms Curiosa by Winant. It's out of print, but now and again you can pick up a used copy on Amazon. More strange guns between two covers than you have ever seen.
I am so confident if you buy this book that you will enjoy it that I will
give you $5 for your already read copy if you don't like it. That is for the first 10 people only. I will give the copies I buy to other hunters I know. that means you can read the book for six bucks and postage..
Idea for hungting book readers - Join SCI $55.00 - They will send you the Safari Press or you can visit Safaripress.com they have almost any hunting book you would dream for sale and if your on a budjet like most of us you can go to the used book, most likely online to find the book for cheap. Some on these used book stores have ten's hundred's of thousands of books and aren't really into hunting so when they do get a valueable book they don't no what the hell its worth and sell it cheap.
Have any of you fellas read Unintended Consequentses?its a really good one, all about the gun culture,and ATF abuses of law abiding citizens ,it will take a few nights to get through it it,s a couple thousand pages,I,ve read it three times ,its that good,I highly recomend it.I cannot remember the writer,but all his facts are true,its a kind of almost true, very belivable,fiction,I know most gun nuts will love it,Idid stude 51
Stude51 - Your a Jewel. I did read Unintendted Consequences when I was at my Irish friend from Londons summer cottage for 35 days 4/and 5/05, close to Kenmare Ireland, There's a lot of talk of the leach the big dog has on its citizens in the European Union; the damb leach getting pretty tight here. I not ready to become a whinning cowering over regulated puppy like the whole 40 country European Union including, Irish, and British, let's not forget our socialist neighbors to the North Canada in this discusion on over-regulation.
Stude51: A while back my wife asked me what a colt monitor was and i retorted "what are you reading." "Unintended consequenses" She said. "I couldn`t have it until she was done reading." She kept asking more questions as she proceded through the book. By the time she was done she had really perked my curiosity. Good read. I will highly recommend. axolotl
axolotl,a while back at a gun show near here there was a monitor.As I stood looking at it the old timer says you know what that is,I said yeah,with a smirk,its a civilian B.A.R. made by colt,More commonly known as a monitor,the old feelas jaw dropped,he said in the 3 or 4 years he had been showing that gun I was the first to know it was a monitor not a BAR.I,d of never known if it hadn,t been for that book!The book has disapeared from the house,I don,t know if I loaned it or what,I will buy the next copy I see,theres a couple people I,d like to have read it stude51
One of the sad consequences of ending the draft is that prior to 9/11 less than 6% of the nation had any military experience. As most of you know from your knowledge of gun history in America, it has been wars that have provided us with new crops of young veterans with a new found interest in guns...this was on the wane until Iraqi Freedom. We will now have a new batch of kids that had no prior experience with firearms who will come home and want to shoot, maybe hunt. But the dwindling number of youth programs involving hunting and guns will continue to draw down our numbers. And that is the reason countries like Canada, the UK, Australia and the EC countries continue to give up their gun rights...there are so damned few that care about them.