Books

 The hunting section at the Grant County Library features a variety of topics.

If you are like me, this is the time of year that you sink into a dark funk. Pretty much all the hunting seasons are over except for the odd cow elk and bird hunting. Weather is crummy and days are short. Now is the perfect time to go on an African safari or head to India for a tiger hunt, not literally of course. Most of us will never be able to afford Africa — and I don’t care how much money you have, you are never going to get to hunt a tiger — but the pages of a good book can take you anywhere. If you haven’t already discovered the hunting section at the Grant County Library, you need to check it out.

They have “how to hunt” books for deer, elk, Cape buffalo, sheep, birds and other furry and feathered game. You literary giants can hunt the green hills of Africa with old Ernie Hemingway. Although, personally, I can’t stand the guy — chronic case of Little Man’s Syndrome in my opinion.

Fred Webb was a world-renowned outfitter of the Arctic. Join him on some really hairy adventures, including having to be choppered off a quickly disappearing iceberg. The library also has several of Jim Corbett’s books. He lived in India and had the job of hunting down many a man-eating tiger and leopard. Some of his hunts lasted for months in order to bring down the killers.

Dream of Africa? You should really check out J.A. Hunter and Bunny Allen. Hunter was an ivory hunter early in the 20th century. Bunny was a professional hunter, guiding hunters all over the continent. If you want to be completely stunned, you need to read “Born to Hunt” by Gary Ingersoll. That dude has hunted just about everything this world has to offer. You should at least flip to the pictures of his trophy room. That alone is worth the trip to the library.

After you have exhausted the supply, talk to the nice librarians there, and they can help you get more from the interlibrary loan. If paper books are not your entertainment medium, have no fear. Many of the great outdoor writers now have books you can download and listen to. Amazon or Safaripress.com are good places to start looking. Still not your thing? If you have Amazon Prime, they have many great hunting videos, including Eastmans, who I think make the best Western hunting videos out there. And, last of all, don’t forget Youtube. Years of hunting, shooting and archery entertainment are at your fingertips.

Whichever avenue you choose, you can still experience the thrill of the hunt while we all count the days until we can head back out hunting ourselves.

We welcome your thoughts and ideas at shootingthebreezebme@gmail.com.

Rod Carpenter is a husband, father and hunting fool.

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