Book sug­ges­tions for out­door en­thu­si­asts

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page - Leo Maloney

Check out these book rec­om­men­da­tions to please any out­doors­man or woman.

A great Christ­mas gift for the out­doors­men or any­one on your list is a book. They help pass the long win­ter evenings and are great to re-read at any time. Even if you are a snow­bird, these books make read­ing on the beach more en­joy­able. Here are some by lo­cal au­thors that I re­com- mend.

Bob Elin­skas has writ­ten many books on wild Adiron­dack ad­ven­tures, with the fo­cus on deer hun­ters or sports­men or hun­ters of by-gone days. His books are well il­lus­trated with pho­to­graphs and fea­tures some well-known hun­ters and trap­per’s tales and bi­ogra­phies. These are not ‘how to books’, but make very in­ter­est­ing read­ing for any­one who loves tales of Adiron­dack hunt­ing, trap­ping, and sports­men’s camps.

Pro­lific lo­cal au­thor Wil­liam J. (Jay) O’Hern has pro­duced a va­ri­ety of books about the Adiron­dacks and the peo­ple who live there. His spe­cial in­ter­est is the so­cial his­tory with a fo­cus on the peo­ple who lived there rang­ing from the famed her­mit, Noah John Ron­deau to count­less other or­di­nary peo­ple who shaped the his­tory. One of his lat­est is an in depth look at Adiron­dack log­ging and the lives of log­gers in the early 20th cen­tury. Books by Jay O’Hern are avail­able at www.ad­kwilds.com, at lo­cal book­stores, and at North Coun­try Books, Inc. 1-800-3427409.

Todd Mead is both a skilled Adiron­dack deer hunter and a skilled writer. His books such as “Back Coun­try Bucks” and “A Life­time of Big Woods Hunt­ing Mem­o­ries” are ex­cel­lent com­bi­na­tions of ad­ven­ture, hunt­ing tips, and ob­ser­va­tions on the aes­thet­ics or ex­pe­ri­ence of chal­leng­ing the Adiron­dacks in hunt­ing sea­son. His new­est one is sched­uled to be avail­able be­fore Christ­mas. Check www.tod­dmead.com.

Spi­der Ry­baak is a lo­cal writer and ex­pert an­gler who has au­thored many guide­books that give an­glers the in­for­ma­tion on where and how to fish the many wa­ters of New York State. His lat­est book, Fish­ing the Salmon River, gives ad­vice on where and how to fish the hotspots, along with other es-

sen­tial ad­vice. His ear­lier books in­clude “Fish­ing Oneida Lake”, “Fish­ing the Great Lakes”, and “Fish­ing the Adiron­dacks.” They are avail­able at lo­cal book out­lets or www.bur­ford­books.com.

“Trout Streams of Western New York” by J. Michael Kelly. Mike Kelly is the for­mer out­door ed­i­tor for the Syra­cuse Post Stan- dard and award-win­ning au­thor. If you are look­ing for some new trout wa­ters to ex­plore and en­joy, his books should go along with your trout tackle. The books give spe­cific streams, sea­sonal tac­tics and tips, best meth­ods to use, and spe­cific hotspots. His books, in­clud­ing Fish­ing the Fin­ger Lakes and Trout Streams of Cen­tral New York are first-hand in­for­ma­tion spiced with anec­dotes gained from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence. The books are avail­able at lo­cal book­stores, tackle shops, or from the pub­lisher at www. bur­ford­books.com.

“Bush­whack­ing Your Way To Great Land­scape Pho­tog­ra­phy” by Spencer Morrissey. As an Adiron­dack guide and hiker he of­ten takes the sel­dom-used route by bush­whack­ing.In his new book Morrissey fo­cuses on teach­ing the reader to ex­plore hid­den as­pects of the land­scape by get­ting off the beaten path. He ex­plains how to make the most of the light­ing and sea­sonal con­di­tions for more ex­cit­ing im- ages. The book helps the reader learn to iden­tify un­ex­pected im­ages and bold com­po­si­tions.It is avail­able on Ama­zon or by con­tact­ing the pub­lisher at www.Amher­stMe­dia.com.

“Adiron­dack Deer Track­ers” by DiNitto, Grabowski, Mas­sett, and Wil­liams is not a book that de­tails or ex­plains how-to tech­niques, although the reader will pick up tips and in­for­ma­tion. It is a col­lec­tion of tales of ad­ven­tures by in­di­vid­u­als who take the ul­ti­mate chal­lenge in deer hunt­ing. They en­ter­tain the reader and give an idea of the chal­lenge, the hard work, the ex­cite­ment, or even the dis­ap­point­ment of the hunt.

The book is def­i­nitely for any­one who loves deer hunt­ing, can re­late to the big woods, and en­joys the ex­pe­ri­ence. See the web­site www.ad­k­track­ers.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

“Wild Im­ages of the Adiron­dacks” by Eric Dresser is a book that be­longs on your cof­fee ta­ble or con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion where you can look at it and en­joy it fre­quently. The im­ages of the wildlife in their nat­u­ral set­tings are stun­ning. Visit his web­site at www.NBNP. com. It is avail­able at many book­stores or from North Coun­try Books.

Mark Bowie’s pho­tog­ra­phy books “Adiron­dacks, a Cel­e­bra­tion of the Sea­sons”, and “Adiron­dack Wa­ters” (www.north­coun­try­books. com) have stun­ning pho­tog­ra­phy and give in­spi­ra­tion and ad­vice on see­ing fa­mil­iar scenes in a dif­fer­ent light.

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