ISBN: 13: 978-1575101408. Softcover. Copyright June 2008. 240 pages. 31 B&W photos. Dimensions: 5.75” 8.75” x .50”
From the back cover: Join Life-Long Hunter and one-time Alaska registered big game guide Jim Rearden as he roams the Alaska wilds with rifle and shotgun in this collection of Alaska hunting yarns he has written over the past half century Many detail his hunting experiences; others tell of other hunters’ adventures. All (but one) of these stories appeared in Outdoor Life, Alaska Sportsman, Alaska Magazine, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Hunting Horizons, Successful Hunter, Fur Fish & Game, and others.
Join Rearden and his hunting partner as they climb a Kenai Peninsula mountain, bag two mountain goats and struggle down a dangerous and steep mountainside in a driving rainstorm on a black impenetrable night.
Riding a galloping skiff on the rugged Bering Sea coast as two biologists harpoon white beluga whales for science.
Hunt a secret Alaska strange valley as the author and his partner seek moose, caribou, grizzly bear, ptarmigan, and grayling.
Read about Smoky, a Labrador retriever that did everything – retrieve shot birds, catch ducklings for banding, flush birds to earn a wildlife Master’s Degree, trail wild cattle and a crippled moose, and was a beloved family pet.
These hunting adventures, and more, are included in this collection of twenty-two previously published stories written by one of Alaska’s most popular writers.
Table of Contents
Foreword – About Hunting
Introduction: Trail of a Hunter
Climbing for Goats with Oliver and Stanley
The Secret Valley
Hunting White Whales for Science
I Shoot a Prize Polar Bear
A Life Well Lived
The Brooks Range – The Way it Was
Shots in the Dark
Caribou are Like That
Bear Hunt at Spike One
Hunting Alaska’s Wild White Sheep
The Moose That Nearly Killed Me
Alaska’s Brown Bears – How Tough Are They?
Two Moose I Remember
A Horseback Hunt for Kenai Dalls
You Don’t Always Win with Wolves
Wings Over Bradley Marsh
My Strangest Big Game Stalk
Thirty Years of Moose