I probably overwhelmed Kristina Wheelock when she asked for book recommendations. I’ve got bookshelves full of books about hunting, fishing, birding, wildlife, and the great outdoors. Some are very old, some just published, and lots in between.
Kirstina is assistant librarian at Gardiner High School, and emailed me, “I am always on the lookout for hunting/outdoor books about Maine and beyond. Our students love this hunting/outdoor genre.”
That last sentence was good news indeed, so I plowed through my many books to give her the following recommendations.
Of course, I started with my own book, Maine Sporting Camps, published by Islandport Press last year. It includes a history of sporting camps in our state, and profiles 80 of them, including some wonderful stories.
Next up were two of my all-time favorites, Old Tales of the Maine Woods, and More Old Tales of the Maine Woods by Steve Pinkham.
And here’s the rest of the list.
Stoneflies and Turtleheads by Dennis Dauphinee, fly fishing adventures.
Fish Won’t Let Me Sleep by James Babb.
One Eyed Poacher and the Maine Woods, Edmund Ware Smith
Wild Brothers by Jack Aley, Maine animal tales
A Good Man With A Dog by Roger Guay, game warden stories
Nature I Loved by Bill Geaghan
A Year in the Maine Woods by Bernd Heinrich
Dances with Trout by John Gierach
Me and Joe by Walt Protera, hunting adventures
The Insightful Sportsman by Ted Williams
They Shoot Canoes Don’t They? By Patrick McManus
Remembering Dud Deane by William MacDougall
Gone Fishin’ by William Tapply
Any of Lew Dietz’s books about Jeff White
I also recommended Life on Foot by my nephew, Nate Damm, a Mainer who walked across the country and wrote this book about that adventure.
Kristina said they have one of Paul Doiron’s novels featuring a Maine game warden. I recommended they get his other novels.
They also already have Ghost Buck by Dean Bennett, a fabulous book, and John Ford’s books of his game warden stories.
I stopped there, not wanting to overwhelm Kirstina!
But I did invite her to read the book reviews posted on my website, www.georgesmithmaine.com, where I focus mostly on books by and about Maine.