Monday, September 23, 2013

"Great Michigan Deer Tales Book 6" signals deer season

When a new book by Richard P. Smith comes out about deer hunting tales it has become a yearly reminder that hunting seasons for deer are right around the corner.
Book 6 by the Marquette, Michigan-based writer is available now, all 128 pages of it. By book 6 you might be asking yourself when will Smith run out of deer stories?
The next time I see him I'll ask him. But in the meantime he keeps drawing from years of hunting experience; not only his but others he knows or has heard about. So the stories no doubt will keep coming.
The stories in this series of books are short. You can start in the middle or the back and won't have to worry about following chapters in any particular order. This also makes it convenient to read a little, put a book mark in and lay it down to come back to later.
If you've never read a book by Smith you are in for a learning experience. In subtle ways, Smith finds ways to slip in tips about hunting. Your job is to pay attention and pick these little tidbits out for your own potential use.
Stories in this book are about huge, state record racks or large non-typicals. However, Smith says in the introduction, "For many hunters, their first deer and their first buck will be achievements that will b accomplished at the same tine. For others like me, whose first deer was a doe, the first deer and first buck are separate occasions to cherish."
My first deer was a small four-point. The next was a doe followed by a spike. Those wall hanger racks have alluded me.
I've seen them at a distance but usually in high gear, headed somewhere in a hurry. Mandatory Antler Point Restrictions (MAPR) is a subject near and dear to many deer hunters.
If MAPR has their way, spikehorns and forkhorns will be illegal to take over the next several years.
Why? Smith opines that many of these  hunters have taken spikes and forks over the years and have come to the conclusion they don't want to take anymore. Whats more, they don't want anyone else from taking them either.
"This isn't necessary. Every hunter that wants to practice voluntary APR without impacting anyone else (can do so)."
Get a copy of Book 6 Great Michigan Deer Tales and read more about this controversial issue along with stories and photos of some unusual bucks.

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