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Today’s Deer Hunting Handbook

By Robert Amendola
Acclaim Press; soft cover; 285 pp; 140 illustrations; $19.95.
In the breast of every hunter beats the heart and never-ending desire to match their knowledge and skill against the master of the woodland, the whitetail deer. “Today’s Deer Hunting Handbook” is the first book to cover all aspects of hunting the whitetail deer from A to Z. Each chapter is packed with facts and proven techniques for the novice as well as the experienced hunter. Within its pages, you will discover how to consistently locate whitetail deer, track their feeding, bedding and traveling routes, select the best stand location and understand what it really takes to become a superior whitetail deer hunter.

Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia

By Matthew T. Dickerson and David O’Hara
Cascade Book; E-book and softcover; 146 pp; $18.
“Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia” is a mosaic combining nature writing, fly-fishing narrative, memoir, and philosophical and spiritual inquiry. Fly-fishing narratives and fragments of memoir provide the narrative arc for exploring relationships between humans and rivers, and the ways in which our attitudes and philosophies impact our practices and the waters we depend on for life. While each stone in this mosaic is worth a close look in its own right, seen from a distance the book offers a broader picture of the cold mountain waters of Appalachia and their famous native fish: the brook trout.

Mount Misery

By Angelo Peluso
Skyhorse Publishing; E-book, audio book and softcover; 227 pp.; starting at $10.49.
“The first time the creatures tasted human blood, their savagery went undetected.” Thus begins Mount Misery, a science-fiction horror tale by writer Angelo Peluso. Located on the Long Island Sound, random attacks by unknown
creatures are terrorizing local residents. Marine biologist Katie DiNardo and ichthyologist Nick Tanner have seen the damage caused by their mystery creatures but are at a complete loss as to the attacking species. All they know is that they need to get to the bottom of this . . . and fast.

Nature Guide to Yosemite National Park

By Ann and Rob Simpson
Falcon Guides, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield,; paperback; 240 pp; 284 color photographs; $16.95.
Biologists, photographers and writers, Ann and Rob Simpson have added another book to their unique series of nature guides for the national parks. “Nature Guide to Yosemite National Park” is filled with user-friendly descriptions, quick identification aids and color pictures of over 200 of the most commonly seen plants, animals, birds, insects and other organisms. Small enough to toss in a backpack, the book is packed with information to help Yosemite’s 4 million visitors learn about, and enjoy, their outdoor experience, including suggested nature hikes and wildlife viewing areas, charts for driving times and elevations, visitor services, maps and photo tips. ♦

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