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The Adventures of Bubba Jones: Time Traveling Through the Great Smoky Mountains

By Jeff Alt, illustrated by Hannah Tuohy
Beaufort Books;; paperback; 177 pp.; 18 illustrations and maps; $9.99.
“The Adventures of Bubba Jones” is a new series taking youth on an educational, time-traveling adventure through America’s beloved National Parks. The first book explores the Great Smoky Mountains. The stories are designed to engage kids with wild animals, history, science and the environment. Bubba Jones and Hug-a-Bug travel back in time and meet the park’s founders, its earliest settlers, native Cherokee Indians, wild animals, extinct creatures and learn what the park was like millions of years ago.

The Wild Inside

By Christine Carbo
Atria books; paperback and e-book; 404 pp.; $16 or $11.99 for e-book
“The Wild Inside,” a hunting crime novel set in Glacier National Park, is about a man who finds himself at odds with the dark heart of the wild and the even darker heart of human nature. It was a clear night when a grizzly bear attacked and killed 14-year-old Ted’s father. Twenty years later as an agent for the Department of the Interior, Ted is called back to investigate a crime that mirrors the horror of that night, except this time the victim was tied to a tree before the mauling.

Trout in the Desert: On Fly Fishing, Human Habits, and the Cold Waters of the Arid Southwest

By Matthew Dickerson
Linocut Illustrations by Barbara Whitehead; Wing Press,,; hardback and e-book; 96 pp.; $16.95.
“Trout in the Desert” begins with a childhood memory of a nameless, pristine trout stream, “small enough to straddle,” in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of New Mexico. Thirty years later, he leads us on a tour of the desert Southwest, fishing the San Juan River, the Colorado River (at the head of the Grand Canyon), the Gila River, and finally, the Frio and Guadalupe Rivers in the hill country of Texas. But more than just telling stories of discovering cold-water trout in unlikely (and often blisteringly hot) places, Dickerson examines the history of trout in these waters and the health of their delicate ecosystems.

Absolutely Positively Gundog Training

By Robert Milner

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; softcover and e-book; 135 pp.; $12.
Robert Milner has taken the latest scientific research on how dogs learn and combined it with his own vast experience and common sense training methods. The result is an approach that is as effective as it is easy. For the hunter who wants a calm, steady and obedient retriever, there’s no better training method. Whether you want your dog to be a gundog, a water dog, a shed dog, an upland dog, a deer tracker or a fishing companion, this book charts the course. You can also get a companion video on for $4.

Fishing Northern Canada for Lake Trout, Grayling and Arctic Char

By Ross H. Shickler and Duane S. Radford
North Country Press; soft cover and e-book; 233 pp.; $22
Featuring engaging — and sometimes play-by-play thrilling — articles from leading American and Canadian authors that highlight their firsthand experiences, “Fishing Northern Canada for Lake Trout, Grayling and Arctic Char” belongs in the library of every angler. A veritable treasure trove of tips and information, the book not only explores the title fish, but also northern pike, brook trout and Atlantic salmon. With stories about many top streams and fishing lodges in northern Canada, as well as some do-it-yourself adventures in the North Country, it is a must-read for any keen fisherman.

Bears in the Backyard: Big animals, sprawling suburbs and the new urban jungle

By Edward R. Ricciuti
The Countryman Press; paperback; 248 pp., $14.95.
Coyotes in New York City. Bears in suburban New Jersey. Cougars in metropolitan Chicago. Mountain lions in Los Angeles and panthers in Miami. Where are all these wild animals coming from, and what can we do about it? Science journalist Edward Ricciuti has spent years studying wildlife encounters and in “Bears in the Backyard,” he provides a complete guide to this increasingly common phenomenon including why large animals are more commonly found in our suburbs and cities in recent years; how these animals can impact us, for better and for worse; and what local governments and communities can do about it.♦

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