LEGAL HANDBOOK FOR FREELANCERS
By Bill Powell, OWAA Legal Counsel. Outdoor Writers Association of America, 121 Hickory St., Suite 1, Missoula, MT, 406-728-7434, www.shop.owaa.org, 64 pp., $15 OWAA members, $18 non-members.
This brand-new OWAA publication titled Legal Handbook for Freelancers is authored by OWAA Legal Counsel Bill Powell. Learn about copyright basics, how to structure your business as a freelancer, defamation, privacy rights, protections for electronic communications, contracts and how to use litigation to resolve freelancer-publisher business disputes. If you’re an outdoors communicator, this reference book is a must-have publication.
REMOTE LOCATIONS: INSIDE OUTDOOR TV
By Chris Dorsey, Orion Multimedia, 10397 West Centennial Road, Littleton, CO 80127, www.orionmultimedia.com, hardcover, 117 pp., $39.
The maker of 30 outdoors series (26 of which are still in production today) offers an insider’s look at the rise of televised hunting and fishing and describes the day-to-day reality of the people who make these shows possible. Dorsey also offers his thoughts on where the industry is heading and how best to catch the boat.
RECORDS OF NORTH AMERICAN MULE DEER AND RECORDS OF NORTH AMERICAN ELK
By Boone and Crockett Club, 250 Station Road, Missoula MT 59801, www.booneandcrockettclub.com/store/, softcover 490 pp. and 298 pp., $24.95 each or $44.95 for both. Boone and Crockett Club members receive a discount.
The last time the Boone and Crockett Club printed a record book for mule deer and elk was 13 years ago. Of course, much has changed since then, enough to warrant two volumes for these species instead of one. Twenty-nine state and provincial records have been set in the mule deer, Columbia blacktail and sitka blacktail categories since 1996’s record book came out. Thirty-three new state and provincial records have been set in the American elk, Roosevelt’s elk and tule elk categories since 1996. Both books include all-time and award-class listings from the late 1800s through January 2009, along with geographic analyses of kill locations, maps, photos and tables. Informative chapters from top outdoor writers and two OWAA supporting organizations, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Mule Deer Foundation, round out the books.
SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST: POEMS ABOUT CAMPING AND HIKING
By Steve Kissing, Big Table Publishing, 289 Elliot Street, Newton Upper Falls, MA 02459, www.BigTablePublishing.com, softcover, 29 pp., $10.
Kissing’s honest reflections on time spent in the outdoors (both alone and with family in tow) are amusing and clear as a night sky. This compact book of poems and prose is perfectly suited for backpacking and car camping, picnics and s’mores.
NECHES RIVER USER GUIDE
By Gina Donovan, Stephen D. Lange and Adrian F. Van Dellen, Texas A&M University Press, John H. Lindsey Building, Lewis St., 4354 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4354, www.tamu.edu/upress, softcover, 96 pp., $17.95.
This comprehensive guide book includes 40 color maps, 77 photos (72 in color) and 18 tables for outdoor enthusiasts eager to experience nearly 360 miles of Texas’ Neches River first-hand. Campers, paddlers, birders, hikers and hunters will find informative and practical information to direct them during their excursion. Each map details information about public access points, potential hazards, camping facilities, and GPS coordinates for points of interest. Brief descriptions of the area’s history and archaeology along with a final note on past and present conservation efforts are also included.
MEDICINE FOR THE OUTDOORS: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO FIRST AID AND MEDICAL EMERGENCIES, FIFTH ED.
By Paul S. Auerback, M.D., Mosby Elsevier, 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Ste 1800, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2899, www.us.elsevierhealth.com, softcover, 552 pp., 24.95.
Just about any medical emergency you might encounter in the woods (or the ocean, or the desert, or high altitude mountains) is covered in this book. An assortment of illustrations and tables make this practical manual easy to use. Auerbach, a founder and past president of the Wilderness Medicine Society, covers everything from common injuries (dislocated shoulders, frostbite, minor abrasions) to more exotic medical situations (snow blindness, childbirth, and all manners of mushroom poisonings).
JACQUES COUSTEAU: THE SEA KING
By Brad Matsen, Pantheon Books, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10010, www.randomhouse.com, hardcover, 296 pp., $26.95.
Matsen dives into the professional and personal life of one of the world’s greatest explorers, a man who changed the way we think about and treat the world undersea. The help of Cousteau’s collaborators, friends and colleagues make this intimate portrait possible. Matsen writes about Cousteau’s experience working for the French resistance during World War II, how he risked his life to develop and test the regulator that made scuba diving possible, and Cousteau’s keen eye for business, matched only by his relentless devotion to conservation. ◊