Come the Yuletide season my family regularly complains, and with considerable justification, that I am “impossible” when it comes to gifts.
The complaint is likely true of most avid outdoorsmen. They know what they like and want, but rather than trusting others to get it, they purchases the item themselves. Anyone trying to choose a pricey gift for a sportsman – a deer rifle or a fine fishing rod for example – is venturing into uncertain territory with the word, “exchange” in the future.
There are some notable exceptions. First and foremost, Books continue to be an ideal gift for any sportsman. They know no season and can give pleasure repeatedly as the recipient returns to their pages time and again over the years.
, John P. Faris, Jr., from Spartanburg has published “Ten Was The deal: Southern Hunting and Fishing Stories.”
The work is a memoir revolving around the kind of life many of us have known under the fond tutelage of a parent and mentor. Warm and winsome, Fari’s book is reminiscent of Robert Ruark’s timeless tales in “The Old Man and the Boy.”
While no one can match Ruark, Faris weaves a tale in a most fetching way. The book is available in both paperbound for $19.99 and hardbound for $27.99. It is available through bookstore and Internet outlets, but I would recommend getting it directly from the author so you can have a signed copy ( www.OutdoorStories.com).
Two other books would be dandy for sportsmen who have lost portions of their souls to America’s greatest game bird, the wild turkey.
Otha Barham is a longtime outdoor writer who has gathered decades of experiences in dealing with gobblers into a collection of stories titled “Spring Beckonings: Gobblers Call and We Must Go.” You’ll find upwards of three dozen tales sure to take your mind to the greening-up woods of spring and the glorious rites they offer us. The book is available in hardbound and paperback and can be obtained through the author, who will gladly sign copies, by calling 601-482-4440 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bobby Dale is an emergency room physician who also somehow finds time to do some mighty fine writing. His newest book, “Bearded Rednecks: Showin’ Their Tails and Struttin’ Their Stuff,” offers two dozen pieces which will, at various points, bring a tear to your eye and a chuckle to your tummy. It’s grand stuff and a worthy sequel to two earlier books on turkey hunting he has written, “Double Gobble” and “Turkey Roost Tales.” Harback copies are $23 and can be ordered at www.dgbooksales.com.
“Passion of the Wild: Inspirational Outdoors Stories” by Michael Giles, deer hunting looms large, but there is fishing, other types of hunting, and throughout a spiritual theme reflecting the author’s deep faith. Copies of the book, which is a nicely illustrated paperback, are available at www.passionofthewild.com or by calling 601-917-3898.
Wild game and fish cookbooks are almost always welcome – and sometimes they serve the spouses of hunters quite nicely when it comes to stocking stuffers. Such books have been a particular focus of a portion of my personal literary efforts, and three which I did with my wife, “The Complete Venison Cookbook,” “Wild Fare and Wise Words,” and “The Remington Cookbook,” are all available at www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com.
If something other than a book strikes your fancy, there are options aplenty for gifts. How about a pair of hunting gloves? Or consider that sportsmen never have enough good, comfortable socks. Another possibility is a box – or if you want to go all out, a case – of ammunition. Of course you can always go the gift card round, and both locally owned outfitter stores and the big box national ones will gladly assist you.
Finally, feel free to contact me as a potential “Santa’s helper” ( email@example.com). I’ll be glad to share whatever I knowledge I have when it comes to a suitable gift for the hunter or fisherman in your life.