I hated reading growing up. Even writing a book review today revives trace feelings of anxiety left behind by high school literature projects. Teenage aversions aside, I can’t deny how much reading has helped me grow.
Back then, I would gladly procrastinate reading for a book report in order to watch a movie, master a new video game, or mindlessly stare at the wall. Today things are much different. When I sit down to be “entertained” by the TV, I can’t help remember all the things I could be reading instead. An hour spent reading a helpful book leaves me with knowledge, ideas, motivation, and inspiration. That same hour plopped in front of the TV leaves me dry eyed and holding an empty bag of Doritos.
Reading is a discipline for me. Even now that I enjoy reading, I’m still not good at it. I read slow, I repeat lines because I was distracted, and pay too close attention to the words. I’ve tried speed reading, and skimming. In the end, I think I just enjoy the slow read. I connect with the authors and remember what I’ve read well because I read slowly.
That means I have to work at reading. If I have a good book I want to read, or have something I am trying to learn, it takes discipline. I turn off the TV, fix a cup of coffee, sit still (usually outside), and plow through the words. Every now and again I’ll find a book that reads easily, connects with something in my heart, and I can read through it rather quickly.
The new book “DEERLAND” by Al Cambronne has been one of those books. It interested me so much, I had a hard time putting it down. There is a lot to learn in these pages, and Al really does his homework to put all the information together for readers. I think you’ll benefit from the book, so let me tell you a little more…
Who is Al Cambronne?
I first heard of Cambronne when I bought his book, “Gut It. Cut It. Cook It.” It is a visual guide to home-butchering. After buying two other books that left me wanting, I was fortunate to find Gut It. Cut It. Cook It. With large, high definition pictures of every step of the process, Cambronne walked me through home butchering a whitetail deer. I have cut up at least 3-4 deer at home with his book laying open on the kitchen table. Gut It. Cut It. Cook It. is a resource in the truest sense of the word. The book is a must have for anyone looking to process deer at home.
Al has a resourceful website where He writes, links, shares, and collects information that interests sportsmen. He is active on twitter, constantly sharing outdoors related articles and stories that help keep followers informed and updated.
When I heard about his new book, “DEERLAND: America’s Hunt for Ecological Balance and the Essence of Wildness” I knew I would have to explore it further.
Why should you read DEERLAND?
If you care about whitetail deer, even 1%, I think you should read this book. If you are a hunter, farmer, student, wildlife watcher, animal lover, or concerned with conservation – you should read this book.
I loved it, I know you will too, and here are a few reasons why:
1. Cambronne takes you to school.
DEERLAND is filled to the brim with facts. There are statistics about how deer impact farmers, about how hunting has impacted land values in certain pockets of the country, and what damage deer can cause when over populated. There are stories of lost money, crops, property, and opportunities. There are also examples of businesses, wealth, and lifestyle that have been afforded by rising interest in whitetail deer. If you like to know your facts – DEERLAND is a must.
2. Balanced, factual presentation.
As much as is possible, Cambronne presents the information in DEERLAND in a non-bias fashion. He doesn’t try to sell his position as much as give facts to show the good and the bad of the “Whitetail Industry” in America and the broad impact our deer have on other industries. The book speaks not only to hunters, but to wildlife watchers, ecologists, biologists, farmers, real estate agents, land managers, outfitters, business owners, consumers, and anyone who eats anything containing corn or soybeans. If you hunt, watch, enjoy, despise, love, loath or can spell “deer” – there is something in DEERLAND for you.
3. The information is USEFUL
Every section of the book seems to contain information that matters. I’ve read several books that should have been pamphlets. You can tell the author had 30 pages worth of actual content, and another 200 of fluff to get to the publisher’s quota. This is not the case with DEERLAND. The book is packed with information. I was impressed with the continual flow of useful content that actually matters to readers. Each story added to the value to the chapter, and each section was filled with quality data and information. You won’t regret turning the pages in DEERLAND.
More than ever, we are living in a time when hunters and outdoorsmen need to be informed. We are being challenged politically and socially in our culture. Land access is leaning towards the privileged. The public trust of wildlife and land is under attack and hunters need to embrace the roll of ambassador. As Al Cambronne says, “these are your deer” and if we don’t fight for them, who will?
DEERLAND will help readers speak with authority and facts when your time comes to stand up and represent. Hunters and outdoorsmen have a strong heritage in America, and books like this one help us continue that tradition. DEERLAND has earned its place on the bookshelf as a resource for outdoorsmen, I’m sure you’ll love it!
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