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One Man, One Rifle, One Land: Hunting All Species of Big Game in North America Hardcover – April 23, 2001
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Each chapter of the book covers another subspecies of huntable game in North America including the jaguar (which the author darts). Each chapter is broken into two parts. In the first part Dr. Jones discusses the game itself, describing its ecology and history. These sections are very informative without being dry or boring. In the second section of each chapter Dr. Jones describes his own personal hunt for the animal.
I found this book impossible to stop reading. My procedure was to read a chapter each night before bed. Unfortunately, this led to some late nights for me. Sometimes I wanted to read the next chapter so bad I stayed up another 45 minutes just to get it in!
You may never hunt musk ox, or Peary's caribou, or a desert bighorn or jaguar. But this book will make you feel like you were right there with Dr. Jones as he hunts these animals.
This is not a how to book. While there are recommendations of equipment, these hunts were all guided and Dr. Jones focuses more on describing the game and hunt itself and his experiences than he does in trying to teach the reader how to hunt a particular animal.
This is superior piece of work. You will not regret buying it, even though you may lose a little sleep.
My personal hunting library has grown over the years, and now number well over 200 titles. Dr. Jones' volume deserves to be recommended reading for every big game hunter, regardless of his personal aspirations or abilities, a distinction shared by few hunting books. However, the incorporation of a modified "peer-review" process in the development of this book is essentially unprecendented in the hunting literature. By utilizing this process and the input of several experts, J.Y.'s book is becomes the most authoritive book on NA big game. More importantly, he has established a model which should be closely followed by outdoor writers everywhere. I hope this proves to be the legacy of this book.
While we don't agree on all the incidentals of religion and politics, JY is a committed Christian, intense in his beliefs and a lone hero for a tradition that is losing ground with the younger generation...Harvesting every species of North American big game with one rifle says a great deal about the author...He is a man of few words, intense energy, firm commitment and strong faith...I predict that in years to come this book will be a journey into the nostalgia of the preservation of colonial America...
I count JY among my good friends...
Rev. Stan Moody