The Elk of North America (by Olaus J. Murie)

    This is an outstanding treatise on one of America’s most important big-game animals.

    Although thousands of sportsmen take to the field each year in quest of trophies, the perpetuation of elk hunting in America depends entirely upon proper management of the herds. Whether management succeeds or fails in the future will depend upon how well the public understands the problems of the game administrators and of the animals themselves.

    A wealth of information for the naturalist or the sportsman is to be found in this volume. Habits, feed preferences, seasonal movements, anatomy, antler development, and management problems are interestingly and thoroughly discussed. Written by one of America’s greatest field naturalists, this book has behind it a lifetime spent in intimate study of the subject.

    Dr. Murie was recognized as the world’s foremost authority on the American elk and his comprehensive research on elk in the Jackson Hole country of Wyoming forms the basis for this book. Everyone interested in America’s wildlife will want this volume in his library. The book is copiously illustrated wit photographs and original line drawings by the author himself.

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      The Elk Killings (by Rick Mansfield)

      On the morning of December 29, 2015; hunters discovered the carcass of a magnificent bull elk that had been killed in a national park near the Current River in the rural Ozarks. The crime was made even more heinous by the removal of the majestic antlers by chainsaw. Rick Mansfield, whose pictures were used to break the story, weaves a gripping tale of fiction around this gruesome act. The dangers as well as the rewards of the elk repatriation project are explored, amidst a series of seemingly connected crimes–the next more puzzling than the last. Join Christian outdoorsmen and farmer Park Ranger Mark Williams and lawyer/accountant and volunteer conservationist Rachel Hunt as they work together to unravel the web of degradation and murder that has invaded their normally serene community. A wonderful read just for pure enjoyment, this book serves as well as a wonderful platform for the discussion of the principles of fair chase as well as that of familial responsibility. This book should be in the homes of all who are involved in raising the next generation of men and women challenged with the stewardship of our great outdoors.

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        Kids, Crafts & Christ (by Rick Mansfield)

        Begin reading and you will enter a world of fellowship and fun, where familial relationships and responsibilities are paramount. A world where work was seen as a blessing and playtime a gift, one to be shared with others. Classmates in one-room schools, cousins and siblings at each others’ homes, as well as parents and grandparents, uncles and aunts. A world where concepts of sportsmanship and honor were learned early and cherished for life. Where God’s presence was always felt, His wisdom and love both sought and relied on.

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          A Riverman’s Legacy & Other Ozark Tales (by Rick Mansfield)

          In the Ozark Plateau, tales have circulated the hills for centuries that celebrate the wonder of the Ozark’s natural beauty and the passions of its people. In his collection of short stories—both real and imagined—Rick Mansfield captures the traditions of the unique folk who have lived, worked, and loved near the steep valley walls, spring-fed streams, and the Current River for hundreds of years.

          Mansfield provides an enthralling tour through history while sharing a glimpse into the heart of the Ozark people. When her husband, Paul, brings home wood from a downed tree, his wife, Jenny, eventually creates a beautiful table where both joys and sorrows of life are celebrated. Art’s unconditional love for his son is chronicled while an old Ozark hunting tradition is revealed. After searching the whole world for answers, Frank Brown finds solace and salvation in a moonlit stream. Sally, who is finally ready to reenter social life after overcoming a personal tragedy, discovers the power of a discarded piece of ribbon. A father’s love for his daughter is evident as a prayer request is made and answered in a graveyard.

          A Riverman’s Legacy & Other Ozark Tales shares a collection of entertaining short stories that capture the essence of the Ozark culture, the beauty of a surrounding land, and the passions of its people.

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            Ozark Sayings, Doings, and Just Plain Ol’ Ponderings (by Rick Mansfield)

            Ozark Sayings, Doings, and Just Plain Ol’ Ponderings is a delightful collection of phrases and events that have made the Ozark Plateau and the people that inhabit it such a delight to visit for generations. Long before Branson became the Midwest center of entertainment, these hill folk were both acknowledging and honoring life with colorful expressions and meaningful sayings. Everyday “doings” that originally helped too assure their survival became customs of celebration; challenges of survival lent themselves to mental and philosophical “ponderings.” I’ll Be Taking Your Shoes empowers us to deal with the tragedy of friends as individuals; as Four Dollar Pies reminds us of when neighborhoods and communities came together to do the same. Bring A Basket and Hunter’s Share define the voluntary re-distribution of bounty. These snapshots of times not yet gone but certainly dying provide the reader with examples of the opportunity and responsibility of being a citizen of this world, and how things did really work before we invited the government so deeply into our lives. Be Something and A Good Name inspire while Expected Better reminds. Some will be introduced to the idea of courtship dating in You May Now Kiss, of true commitment in My Head, My Heart, My Hands. You will be entertained and edified, encouraged and consoled. This is a wonderful reminder of what we can become as communities and a country. A great “read to” book for all with children and grandchildren. Come on inside and begin the journey!

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