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November 22, 2014

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Columnist Paula Del Giudice: Books make fine yule gifts for outdoormen

CHRISTMAS IS just around the corner so I know you're thinking about presents for the outdoorsman. Books make particularly good presents or stocking stuffers. Most outdoorsmen are sticking closer to home during the winter months and have more time to read.

One of my favorites is "Get the Net" by Jack Ohman, the author of the best-selling "Fear of Fly Fishing" and editorial cartoonist for The Oregonian newspaper. Published by Willow Creek Press, "Get the Net" is a funny book about fly fishing that anglers should appreciate.

My favorite book from the same publisher is "Just Retrievers" by Chuck Petrie. It follows in the success of "Just Labs" and "Just Goldens." "Just Retrievers" is a heartfelt salute to those endearing, yet sometimes perplexing, fetch dogs. The photos of the puppies will steal your heart.

Bass fishermen will appreciate "The Quest for the World Record Bass" by Bart Crabb. There is some useful information in the book, including a listing of the states where Florida strain largemouth bass are located. There are lists of record fish from each of those states and fishing regulation information.

"Wilderness First Aid" would be a great stocking stuffer and just might save a life. This pocket guide from Falcon Press written by Gilbert Preston, M.D., discusses everything from CPR to the Heimlich Maneuver. It would be handy to read this book before heading into the back country, then stashing it in your backpack for a quick refreshers if an emergency arises.

For deer hunters who were successful, "The Complete Venison Cookbook" by Harold W. Webster Jr. and Quail Ridge Press presents over 700 recipes for making all kinds of steaks, chops, roasts, ribs, chilis, stews and stroganoffs.

For those looking for adventure, try "Trekking in Bolivia" from The Mountaineer Books. This guide offers how-to-do it advice for one of South America's premier hiking destinations, including where to buy gear and hire services.

Also from The Mountaineers Books are "Everyday Wisdom -- 1001 Expert Tips for Hikers" and "Making Camp: A Complete Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers, Paddlers, and Skiers."

Backpacker Magazine and the publisher have joined forces to produce a series of books dedicated to making backcountry experiences enjoyable and successful. Everyday Wisdom provides tips for making do in the backcountry from experts.

Making Camp offers basic camping wisdom plus some advanced techniques for all kinds of travel through the backcountry.

They are great paperbacks at a good price of $16.95.

Deer meeting

The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners will hold a teleconference meeting Thursday at noon to discuss the proposed five-year deer management plan.

Nevada Division of Wildlife offices in Elko, Las Vegas and Reno will be sites for the public meeting. NDOW's Las Vegas office is located at 4747 W. Vegas Drive.

Several management alternatives will be discussed. Recommendations from the commission will be sent to the public and county wildlife advisory boards for review and comment.

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