Outdoors in Maine: A Bunch of Outdoor Books to Read

Like lawn dandelions in spring, new outdoor books are popping up everywhere. Here is a summary of the books and a mini-review of each for your reading. More detailed purchasing information for these books is available at www.sportingjournal.com. Click Outdoor Books.

V. Paul Reynolds, outdoor columnist

“More Than Wolverine” by Jeremiah Wood. Wood is a trapper, biologist and outdoor book collector who writes a monthly column for the Northwoods Sporting Journal. He followed a lifelong dream and spent a few weeks working on a trapline in the Alaskan bush. This is a detailed and engaging chronicle of Wood’s outdoor adventure. This is an honest, personal story written with an appreciation and admiration for those hardy Alaskans who trapped and led what has become a dying way of life.

“Let’s Take a Ride” by William Livezey and Daren Worcester. It’s something captivating. Retired undercover game warden Bill Livezey takes you behind the scenes and into the culture of some really bad hombres. Livezey spent 20 years as a secret investigator infiltrating major poaching rings throughout Maine. Livezey has seen it all – night hunting, drug dealing, high speed chases, arson and attempted murder. Eventually bankrupted by a newspaper article in the Portland Press Herald, Livezey tells his side of the story for the first time.

“On the Wrong Side of the River” by Carroll Ware, legendary Maine guide and well-known outfitter, recounts the people, places and stories that filled his professional life. Like most Maine career guides, Ware knows how to tell a story. His book is brimming with charm, humor and a well-deserved understanding of people and what motivates them. Anyone who hunts and fishes will identify with the outdoor life and passions of this Maine man.

“River Flowers” by Robert Romano Jr. This book is a collection of tall tales, fictional short stories set in the Rangeley Lakes region of western Maine. Romano has few peers when it comes to his knowledge and passionate appreciation of the history and rich heritage of this region. The most memorable chapter is about a cocky, cocky movie star who gets his unusual reward from a grizzled old guide from Maine. A moving and inspiring book.

“Favorite Flies for Maine” by Bob Mallard. Like all of Mallard’s books, this is a wardrobe, lovely coffee table book of exceptional color photography and fine writing. Each of the Maine flies is featured, not only with great photos, but with the tying recipe and historical background for each. The mallard duck is an accomplished trout angler, so it’s interesting to get his opinion on the effectiveness of these popular Maine flies. To my surprise, a former replacement, the Mickey Finn, gets the headliner. Mallard writes, “…it is perhaps the most effective streamer for brook trout ever invented.”

Again, detailed purchase information is available at www.sportingjournal.com. Click Outdoor Books.

V. Paul Reynolds is editor of the Northwoods Sporting Journal, author, guide to Maine, and host of a weekly radio show, “Maine Outdoors,” heard at 7 p.m. Sundays on The Voice of Maine News-Talk Network. Contact him at [email protected]

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