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Rocky Mountain high

Rocky Mountain high Rich Redman

Both of these books are written by guys who have lived the dream and still do to this moment. They write about hunting and the taking of game, but more importantly they talk about family, the beauty of nature and life and death. Both men volunteer with community programs; the fire department and the Red Cross. Givers, not takers!

Many city people think hunters are takers and only think about killing. Hunting is as natural to mankind as watching a sun set or the full moon coming up over a grassy meadow where cattle graze. I got to live the natural life these past few weeks glassing the mountains while standing on South Peak; a 12,500-foot barren peak above the tree line. I was Rocky Mountain high.

Hunting season is upon us now, so go forth and enjoy the season, stay safe and when the winter winds blow hard and the woodstove is humming out a smoky song, sit back and enjoy these two books by friends of mine. You will enjoy their adventures.

Rich Redman is a retired District Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and an avid outdoorsman. His column will appear regularly. He may be reached at rangeric@nycap.rr.com.

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