From the Press Release written by event organizer Lucy LaFaive:
Veteran Michigan outdoor writer Richard P. Smith from Marquette will be at Canterbury Books in Escanaba on Wednesday, December 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., autographing his many deer and bear hunting books and DVDs, including his latest title published this year. Book 7 of Great Michigan Deer Tales is the latest addition to his collection of books for hunters. It’s the 28th book he’s written. Like the other six books in the Deer Tales series, which will also be available at the signing, Book 7 has a new collection of short stories about some of the biggest bucks bagged by hunters in the state.
Besides chapters that cover how, where, when and by whom whitetails of state record proportions were taken, there’s a chapter about the first albino buck tagged in the state that qualified for state records, the biggest 6-pointers taken in the state and a 91-year-old hunter from the UP who bagged more than 100 deer. The new book contains short stories about bucks that reached the ripe old age of 8 ½ before finally being shot and a father, daughter team who bagged four trophy bucks between them during a memorable year.
There are stories about big bucks bagged with centerfire rifles, shotguns, handguns, muzzleloaders, compound bows and crossbows all across the state from north to south. Big bucks bagged by women are covered as well as those taken by the guys. If you are interested in shooting a big buck yourself, reading the stories of how other hunters have accomplished the feat will help make it happen.
If you don’t yet have copies of Books 3 and 4 of Great Michigan Deer Tales, you might want to consider getting them now. Those two titles contain in depth information about a huge 12-point buck that Mitch Rompola from Traverse City claimed with bow and arrow in Grand Traverse County during November of 1998. That buck had antlers that score more than any other typical whitetail in North America. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the taking of that one-of-a-kind deer.
Other deer hunting titles that will available at the signing are the 3rd edition of Tracking Wounded Deer and Stand Hunting For Whitetails. The 3rd edition of Tracking Wounded Deer was published during 2017 and includes far more information than the 2nd edition along with all color photos. Stand Hunting For Whitetails is about the most popular deer hunting method and includes tips and tricks about how to hunt most effectively from both tree stands and ground blinds.
Smith also produced a 90-minute DVD with his wife’s help titled Walking With Whitetails that should appeal to anyone interested in deer, not just hunters. The DVD covers deer behavior year round and was filmed while the videographer actually walked with a group of deer, including bucks up to 4 ½ years old and older does, that learned to trust him. The video shows some unique deer behavior that few people have witnessed along with does nursing their fawns, bucks rubbing their antlers on trees and fighting.
If you’re into black bear hunting or know someone who is that you want to buy a Christmas gift for, the 2nd edition of Black Bear Hunting may be what you are looking for. This 368-page volume with hundreds of color photos is the most comprehensive book on the subject on the market today. The UP author also wrote Understanding Michigan Black Bear, an excellent reference for anyone who wants to learn about Michigan bears and how to avoid problems from them when outdoors hiking, camping, fishing or hunting.
Smith’s 46-minute DVD about Field Judging Black Bears is also an excellent reference for bear hunters. It provides simple techniques that anyone can use to help determine the size and sex of bears that they see. The size of black bears can be extremely difficult to judge under hunting conditions, especially for hunters who have not seen many of the animals in the wild.
For those who are not able to make it to the signing, Smith’s books and DVDs will still be available in the stores. Autographed copies can also be ordered from him through his web site: www.RichardPSmith.com. His mailing address to send orders is 814 Clark St. Marquette, MI 49855.
Book signings by Richard P. Smith
Store: Canterbury Books
Location: 908 Ludington St.
Dates: Wednesday, Dec. 12
Time: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.