In the last month I have spent the better part of 3/4 of my month away from home and traveling between home in Virginia to Pennsylvania and Ohio for business with the company that I work for CliCKS Document Management . This travel is an important part of my role as National Director of Business Development the traveling can get old. On a recent trip from Pittsburgh to Columbus, OH I had the pleasure of stopping in Wheeling, WV for an extended shopping trip to wait out some thunderstorms at the Cabelas Store in Wheeling. I took several walks around the store and while in the archery section I came across a book that has consumed me for the past several weeks. BackCountry Bowhunting, A Guide to the Wild Side by Cameron R. Hanes.
Backcountry Bowhunting is a wonderful book and one of the best resources you can find on solo backcountry hunting. This book is motivating me to consider taking my a trip on my own out west in the coming year.
Cameron is an extreme hunter and everything he does from running 50 mile Marathon Runs to bow hunting solo in the back country is done with the same thoughts in his head. He tends to go big or go home, runs and works out every single day, shoots his bow every single day including in his living room and is one of the most committed hunters I have seen or heard about.
The book covers fully why he wrote the book, conditioning, equipment, mule deer, elk, bear, caribou and is filled with tons of advice on how to go about taking on the challenge of getting out in the deep stuff alone. Not every hunter is going to have the ability to do what Cameron is doing in the backcountry but for those of you who dream about such and adventure this book is the authoritative bible on solo hunting.
I have read this book twice in the last three weeks and began taking notes on my own about what equipment that I would need and thinking about how best to get out west and put myself in a position to take a nice respectable animal on my own.
Run out and pick up this book, you will not be sorry you did.