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How Not To Die Hunting In Alaska


How did these creatures manage to survive the extremes of Alaska’s environment? How were the Alaskan dinosaurs different from their counterparts elsewhere in the world? How have present-day animals and plants adapted to the harsh winters?
Open up to Ron Smith’s world and learn that the answer is not just in what these creatures are – their size or color or type of skin covering – but also in what they do. Smith highlights the most interesting of Alaska’s residents – the towering grizzly as well as the petite pika, the ‘coat-changing’ ptarmigan and the ever-popular salmon – to reveal nature at its amazing best. This insatiably curious scientist asks questions we would never think of to discover the wonder of this wild land. Part of the TPS Alaska series. Look at How Not To Die Hunting, Interior and Northern Alaska coloring book, Undeserved Punishment and Spirit Of The Arctic CD and DVD. Lesson plans, using the Alaska suite of resources, appear in K-12 ELAR and Science programs, and can be found in Texas and National programs. Have students compare the landforms and animals and plants of their State to Alaska.

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There are several reasons to write yet one more book of Alaska hunting stories. First, hunters delight in hearing or reading about the foibles, tight spots, and downright stupidities of other hunters. If you ever did something idiotic in the field, it can be comforting to read about someone else doing something even worse.
A second reason for this book is to indicate that hunting without an ATV or snow machine really is possible. I include stories of walk-in hunts, fly-in hunts, float trips, and of course, a few that were primarily road hunts. I have owned several canoes but never laid out the cash for a riverboat, Skidoo, or four-wheeler. Hunting might have been easier if I had. Certainly, my back would be in better shape if I had.
Third, hunting stories can teach lessons. Making mistakes on hunting trips can be costly, time consuming, or just plain dangerous.
I picked stories of hunts during which I learned valuable lessons. As you read these stories, I hope you are entertained, and I suspect you will come away from some of them thinking, ‘Boy, I don’t think I’ll do that!’ Accordingly, each chapter title indicates one of the lessons I address with particular hunts as examples.
Be safe out there in the field and good luck!


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