Meridian Star

Outdoors

December 21, 2012

New book: the ideal gift

MERIDIAN —     It would be a difficult task to find a better gift than a book. Most can be ordered by mail and all can be easily wrapped, stacked  and transported, they last a lifetime, many increase in value and I have never received one that I didn't appreciate fully.

    A new book for turkey hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts has just come off the presses. Its author is the well known Jim Casada, one of our nation's finest wordsmiths. The hardbound book is titled "Remembering the Greats: Profiles of Turkey Hunting's Old Masters." Some 27 icons from turkey hunting's past are featured in biographical detail. Turkey hunters will recognize their names and enjoy particulars of those both familiar and unfamiliar, depending on the reader's body of knowledge of those who have shaped the grand sport enjoyed by the turkey hunting cult.

    Locals will appreciate Casada's profiles of Meridian's Gene Nunnery and Jack Dudley. Many will likely find previously unknown facts about these, and actually each from this collection of great men who so influenced devotees and have now passed on.

    The Meridian Star's Mike Giles and Otha Barham contributed photographs and information to Casada on these two revered hunters in assisting with his extensive research for this volume. Alabama's Ben Rodgers Lee and Louisiana's Edward A. McIlhenny are included in Casada's parade of the greats.

    Meridian Star readers may recall my story about the visit to Jack Dudley's camp by the well known Pennsylvanian, Earl Mickel, and the hunt we made together. Mickel is profiled in Casada's book adjacent to the one about Dudley.

    Many readers of the Meridian Star have expressed interest in fine writing with less regard for the stories' subjects. Here is a book for those who may be non-hunters but who seek a practiced and refined use of our language. Dr. Casada is a retired professor of history whose use of the language stands at the top of today's American writers on outdoor subjects, especially his cherished pursuit of wild turkey gobblers.

    My own collection of turkey hunting books would be seriously lacking without this fine book by a wonderful friend and admired writer.

    The book features a striking dust jacket, gold stamping on the front cover and spine, Smythe sewing, and top quality paper and sells for $39.95 plus $5 shipping and handling. Insurance, if desired, is $2 extra. Signed, inscribed copies can be ordered through www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com using PayPal or by personal check or money order by contacting the author directly (1250 Yorkdale Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29730.) There is a sample chapter from the book which can be read on the website.

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