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#6706603 - 03/15/17 11:02 PM Books!!
bow5 Offline
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Registered: 02/24/16
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Loc: Hill Country
I'm a wildlife major at Texas A&M and love learning more with everything related to the subject. My family has a ranch along the rio grande river in south Texas. Does anyone have any suggestions on books to buy? Anything from tracking, wildlife(already have some on quail and cattle), south texas stories, indians,etc... Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!
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#6706620 - 03/15/17 11:42 PM Re: Books!! [Re: bow5]
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Anything by Jim Corbett. Not Texas, but some of the best hunting stories ever written.
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#6706621 - 03/15/17 11:42 PM Re: Books!! [Re: bow5]
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Registered: 11/30/09
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Loc: Bryan Texas
All of J. Frank Dobie. A lot of Elmer Kelton (The Time It Never Rained is a favorite of mine). Peter Hathaway Capstick. A really interesting read is The Beast In The Garden by David Baron. Tom Brown has written some books that are partially about tracking, and partially self-promoting...but they have some good info if you can wade through all the other stuff.

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#6706635 - 03/16/17 12:53 AM Re: Books!! [Re: bow5]
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Registered: 07/15/05
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Loc: Cuero
Second all of J. Frank Dobies tales, they are some of my favorites. Not of Texas but as a wildlife major, Aldo Leopold should be relevant to your interest.
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#6706651 - 03/16/17 05:51 AM Re: Books!! [Re: bow5]
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"Empire of the Summer Moon" by S.C. Gwynne
"Lone Star: A History of Texas and Texans" by T.R. Fehrenbach

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#6706653 - 03/16/17 05:56 AM Re: Books!! [Re: bow5]
colt45 Offline
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Originally Posted By: bow5
I'm a wildlife major at Texas A&M and love learning more with everything related to the subject. My family has a ranch along the rio grande river in south Texas. Does anyone have any suggestions on books to buy? Anything from tracking, wildlife(already have some on quail and cattle), south texas stories, indians,etc... Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!
do an inter webb search, you will find plenty
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#6706709 - 03/16/17 07:37 AM Re: Books!! [Re: bow5]
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I just finished reading Man-Eaters of Kumaon by hunter-naturalist Jim Corbett. It details Corbett's experiences in the Kumaon region of India from the 1900 to the 1930s, while hunting man-eating tigers and leopards. One tiger, for example, was responsible for over 400 human deaths.

This guy's tracking skills were nothing short of amazing, sometimes tracking a tiger for many days. He could tell a tiger's age, sex, and size by it's pug marks. Many tigers turned man eater because of injury by gunfire or porcupines. On several occasions he predicted where on its body a tiger was injured based on it's track.

See the reviews on Amazon, here:
https://www.amazon.com/Man-Eaters-Kumaon...aters+of+kumaon
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#6706740 - 03/16/17 08:15 AM Re: Books!! [Re: bow5]
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Jack O'Connor, Gene Hill, Ted Trueblood...
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#6706743 - 03/16/17 08:19 AM Re: Books!! [Re: bow5]
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Originally Posted By: bow5
I'm a wildlife major at Texas A&M and love learning more with everything related to the subject. My family has a ranch along the rio grande river in south Texas. Does anyone have any suggestions on books to buy? Anything from tracking, wildlife(already have some on quail and cattle), south texas stories, indians,etc... Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!

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#6706759 - 03/16/17 08:26 AM Re: Books!! [Re: bow5]
jakebunch Offline
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Registered: 04/08/10
Posts: 237
Robert Ruark

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#6706775 - 03/16/17 08:39 AM Re: Books!! [Re: bow5]
Txhuntr2 Offline
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Registered: 02/19/12
Posts: 327
Loc: Houston and Val Verde
Howdy Bow5. I got my undergrad in WFSC at Texas A&M. Class of 2010. Great program! What year are you?

As stated above: Leopold (although when I was there A Sand County Almanac was required reading so you probably already have that) Ruark, Capstick, although many of their books are adventure/hunting books.

Although it drives my wife crazy, I have retained a number of my old text and reference books. I still reference my ichthyology, key to skulls, and some wildlife management books from time to time.

If Dr. Fitzgerald is still there, I recommend taking his herpetology course, even if you are not that interested in herps.

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#6706797 - 03/16/17 09:01 AM Re: Books!! [Re: bow5]
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Registered: 09/14/13
Posts: 741
Loc: Austin
Capstick

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#6706807 - 03/16/17 09:15 AM Re: Books!! [Re: bow5]
Hunt Dog Offline
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Registered: 11/25/13
Posts: 779
The Men Who Wear the Star, by Charles M Robinson III. It's a history of the Texas Rangers (LEO, not baseball).
Being down on the border it should have some good historic relevance for you.

And if you have yet to take Political Science... Money, Marbles and Chalk by Jimmy Banks. It's a story/history of Texas Politics. LBJ and box 13, Sharpstown, et al. It may have been written in 1972 but the tales of political chicanery are still relevant today.

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#6706827 - 03/16/17 09:44 AM Re: Books!! [Re: bow5]
ErnestTBass Offline
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Registered: 08/12/16
Posts: 131
This is a great thread.

Echo Elmer Kelton and J Frank Dobie.

Kelton's The Time it Never Rained is outstanding, especially if you have West Texas family from that era. I "knew" everyone in that book.

The Texas Rangers by Dobie is a dense read but very interesting and well-researched history of the Rangers.

Empire of the Summer Moon by SC Gwynne is an outstanding book on the Comanches.

The Captured is a great book written by a guy from Mason about white (Anglo and German) kids who were captured by Indians and raised as Indians.

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#6706832 - 03/16/17 09:49 AM Re: Books!! [Re: bow5]
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Registered: 03/16/12
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cheers spend time reading in here... ohh, welcome ta texasHF... cool thread, while nota much of a reader, after a good days work...
Nothing more relaxing than sitting in a stand with bow in hand, & enjoying Mother Nature & watching the wildlife unfold on the big screen of life....
confused2 they added the ignorance list cause my posts aint worth 2cents... flag
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