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“Decoying Big Game” 9 1/4″ X 6 1/4″ hardcover book ($15.00 plus shipping/handling) or “The BowHunter’s Field Manual” 9 1/4″ X 6 1/4 hardcover book ($18.99 plus S&H). To order, send check or money order for each book plus $5.00 shipping and handling to: Judd Cooney, PO Box 808, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 Sorry, we do not accept credit cards. Be sure to include a note with the address where you want the book(s) shipped.
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DECOYING BIG GAME ($15.00 plus shipping/handling): This book is one of a kind – the first volume ever devoted solely to luring and decoying big game into range. No hunter should overlook the revolutionary information found within these pages. Here is the comprehensive handbook to luring game to within gun, or bow range. Drawing on years of experience as a professional hunting guide, Judd Cooney teaches hunters that attracting game animals is a lot more complicated than sticking a plastic likeness into the ground and then hiding behind a tree, waiting passively for your quarry to show up. Effective decoying, in fact, calls for a sophisticated blend of tactics, including the subtle arts of using the wind, calling, and scent utilization.
Working as a guide for both hunters and photographers, Cooney has had to attract animals reliably in all kinds of conditions, and has honed his skills in luring everything from antelope and whitetails to bears and mountain lions. Now, for the first time, he reveals the keys to his success. With easy-to-use information for beginning as well as experienced hunters, DECOYING BIG GAME touches on every aspect of this increasingly popular form of hunting. Chapters cover topics such as the ancient roots of decoying, and what we can learn from that history; the philosophy of decoying; and specific sections on attracting whitetails, mule deer, elk, moose, pronghorns, bears, predators, turkeys, and more.
THE BOWHUNTER’S FIELD MANUAL ($18.99 plus S&H): Forward by M.R. James – Judd Cooney is a living, breathing anachronism. Those of us who know him best universally agree that he would have been just as much at home toting a .58 caliber Hawken back in the 1800s as he is heading afield today carrying a modern compound bow, scope-sighted rifle, or auto-loading shotgun. Likewise we know that Judd would have been just a s comfortable clad in beaded moccasins, fringed buckskin shirt, and brain-tanned trousers as he is in Windstopper camo and Vibram-soled hunting boots. And there’s absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind that he would have chatted as friendly-like across some high-country campfire with famed frontiersman Jim Bridges as he did across the dinner table with legendary bowhunter Fred Bear.
So, just who is this contemporary mountain man who likely was born a century or two too late? Honestly, it’s impossible to pin a single label on Judd Cooney. Outdoor writer? Yes, and a darned good one. Wildlife photographer? Arguably, one of the country’s best. Hunting guide? Yep, a top-drawer professional. Conservationist? Definitely, but in the purest sense of the word (don’t ever confuse Judd Cooney the conservationist with of those misinformed Yuppie “preservationists” who learned about nature by watching Walt Disney movies and who believe animals talk to each other while coexisting peacefully in an outdoor world as lush and innocent as the biblical Garden of Eden).
And don’t forget other appropriate labels, either: serious varmint hunter, deadeye shot (with most any weapon you can name), extraordinary game caller, and oh yes, passionate and knowledgeable hunter with both gun and bow.
Finally, mix in such terms as loyal friend, devoted husband, proud father, and doting grandpa, and you can sketch a pretty good mental image of this rugged, square-jawed individualist who possesses a devilish sense of humor and always calls ’em exactly as he seems ’em – often with the subtlety of a kick in the groin.
Judd Cooney ultimately knows and bluntly speaks the truth about nature. He has learned about wild birds and animals firsthand, observing them throughout a long and active outdoor life that spans more than six decades. From his early boyhood days hunting, fishing, and traping in his native Minnesota…through his formative college years in South Dakota (where he kept a pet fox in his dorm room and sometimes cut morning classes to jump-shoot ducks or bowhunt bottomland deer)…to his postgraduate conservation work in Alaska, his later years spent afield as a Colorado game warden and a successful freelance photojournalist – Judd Cooney has been there, done that. Again and again. Over and over.
It is Judd’s familiarity with wildlife and successful hunting techniques – erudition gained from myriad personal experiences during long decades spent in North America’s fields and forests – that set him apart from his peers. Combine a God-given writing talent with a hunter’s instinct and artist’s eye, and you have perhaps the only man who could create this comprehensive bowhunting field manual so honestly, so well.
I first met Judd Cooney some three decades ago. Over the ensuring years, we shard numerous antelope, deer, bear, and turkey camps. In Colorado. California. Alabama. Illinois. Iowa. South Dakota. And Canada, too. Hardly a year passes that we don’t team up on yet another bowhunting adventure. Somewhere. Anywhere. And after all this time, I am still amazed by Judd’s knowledge and his innate ability to impart useful information to others.
For anyone dreaming of hunting trips to faraway places – or simply wanting to improve backyard-hunting skills – this new book offers on-target assistance and serves as an invaluable reference source. It’s intended to be read. And reread. The writing, you will quickly discover, is vintage Cooney. Crisp. Honest. Understandable. Sprinkled with appropriate anecdotes and no-nonsense advice. Every page, in fact, shines with anuthor’s knowledge, talent, and complete understanding of the subject.
I consider The Bowhunter’s Field Manual to be the ideal package – good reading and generous information offered by an outdoorsman who has lived the words he chooses to share. Now read on- and learn. You’ll be a better bowhunter for the experience. That’s a promise.
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The poster is of heavy poster paper and measures 23 3/4″ x 34″. Price is $20.00 plus $5.00 S&H. To order, send check or money order for $24.95 for each book plus $5.00 shipping and handling to: Judd Cooney, PO Box 808, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 Sorry, we do not accept credit cards. Be sure to include a note with the address where you want the book(s) shipped