Candice & Jen’s hot picks for outdoor enthusiasts & reading aficionados


1. TAKING AIM | Eva Shockey

Daring to Be Different, Happier, and Healthier in the Great Outdoors

Shockey’s story is less about pulling the trigger and more about listening to your heart and pursuing your passion despite stereotypes and expectation. She takes us on her journey from the little girl expected to be a professional dancer, like her mother, to the hunter and conservationist she is today – a captivating memoir for the adventurer in all of us.

2. Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine | Steven Rinella

This remains one of my all-time most favorite books about hunting and not just because I’m in it either. I had the pleasure of meeting Steve Rinella, now the host of the show and podcast “Meat Eater,” in Missoula, and it was through him that I went hunting for the first time and ate my first elk steak. This book is fun, interesting and takes you all over the country in his quest to procure weird wild game ingredients for a three-day 19th century feast.


3. Bad Dirt – Wyoming Stories 2 | Annie Proulx

With her extensive knowledge and interest of the West and Wyoming itself, Proulx paints a portrait of the grit and gumption embodied by the people living in the “emptiest” state. Filled with dark humor, this captivating collection of short stories — call it “Wyoming Gothic” if you will — tells the sad tales of poverty, alcoholism, loss, and divorce by finding humor in the dire situations in which her colorful characters find themselves.

4. Buck, Buck, Moose | Hank Shaw

Recipes and Techniques for Cooking Deer, Elk, Moose, Antelope and Other Antlered Things


A complete guide from hunt to table with instruction on the processing and care of the meat and recipes ranging from adventurous fine cuisine to comfort food favorites, encouraging you to step outside of your zone.


5. Girl Hunter | Georgia Pellegrini

Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time

A former Wall Street exec and now classically trained chef embarks on a journey to track down the ingredients for her next meal. Literally. From hog hunting in the deep south to elk hunting in the wilds of Wyoming, Pellegrini discovers that the only way to truly know where your meat comes from is to hunt it yourself. Girl Hunter offers delicious recipes and thoughtful reflection on the omnivore’s dilemma.

By: Candice E. Schlautmann & Jennifer C. Kocher

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