For his entire life, Derrell Rodine has loved hunting. His enjoyment of hunting has been both personal and professional, as he has led countless hunters through his Saskatchewan company, Scattergun Outfitters. In this memoir, Derrell reflects on the wonderful people he has met and the experiences he has enjoyed. He also recounts a serious illness he thought might lead to death, or at the very least keep him from ever hunting again. Beneath Derrell's tales of adventures and escapades is a man of deep faith who loves God, his family, and his country.
Derrell Rodine was born and raised in the Weyburn, Saskatchewan area. After graduating as a psychiatric nurse, he and his wife lived in Regina, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg, and enjoyed hunting all over Saskatchewan and Manitoba. In 1975, he purchased land near where his grandfather had homesteaded. Derrell raised and released pheasants for a number of years. Scattergun Outfitters evolved from this. Hunters from all over North America have hunted with Derrell and his son, Craig. Many of these clients have become close personal friends. Derrell carries a deep respect for the land and the wildlife that inhabit that land. Derrell has a personal faith in our Creator and is involved in many church and community activities.
This is a story of a boy growing up in a Boston suburb near where his ancestors had settled three centuries before. He attends elite private schools and Union Theological Seminary, training to be a Protestant pastor. He marries Annette and they raise four children in suburban Rochester and the inner-city neighborhoods of Buffalo, New York. They help Saul Alinsky create a mass-based community organization to empower the dispossessed. Annette teaches social work at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Always moving West, they settle in Berkeley, California. They lose their political innocence during the Vietnam War, join a commune and are blind-sided by the power of cults. The family backpacks every summer in the Sierra Nevada. Annette teaches in the University of California School of Public Health. Howard, trained now as a sociologist of religion, advises groups planning to begin new churches in West Coast suburbs. Through meditation, creative use of their imagination, and workshops at Esalen, they explore aspects of themselves that had been cut off by their East Coast upbringing. They move to Benicia, California, where Annette blocks the railroad tracks over which munitions trains pass; Howard has a compelling dream of descent into the Void. After his ten-year pastorate, they retire to Claremont, California, where Annette dies in 1997.
Whether it’s learning about rifles and shotguns, determining the best hunting location, or butchering your five-point buck, here is all the essential information to have a successful and fun hunting experience in a compact, portable guidebook. Complete with handy illustrations and photographs, The Pocket Deer Hunting Guide is the essential reference guidebook for any deer hunter.
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