Sitting around the table, telling stories, and relating to one another is a time-old means of connecting with others and it’s no different at this year’s Safari Club International Convention (SCI). Each year at the event we enjoy the pleasure of spending lunch with a group of writers and other media.
Remember, the word of the month is “Relationships.”
When you’re at a lunch with a media group the stories told around the lunch table may be of publications, works passed, politics, and adventures. I particularly enjoy sitting back, listening, and most often learning from the experiences recounted at the table. The knowledge that surrounds me is priceless.
Each year at our lunches we also meet and listen to various speakers. This year, my surprise, we are blessed with the presence of Denny Geurink. As I read the headline of his presentation, ‘Hairraising Adventures in the Land of the Bear,’ I figured this would be interested. I always love a good bear story.
Denny has an amazing story to tell, and there simply wasn’t enough time in a lunch hour to hear the whole thing, so can you guess what’s next? I mentioned that we’re a group of writers and media, so did you guess that we’ll have yet another book to add to our reading lists? — YES. We’ll be reading another book. Keep reading to learn more!
Denny has been in the writing business for some time and for about four decades produced a column in Field & Stream magazine. He shared with us that during his tenure at F&S magazine he became the first American to be invited to, and attend, a hunt in Russia.
Just after the fall of the Soviet Union, the writer embarked on a life-changing hunt to Siberia. After hearing only a couple of details about this adventure, it intensely reminds me of my trek to Russia with Sako Rifles. From learning the rules of the land to attempting to communicate in a land of languages unknown, the bear and moose pursuits echo those of my own.
Those are not the reason I’d like us to read Denny’s book. It’s the adventure that I find intriguing. It is the “excitement, mystery, danger, and adventure of living and traveling in Siberia” and adventures of rubbing elbows with the KGB, meeting Russian dignitaries, and living in tents and trappers’ cabins in Siberia with the local natives that I find fascinating. Let’s read this one.
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