“Sonny boy, in life, every once in a while, you have to do something bad just so you know you’re alive,” said author Mark Steck’s grandfather to him as a child. With this in mind, Steck gives us Hey, Crap In His Chimney! Memoirs of a high-spirited Baby Boomer.
With this book, Steck invites us along to relive his childhood’s greatest adventures. Growing up in North Mankato, Minnesota, he tells us about his fun-filled childhood and teenage years in the 1960s and ‘70s. And like for most boys, life’s mischievous moments make the best stories.
Laughter is guaranteed, as Hey, Crap In His Chimney! regales the reader with tales involving raccoons driving muscle cars, being kicked out of an all-you-can-eat buffet and other youthful hijinks. But the book isn’t just limited to youthful pranks. Hey, Crap In His Chimney! Memoirs of a high-spirited Baby Boomer also pays tribute to fallen friends and honors the time of our lives when we’re experiencing the world for the first time. The book also shares historical tales, such as what it was like to drive a gas-guzzling V-8 American land yacht as a cash poor teenager when the ‘70s oil embargo hit and the tale of robbing a house full of hippies of their most-prized possession.
Steck compiled his story collection to keep his past alive. “As one gets older you lose opportunities regarding the links to your past,” he said. “Those opportunities die off on you. When you're younger they don’t seem that important.” With this book, Steck presents a history that’s unique to himself yet also reflects the lives of other baby boomers. It also gives younger generations a chance to see that their parents and grandparents were probably far more mischievous than they ever were.
So, come along on a journey to a land where cell phones, Wi-Fi and selfies don’t exist and you only could get three channels on your TV set (if you were lucky)—yet life was as fun-filled as any movie. And the best part of it all is that it was real.
Longline Road Trapping is a 74 page book written by Mark Steck. Road trapping is how the huge numbers of critters are racked up...fast. Learn a potent system for knocking down big numbers on both land and water while working close to your vehicle.
125 pages. A man with a passion for learning, McLaughlin has been trapping and learning about muskrats for over 60 years. His desire to teach the young and uninformed how to pursue, find, and trap muskrats and how to properly handle the fur after they are caught has inspired the writing of this book.
McLaughlin believes that trapping muskrats should be the first animal a young person should pursue. They are the easiest to learn to catch and learn to handle the pelts. They also give a young person the opportunity to learn, not only about nature, but something about themselves.
Introduction, History of Trapping and Fur, Glossary, What is a muskrat?, Habitat of the muskrat, plants, Laws, etiquette, ethics and more, Tools of the trade, Scouting, Before buying traps, Preparing your traps, Gathering your gear, Setting traps, Skinning a muskrat, fleshing and stretching, other information, Building a folding colony trap.