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I'm Wm. Hovey Smith, author of Backyard Deer Hunting: Converting Deer to Dinner for Pennies per Pound.
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About the Author
Wm. Hovey Smith is a native Georgian whose early love of hunting took him into the woods and swamps of his native state at a young age. Almost as soon, his interest in writing developed as a student at the University of Georgia. Later as an Engineer officer in the U.S. Army he started writing and ultimately selling outdoor stories.
As his work as a Professional Geologist took him to all parts of the country, he made a point of hunting and very often writing about his experiences. These writings found their way first into the NRA magazines and later into premium publications such as the Gun Digest where he is now a Corresponding Editor covering black powder guns and hunting. He has published thousands of newspaper and magazine articles on a variety of topics as well as 14 books.
The unusual always interested him and as he aged he became more interested in black powder hunting, bowfishing and crossbow hunting; although he also participated in hunts using more traditional methods while still occasionally going out with a knife or spear.
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Backyard Deer Hunting: Coverting deer to dinner for pennies per pound
was written to meet a need to providing information on how to find, kill and ultimately eat deer and other game animals as inexpensively as possible. Rather than being about trophy animals, the object of this book is to shoot and process game for food. This book was largely inspired by the author's experiences with hunting and consuming deer and other game such as wild hogs, bears, turkeys and waterfowl. With the 2008 economic downturn, the need for such a book became increasingly apparent. His objective was to explain all the steps needed to put good meals on a family's table as inexpensively as possible. The book concludes with a chapter on cleaning game and another on cooking containing 50 recipes that he developed over the decades. Each day seems to bring news of another economic, natural or polotical disaster. Backyard Deer Hunting can provide a vital resource if it become necessary to kill and process game or domestic animals for survival. This book, which should be in every home or library, may be ordered from www.AuthorHouse.com, www.Amazon.com, from your local bookstore or the book order page on this site.
Backyard Deer Hunting is also available as an E-book from Amazon.com and other E-book sources.
Crossbow Hunting (Stackpole, 2006) is the most comprehensive book ever written on the modern crossbow as a hunting instrument. Starting with a brief section on the history of this hunting tool, the book quickly proceeds through a series of heavily illustrated chapters to describe the features of a variety of modern crossbows in several price ranges. Rather than being a catalogue, this book features hunting techniques and the tested capabilities of crossbows as the author describes his experiences on hunts from Georgia to Alaska. He includes some of his own hunts where he took deer, bear and alligators with the crossbow and others' experiences hunting lion, Cape and Asian buffalo. He views the crossbow as part of the archery continuum. A youngster, under adult supervision, can shoot his first deer at about eight-years old using a crossbow that fits him and can take any North American deer at close range. As he ages he can progress to the compound bow and fall back on his crossbow should he become injured. At an older age the crossbow can extend a hunter's ability to hunt another 20 or 30 years beyond the time that he can pull a hunting-weight bow. This book is available from bookstores for a retail price of $19.95 and also from Amazon.com and other Web outlets. It may be ordered for $19.00 plus shipping by activating the Pay Pal button below.
Crossbow Hunting is also available as an E-book from Amazon.com and other E-book sources.
Practical Bowfishing (Stoeger, 2006) is now out of print, but is still available from the author. This book is similar to the author's other titles in that it takes a comprehensive look at the subject starting from choosing basic equipment, rigging a bowfishing boat, methods of bowfishing, the fish that may be taken and concludes with chapters on cleaning and cooking the fish. There is no other sport where usually an unlimited amount of game may be taken, from almost anywhere in the country, provide some of the best-eating fish that exist and improves the fishery at the same time. After the book was published the author took a 30-day trip bowfishing from Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, to Grays Harbor, Washington State. Using an old boat, worse-looking trailer and a 4-hp. engine, he bowfished the Savannah, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, Yellowstone and Columbia rivers and many smaller bodies of water. The biggest fish was a Washington carp that weighed over 50 pounds. Nearly all of these fish were eaten by the author or others. This is a sport where almost anyone can participate since the draw weight of a bowfishing bow is typically in the about 30 pounds. This book may be ordered from the author by sending a check to Wm. Hovey Smith, 1325 Jordan Mill Pond Rd., Sandersville, GA 31082 in the amount of $20.00 or use the Pay Pal link below.
Practical Bowfishing: The E-Book contains all of the information in the original softcover version as well as a new chapter "Hunting across North America," updated supplier information and expanded captions. Because of the need to reduce the file size for the E-book version, most of the photos in the softcover book have been eliminated. The E-Book version is presently available from www.barnesandnoble.com and will soon be available from www.amazon.com, www.ibookstore.apple.com and other E-book outlets for $8.99.
X-Treme Muzzleloading . (Author House, 2012). This 9 X 11-inch, nearly 300-page book takes the reader on the author's adventures as he spends a half-century hunting in North America, Europe and Africa with an assortment of black-powder guns and components. Not content with only shooting deer with the newest in-line rifles, Wm. Hovey Smith took on small game with rifles, pistols and muskets; the world's largest fowl with muzzleloading muskets, shotguns and rifles; and African game with a black-powder double rifle, in-line rifle, double-barreled smoothbore and pistol. The guns used were as varied as the game. They include matchlock, flintlock, percussion and 209-primed original, replica and modern muzzleloading firearms. Although some hunts were sponsored, the majority were financed by the author, and similar experiences are available to anyone. Those who read the author's hunting adventures as they were published in Dixie Gun Works' Blackpowder Annual, Blackpowder Hunting, Muzzle Blasts and numerous other publications will enjoy revisiting these interesting, and often humorous, stories. Some have been combined into fact-filled chapters covering small game, upland, waterfowl, big game and African hunting while others remain mostly intact. The variety of guns, species taken and the innovative approaches used to explore the practical capabilities of the guns are unmatched in modern times. Those who want a "new" look at an "old" aspect of the hunting sports will not be disappointed. Publication credits include thousands of newspaper and magazine articles, 13 previous books and he is now the Corresponding Editor for Gun Digest covering black-powder guns and hunting. Including shipping, the book is available for $27.77 by mail order. Send a check with shipping instructions to Whitehall Press-Budget Publications, 1325 Jordan Mill Pond Road, Sandersville, GA 31082. For bulk purchases inquire to firstname.lastname@example.org. Often the best available price for this book will be at www.authorhouse.com and it is also available at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.
X-Treme Muzzleloading as an E-book is now available at www.authorhouse.com , www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and all electronic book sellers.
Selling books, films and other creative content in the present economy (Lecture Series). Traditional marketing for books, films and other creative works has radically changed. The old author-agent-publisher (or studio) relationship is going away. Replacing it is an author-driven approach were he (or she) takes on the responsibilities of marketing his works. There are good and bad aspects of this new way of doing business. The good things are that the works can be completed much faster, costs are less and the response to properly crafted marketing materials can be very rapid.
Multiple media approaches, including books, film shorts, full-length films, lectures, E-releases on Youtube and other E-media, blog postings, radio, audio publications, E-books and TV appearances are necessary to drive sales. Help can be obtained by getting support from non-profit organizations, businesses, corporate sponsorships, trade groups as well as religious, professional and governmental organizations that share the objectives of the work. These organizations will publicize through their mailing lists, which may number in the millions, through product purchases and for paid speaking appearances.
My presentation of this topic explores all of these factors as well as offers examples from my own experiences from having published 14 books, thousands of news and magazines articles in addition to making videos and writing movie scripts. I am available world-wide on an expense-plus-fee basis.
Consulting to businesses in the outdoor field. As an aid to those wanting to start their own outdoor-based business, I have posted a series of 21 videos "Starting Your Own Outdoor Business" on YouTube and a few on my blog, "Backyard Deer Hunting." If you would like me to consult with you about your potential, or ongoing, business; a convenient way to be introduced is via a multi-party conference call at a rate of $200 an hour, which includes a follow-up written report. Before the call I need to receive a written list of topics at email@example.com and prepayment for a minimum of one hour. The PayPal button below is set for a payment rate of $100 for each half-hour. The odd amounts shown on the PayPal site are to make this site work for something that is not their usual shipped product. Click on the check mark and it will display the rates for one and two hours.
Face to face meetings would require expenses plus a by-the-hour charge for consultation and follow-up reports. However, the telephone conference call is an inexpensive and quick way for me to give you some directed assistance in getting your new business off to a good start.