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Under Orion – Hunting Stories from Appalachia to Africa is the latest book from the Empty Cases’ proprietor Richard Mann. It is a collection of stories he has written over the past 15 years.
Some of the stories are sad, some are happy, some are nostalgic. Most are true – or close enough to true for the campfire. But they are all intended to touch your hunter’s heart.
Under Orion is intended as an easy read. The stories are relatively short and the book is best consumed over time – One story per night before you go to bed, one story per each visit to your favorite porcelain reading chair, or one story at lunch every day at hunting camp.
It is a book for your grandfather, father, mother, brother, sister or children. It is a book for all hunters. Even if they do not live in the greatest mountain range or the best hunting fields on our planet.
“Under Orion confirms the most treasured things we bring home from the field are measured not in pounds or inches, but instead by moments forever lodged in our memories. Here are one man’s trophies from a lifetime of hunting, richly recounted in stories that stir you to reflect on your own experiences outdoors and encourage you to gather more.”
Adam Heggenstaller, Executive Editor, NRA American Hunter
“Under Orion is a series of short stories by Richard Mann that cover a wide range of hunts throughout Mann’s life. They include his early childhood coon hunting days with his father to his African adventures hunting kudu with his son. The stories are engaging, entertaining, well written and more importantly leave you wanting more. They each stand on their own, without ever being repetitive and are often humorous, like Richard’s fight with a Bobcat on the bank of a river. The stories come across as honest, humble accounts and convey the primal essence of what it is to be a hunter. It’s also inspiring how vividly, Mann sets the scenery of a hunt with few words. Overall, it’s great read even for the hunter and non-hunter. You’ll find yourself checking your shoes for dirt and wondering where the smell of the campfire smoke is coming from.”
AMAZON.COM Review – El Jefe
Read an excerpt from Under Orion
Small patches of fog drifted above the treetops like lost spirits. Sunrise was an hour gone but the morning was cool and overcast. The world seemed dim and for hunting, he was late. Robert stepped from the car with his coffee. Ignored during the drive, the coffee was cold. He poured it out and tossed the cup in the vehicle. Taking the hunting vest from the back seat he slid it over his shoulders. 16 gauge shot-shells rattled in the pockets. It had the aroma of must but there was another smell, one he remembered.