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The Three-Minute Outdoorsman
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There are days when, if we hunt or fish or watch birds, we just want to be alone with our thoughts. Other times, however, contemplating the great outdoors that contains so many unknowns, we may wish to learn about moaning moose . . . or mumbling carp . . . or magnetic deer. And this is where Robert M. Zink enters the scene.

A writer who humorously bridges the gap between esoteric information and nature as we have come to know it, Zink distills the latest news from the world of science into three-minute bursts of irresistible lore for the layman. In these brief, engaging essays readers will discover, for instance, how deer use the earth’s magnetic field for orientation; a long-gone tradition of hunting loons in North Carolina; how porcupine quills are advancing new ideas about delivering inoculations; and why deer antlers can model bone regeneration for amputees.

How do predator–prey cycles get started? Should we worry about black bear attacks in the woods? Zink has the answers—often to questions we didn’t think to ask but wish we had. This is the outdoors at its mysterious best, as the experience of nature and the findings of science combine to educate our sense of wonder and tickle our fancy—to say nothing of our highly unscientific funny bone.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. All Things Deer
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. A Short History of Deer in North America
  2. pp. 2-8
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  1. 2. A Message from Our Native Birds
  2. pp. 8-11
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  1. 3. The Science of Chronic Wasting Disease
  2. pp. 11-23
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  1. 4. Urban Deer
  2. pp. 23-27
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  1. 5. It's Taken Centuries, but We Now Know Why Deer Don't Ask to Use Your Compass
  2. pp. 28-31
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  1. 6. Why Are Medical Researchers Interested in Antlers?
  2. pp. 31-35
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  1. 7. Isn't It Obvious Why Deer Have Antlers?
  2. pp. 35-38
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  1. 8. A New Kind of (Un)natural Selection on Deer Antlers
  2. pp. 39-42
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  1. 9. My Deer Doctor
  2. pp. 42-47
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  1. 10. Trying to Outfox Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease
  2. pp. 47-51
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  1. 11. Deer and Their Subspecies
  2. pp. 52-56
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  1. 12. Can Game Managers Control the Number of Deer?
  2. pp. 56-60
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  1. 13. Mountain Lions, Prions, and Sick Deer
  2. pp. 60-62
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  1. 14. The Rut
  2. pp. 63-66
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  1. In the Woods
  2. p. 67
  1. 15. Hunting Spots for Wild Turkeys at the Last Glacial Maximum
  2. pp. 68-72
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  1. 16. Wolves, Coyotes, and Deer
  2. pp. 72-74
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  1. 17. Lead, Lead, Everywhere?
  2. pp. 75-78
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  1. 18. Politics and the Lead Ammo Debate
  2. pp. 78-82
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  1. 19. Getting the Lead Out (of Chukars)
  2. pp. 82-85
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  1. 20. Sounding the Alarm, Mourning Dove Style
  2. pp. 86-88
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  1. 21. Moaning Moose and Topi Lies
  2. pp. 89-92
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  1. 22. Turkeys and Love
  2. pp. 92-95
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  1. 23. Looking Back at Turkey Season
  2. pp. 95-97
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  1. 24. When Black Bears Attack!
  2. pp. 97-100
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  1. 25. I Wouldn't Have Seen It if I Hadn't Believed It
  2. pp. 101-104
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  1. 26. Recent Developments in the Climate Change News
  2. pp. 104-108
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  1. 27. Night of the Dead Birds, or Too Much Hitchcock?
  2. pp. 108-110
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  1. 28. Eagle Attacks Toddler!
  2. pp. 111-112
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  1. In the Water
  2. p. 113
  1. 29. Recreational Fishing Alters Fish Evolution
  2. pp. 114-117
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  1. 30. Duck Hunting in the Low Country
  2. pp. 117-120
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  1. 31. Predators and Ducklings in the North Dakota Prairies
  2. pp. 120-123
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  1. 32. Long-Term Sexual Tensions between Male and Female Ducks
  2. pp. 124-128
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  1. 33. Vigilance in Ducks
  2. pp. 128-132
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  1. 34. What Little We Knew about the Labrador Duck Just Got Littler
  2. pp. 132-134
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  1. 35. Mumbling Along
  2. pp. 134-138
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  1. 36. What You Don't See Under Your Boat
  2. pp. 139-141
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  1. 37. Never Be a Baby Bird
  2. pp. 141-145
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  1. 38. Oh, No! Duck Hunting Videos Might Not Be Realistic!
  2. pp. 145-148
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  1. 39. Snow Geese and Polar Bears
  2. pp. 148-152
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  1. 40. Species Conservation at the State Level
  2. pp. 152-156
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  1. Animals and Us
  2. p. 157
  1. 41. Reconsider Your Walk with Fido?
  2. pp. 158-161
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  1. 42. Loon Hunting
  2. pp. 161-165
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  1. 43. Market Hunting and the Demise of the Eskimo Curlew
  2. pp. 165-169
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  1. 44. The Ethics of Baiting and High-Fence Ranch Hunting
  2. pp. 169-176
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  1. 45. Hunters and Conservationists at Odds over Shooting Shorebirds
  2. pp. 177-180
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  1. 46. A Converation about Hunting in the Netherlands
  2. pp. 180-183
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  1. 47. Back from the Dead
  2. pp. 183-187
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  1. 48. Cats Outdoors and Native Birds
  2. pp. 188-191
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  1. 49. Five Million U.S. Residents Don't See the Problem with Their Cat Killing Just One Bird a Day
  2. pp. 191-194
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  1. 50. Cats on Birds
  2. pp. 195-197
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  1. 51. Some We Love, Others Not So Much
  2. pp. 197-200
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  1. 52. RICO, the Circus, and Conflicts between Hunters and Nonhunters
  2. pp. 200-204
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  1. Animal Intelligence
  2. p. 205
  1. 53. A New Respect for Porcupine Quills
  2. pp. 206-209
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  1. 54. Outfoxed Again!
  2. pp. 209-212
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  1. 55. How Do Ground-Nesting Grouse Ever Breed Successfully?
  2. pp. 212-216
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  1. 56. Our Chickadees Are Smarter than Theirs
  2. pp. 216-218
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  1. 57. Neck-Deep in Guano
  2. pp. 218-222
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  1. 58. Shake, Rattle, and Spray, Doggie Style
  2. pp. 222-225
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  1. 59. Drahthaar Follies
  2. pp. 225-227
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  1. 60. "Trash Birds," the Law, and Amazing Biology
  2. pp. 227-231
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  1. 61. The Dating Game, Antelope Style
  2. pp. 231-234
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  1. 62. Camouflage
  2. pp. 234-237
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  1. 63. One More Cup of Coffee
  2. pp. 237-239
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  1. Postscript
  2. pp. 241-246
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 247
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