Sunday, April 1, 2012

Michigan Field Guides

Most every bushcrafter (or outdoors man, primitive skills practitioner, or whatever one chooses to call himself) has a collection of field guides. Most field guides are generic or cover a very wide section of the country and therefore have a lot of information that isn't pertinent to one's particular location. While that makes business sense for the authors and publishers, it also make for large and unwieldy books for the end user. In order to lighten my load and simplify my life I have sought out smaller regional field guides that are pertinent to Michigan. I have found these guides to actually be more useful in many cases than the larger, more comprehensive guides.

Listed here are three field guides that I carry, use and highly recommend to my fellow Michiganders as well as those living in nearby Great Lakes states. The links will take you to the publisher's book page.

Trees of Michigan Field Guide
By Stan Tekiela
ISBN: 978-1-59193-000-6
234 Pages
4 3/8" x 6"

Wild Berries and Fruits Field Guide of MN, WI and MI
By Teresa Monroe
ISBN: 978-1-59193-224-6
280 Pages
4 3/8" x 6"

Scats and Tracks of the Great Lakes
By James C. Halfpenny
ISBN: 978-0-7627-4231-8
192 Pages
4 1/4" x 7"

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