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Hunters can be a pain in the a** to shop for, because there’s an overabundance of gear on the market and also an overabundance of gear in most guys’ garages. Out of sympathy for anyone who has a hunter on their shopping list, I’m going to put together the MeatEater’s 12 Days of Gifts Guide. These items are gonna please any hunter out there, no matter how picky or overstocked he or she happens to be. What’s more, these things can be purchased quickly online without having to drive around and endure hordes of competing Christmas shoppers.

Day 12: My newest book is about hunting; here is how it starts:

“This book has a hell of a lot going for it, simply because it’s a hunting story.  That’s because hunting stories are the oldest and most widespread form of story on earth.  The genre has been around so long, and has such deep roots, that it extends beyond humans.  When two wolves meet up, they’ll often go through a routine of smelling each other’s breath.  For a wolf to put his nose to another wolf’s mouth is to pose a question: “What happened while you were hunting?”  To exhale is to answer: “You can still smell the blood.”

Buy my book for your loved ones this holiday.  Smell the blood.