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Now available from Safari Press: J.Y.s new book: "Another Rifle, Another Land."


Take a look at my newest book, "Another Rifle, Another Land," currently available only from Safari Press in limited edition form. There is hope there may be a less expensive trade edition at some point after the limited edition sells out. I believe it's the best hunting book ever written! (Doubtless a few people may disagree.) 
"Another Rifle, Another Land" is now here !
The book chronicles J.Y.'s quest to take all the huntable species and subspecies in Eurasia with a different Remington rifle. He believes it is his very best work, actually a sequel to "One Man, One Rifle, One Land." It contains hundreds of color photos from more than thirty countries, and stories of hunting and taking 70 species of Eurasian big game animals. Below is part of the Introduction section of the book:


Hunters come to know through a lifelong association how precious life is and what a great gift to man is the hunt. Hunting, in the final analysis, is a great teacher of love.

Dr. James Swan, In Defense of Hunting (HarperCollins, 1995)

I hardly know where to begin in introducing this book. I will start by saying this may be considered a sequel to one of my other books (One Man, One Rifle, One Land, Safari Press 2001), and that it follows somewhat the same format. I am blessed beyond measure to have lived the events recorded in this book. I really feel the truth of the opening quote by Dr. Swan, because it runs so remarkably against the faulty wisdom of the animal rights and radical environmental movements. I have been hunting for nearly six decades, and for more than thirty years I have lived my life with my eyes open to the unmistakable genius of Godís infinitely artistic hand. The Bible states that God is love, and he has been revealed to me in a most vivid way by my experiences in the field. The Lord Jesus Christ is the ultimate expression of Godís love, and deserves all the credit for any good that might come from this effort.

 JY Jones in Armenian Ibex Mountain Country
Due to the larger number of species hunted in Eurasia as compared to North America I had to cut down the volume some, and I did that partially by grouping biological and hunting information into sections rather than doing a profile of individual species. Within that preliminary portion there is a description of every animal in the section, with any pertinent hunting information on that particular species. Each section begins with a picture of a representative animal for that grouping instead of having a full-page picture of all species and subspecies. Additionally, I have left out a personal biographical profile and a chapter on the Remington 700 series rifle, since the reader would find themselves immersed in much the same information as in the first and second chapters of One Man, One Rifle, One Land. There is also no geographical chapter on Eurasia, and instead I will mention a few items in that regard in this section. These items are the major structural changes in this book.
 Unlike in One Man, One Rifle, One Land, I have not had the biological sections reviewed by a competent wildlife biologist, so no doubt a few may question whether they are as reliable. I chose not to utilize reviewers for this task for several reasons. For one thing, for many species there simply are no experts such as are readily available in North America. Also, if such an expert exists, he is usually either not competent in English or unavailable for a foreign project such as this. Additionally, I did extensive research utilizing the internet and numerous reference books in my possession, such as Ronald Nowakís Mammals of the World, plus copious books borrowed on interlibrary loan. However, the best reference, barring none, is the Safari Club International Record Book of Trophy Animals, and I have used it extensively, both to find needed information and to confirm data from other sources.
And Just Released!
Safari Press (, 2009

In compiling Ask the Grizzly and Brown Bear Guides, as with the other four books in this series, there has been one requirement that I have tried not to breach in any way: Either I must know the guide or outfitter Iím to interview on a personal basis and have been on a hunt with them, or else they must be strongly recommended by one of many hundreds of hunter-friends that I have in my e-mail address book. Most, of course, fall into this latter category, because one can personally have hunted with only a limited number of guides.

I believe this is the most incisive book in the series so far. There seems to be more interest in the big bears, or at least the guides are more verbose, than for the other animals featured in this series. This book has one-fourth more words than any of the others, in part because of the enthusiasm of the guides for the unique hunts they do for perhaps the grandest game animal in North America. As well, many have harrowing tales of narrow escapes that take time to tell, and many have encountered dangerous situations that require intimate verbal details. Three guides have been mauled by either a grizzly (two) or a brown bear (one). Such incidents cannot be related in a few words, and I believe the reader will find these many anecdotes riveting and entertaining, as well as thought-provoking.

A word on the book layout is necessary. This is the most asymmetrical book in the series, that is, different numbers guides are used for all sections except two. By far the majority of hunts for Ursus arctos in North America are for Alaskan brown bear, and more of these animals are harvested than any of the other categories. This is because in general, these hunts offer a higher success rate and potential for a bigger bear. Moreover, there are three distinct types of hunts for this bear, so I have included two experienced guides for each kind of hunt: Two from the Alaska Peninsula, two from Kodiak Island, and two from Southeast Alaska. These three different hunts are very distinctive, and these differences are brought out in the text.


I did only two guides for coastal British Columbia grizzly bear, for two reasons: First, there arenít very many outfitters for coastal grizzlies anymore, as the province ratchets back its grizzly hunting and heeds uninformed public pressure instead of scientific facts. This has driven at least one major outfitter to sell his area to an anti-hunting group, closing forever a major hunting area. Second, the remaining guides are severely restricted in the number of hunting permits they are issued annually.

Because of the diversity of terrain and the vast differences in hunting situations, I included three each for interior Alaska grizzlies and interior Canadian grizzlies ( British Columbia and the Yukon). For barren ground grizzly, where only a handful of bears are taken by sport hunters annually with a lesser level of diversity in hunting techniques and methods, I interviewed only one, Inuvialuit guide James Pokiak, who guided me to my own barren ground grizzly in 1996.The featured guides have over three hundred years of accumulated guiding experience, so the amount of studied observation is vast. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed putting it together. May God bless you in your own hunting, and also watch over you in this sometimes-dangerous passion we all hold so dearly.