Ron Schara's Minnesota
Mostly True Tales of a Life Outdoors
Author Ron Schara
Minnesota Historical Society Press (April 20, 2021)
Discover the gentle humor and astute observations of a true outdoorsman as he shares stories of natural wonders and personal revelations, family traditions and triumphant treks in beloved midwestern landscapes.
Ron Schara has long been a voice for the midwestern outdoors, as a writer for the Minneapolis Tribune and through his adventures—accompanied by his black Lab, Raven—on the popular Minnesota Bound TV show. His storytelling is inspired by childhood excursions along the Mississippi River as well as later and numerous encounters with wildlife from Minnesota to Manitoba and beyond. Whether hunting squirrels or turkey or whitetails, whether pursuing walleye on opening day or retelling fishing yarns, Schara captures the sensory thrills and restorative solitude of being out in nature.
In this collection, Schara gathers favorite stories from fifty-plus years of celebrating opportunities found in natural environments. He relates childhood lessons on hunting safety and treasured memories of summer days at the creek. He champions preserving midwestern landscapes—to the benefit of hunters and fishers, yes, but more importantly for protecting wild habitats so that the grandchildren of today’s outdoor enthusiasts might also experience the woods at daybreak, the pristine trout stream, the prolific prairie. In these “mostly true tales,” Schara offers wisdom from the tree stand and tells of others’ record-breaking achievements. He invites readers to join him in this life out of doors—and maybe to see their own adventures in a new light.
Ron Schara is a writer and television personality who’s been sharing outdoor stories with readers and viewers for four decades, bringing to life the joys of nature watching, fishing, hunting, and camping. He is founder/ executive producer of Ron Schara Productions, recipient of nine Emmy Awards.
Ron is cohost of Live Outdoors, heard weekly on WCCO 830 on CBS, and he appears with his black Lab, Raven, on Minnesota Bound on KARE-TV; The Flush on the Outdoor Channel, Backroads with Ron & Raven on FOX sports north (FSN), and Due North Outdoors on FSN. His previous books are Ron Schara’s Minnesota Fishing Guide; Muskie Mania; Twin Cities Fishing Guide; and Minnesota Bound.
Reviews and news
"Reflecting the interests and passions of many Minnesotans, Ron's collected columns chronicle days well spent fishing and hunting over four decades, as well as well attempts to conserve Minnesota's natural resources."
Dennis Anderson in The Star Tribune
"Ron is a masterful storyteller, with a treasure trove of insightful experiences. The Johnny Carson of the outdoor industry, he has done more to launch up-and-comers’ careers than anyone I know in the field. As a friend for over forty years, I always look forward to his next endeavor.”
Al Lindner, Lindner Media Productions
"Through these vignettes from Ron’s life we trace the journey from a boy’s carefree pursuits to full-grown advocacy and stewardship. A case study in the importance of a childhood spent outdoors. Plus, it’s a fun read.”
Roy Heilman, neveragoosechase.com
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- 224 pages
- 18 B&W PHOTOS
- 6 x 9 inches
- ISBN: 9781681341927