Trophy book appeals to generations of hunters

When author Susan Reneau, most recently of Colorado Springs, decided to write this third and latest edition of “Colorado’s Biggest Bucks and Bulls and other Great Colorado Big Game,” she turned to her son, Richard, for help.

That’s probably fitting, since Susan was pregnant with Richard while writing the first edition of this popular book in 1981.

“It’s a cool and unique thing in that I was pregnant with my third son when I wrote the first edition in 1981 and he was a toddler when the book was published in 1983,” writes Reneau in recent email. “Now that same son, Richard, is my co-author. He is a wildlands firefighter that has spent quite a bit of time in Colorado helping locals fight forest fires.”

She said she has heard from many Colorado families about growing up listening to the compilation of fascinating hunting tales.

“What’s strange but nice is that I talk to people that had stories read to them by fathers at bedtime from the first and second editions and now they read stories to their children,” Reneau wrote. “This is the only book ever written that records the oral histories of hunting in Colorado since 1850.”

Reneau is set to be in Grand Junction in late October for a handful of book signings, including one at the taxidermy studio of Darryl Powell on Orchard Mesa, who is featured in the book with his Boone & Crockett Club record-book cougar.

“Within the pages of this book are dozens of hunting stories of men, women and children who took their enormous trophy big-game animal quite by accident or on their first hunt,” Reneau said. “Years of planning and preparation may help some hunters, but some degree of luck is a key ingredient in the taking of an exceptionally large animal.”


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