NOT LOOKING TO DIEby: Bill Sansom
In this book the author recounts his life & experiences in outdoors, from the early years growing up in the rugged, forested Bitterroot Mountains of western Montana where he learned from his father-to whom he dedicated his book-not only how to hunt, but why & how he should respect the land and its wildlife. 6×9 inches, 192 pgs.
In “Not Looking to Die” Sansom literally recounts his life and experiences in outdoors, from the early years growing up in the rugged, forested Bitterroot Mountains of western Montana where he learned from his father-to whom he dedicated his book-not only how to hunt, but why and how he should respect the land and its wildlife. In particular, three chapters in his collection, “Not Looking to Die“,emphasized how that ethic was drilled into him by his father. In “Immigrant Elk of the Bitterroot Mountains ,OL Wisdom”( a bull elk he and his father came to revere) and “Last Rites For Ranch Hill” he tells of the joy and the bittersweet memories of bad and good times gone, but never forgotten.
Other stories recount the development of character in Sansom himself, and those he hunted with, including a heart-tugging recollection of a number of hunter friends who gave a young Marine, diagnosed with terminal cancer during his duty in Afghanistan and sent home to die, whose last wish was to shoot a 6X6 bull elk, before he died.
About the Author:
Bill Sansom grew up hunting in the rugged tree cloaked mountains of western Montana. A U.S. Army veteran, he’s worked as a wild lands firefighter, railroad and Highway bridge construction worker, and snowplow driver on I-90’s treacherous Lookout Pass. He guided hunters in Montana and Idaho for 18 years. He also was a deputy sheriff until he was critically wounded in a toe-to-toe shoot-out described in the centerpiece chapter of this book. Deputy Sheriff Bill was not looking to die when he responded to a pre-dawn neighborhood disturbance at a trailer court just outside of his hometown of St. Regis, Montana, and ended up being shot two times by an assailant he in turned killed. After two weeks in intensive care on life support, multiple reconstructive surgeries, and then months of agonizing rehab, Bill was wheeled into a waiting sheriff’s patrol car and sent home to heal. Forced to retire due to his wounds, Bill became private citizen Sansom Slowly he began the rehabilitation that would enable him to not only get on with his life, but to pursue his latest passion for writing. Bill wrote for weekly newspapers, letters to editors, school sports columns.
Publisher: Stoneydale Press
Publish Date: 06-04-2015