If You Give a Girl a Gun, She Just Might Bring Home the Bacon

Hunt for Red Meat: love stories

…this book is as much about relationships and the majesty of the outdoors as it is about hunting.

Laurel McHargue has hunted the “wily elk” with her husband in Colorado for three years and has captured the humor, beauty, and challenges of their hunting experiences in Hunt for Red Meat: Love Stories, a unique series of memoir-style essays available in paperback July 1, 2017. With photos, tips, and haiku poems, McHargue reveals how hunting with one’s partner can engender feelings of love.

Raised in a family of five girls, McHargue remembers creating a list of what she wanted to be when she grew up. “It included things like singing, dancing, drawing, being a mom, and working as a cashier—those big old noisy machines fascinated me. I didn’t even know what hunting was,” said McHargue.

Her husband suggested they apply for hunting tags several years ago, and McHargue had mixed feelings. “I knew I was a good shot from my Army days and more recent target practice at our local shooting range, and I believe in population control of herds, but I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about shooting an animal.”

When asked why she ultimately agreed, she said she loved new challenges and wanted to know she’d be able to take care of herself and her family “in the event of a zombie apocalypse.”

McHargue’s past publications have not mentioned zombies, but her novels have included YA fantasy, folklore, dark humor and “loosely fictionalized” accounts of real events. She has a goal of publishing in as many genres as possible.

“Don’t ask me what my favorite book is,” she said, “because I read all kinds. I suppose that’s why I want to write all kinds too; it’s another…

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