FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO) The history of hunting in Colorado runs deep and one author is capturing the stories behind the state's love of the sport in the binding of a book.
The third edition of Colorado's Biggest Bucks and Bulls has 248 stories that showcase the importance of hunting in Colorado culture.
A few of the stories feature life-long hunter Marvin Shepard whose pride and joy from over the years is hung up all around his living room.
"I can sit there and just look around and it just brings back to me all of the hunts," Shepard said. "I know exactly where every trophy in my house came from, what kind of hunt it was, whether we got stuck that day."
Shepard has shared some of his memories in all three editions Colorado's Biggest Bucks and Bulls.
"People that read that will understand that it's just a really fun time to be out with their parents or their friends," he said.
Besides being a major sport in the state, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said it's an essential part of the local economy.
"The hunters that come in here spend an obscene amount of money," Shepard said. "They buy guns. They buy equipment. They buy clothing. A lot of them stay in hotels."
The author of Colorado's Biggest Bucks and Bulls stopped in Grand Junction last week on her signing tour around the state. She said the book gives entertaining glimpses at the lives of hunters and how the sport is a way of life for Coloradans.
"It is a heritage that we have and it's also a cycle of life," author Susan Campbell Reneau said.