Michael Van Durme, SUNY Cobleskill alumnus and co-author of Blood on the Leaves: Real Hunting Accident Investigations — And Lessons in Hunter Safety, will be on campus for a book signing on April 28 at the Second Annual Fisheries & Wildlife Student-Professional Mixer.
Van Durme, Class of 1975, is retired from a 37-year career with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, where he developed the reporting forms and policies for hunting-related shooting investigations, as well as providing training for all officers involved in such investigations. After he was shot in two separate hunting-related incidents, Van Durme developed the Measurement of Visibility Device, which allows investigators to document what a shooter could or could not see at the time of the shooting.
Recommended for both hunters and forensic investigation fans, Blood on the Tracks tells true, detailed, sometimes chilling stories from around the country of death and injury while hunting. Not only do the accounts make for engaging “crime scene investigation”-style reading, they provide vital lessons in hunter safety.
The book was written by Van Durme in collaboration with Rod Slings and Keith Byers, his partners at Hunting and Shooting Related Consultants, LLC, a firm that specializes in investigating hunting-related shooting incidents and in training wildlife officers around the world to do so.
“This is an absolutely fascinating look at actual hunting accidents—their cause, consequences, and the investigations that follow,” said Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of Radiant Angel. “Blood on the Leaves could easily be the basis for a dozen novels or a TV series. Well written, informative, and enlightening, it should be required reading for anyone who applies for a hunting license—or anyone who has had their license revoked. Pack this book with your ammo.”
Van Durme will be signing copies of his book from 8 to 9 p.m. during the Second Annual Fisheries & Wildlife Student-Professional Mixer in the Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources. He is also planning to donate a copy of the book to the Library.