Blackfoot author releases books that incite responsibility, humor, appreciation for nature’s wonders

BLACKFOOT, Idaho — Author Dan Barrus announces the nationwide release of his new books, “Everything I Need for Life I Learned as a Scout,” “Hunting and Fishing Bloopers” and “Wyoming’s Best Kept Secret.”

In “Everything I Needed for Life, I Learned as a Scout,” Barrus relates true experiences as a young scout — from attending many overnighters and scout camps to training a patrol of adult scouts on how to make their troop the best it could be. Join the author in this ride, which highlights his growth from a young 12-year-old Tenderfoot to a seasoned leader of youth. This motivational book’s hardback edition will be released later this month.

In “Hunting and Fishing Bloopers,” Barrus relates the humorous side of life in the outdoors as it can happen to anyone. By reading about these episodes, readers may be able to avoid some of their own bloopers. Join the author in having a good laugh at his expense. The author hopes for his readers to enjoy each anecdote and to remember to laugh at themselves along the way. This book’s hardback edition will be released in December.

In “Wyoming’s Best Kept Secret, Barrus reveals his experience growing up surrounded by majestic mountain ranges in Cody, Wyoming. Each of the surrounding mountains lie in a different direction, and each mountain has a characteristic all its own. Miles of the Absaroka/Washakie Wilderness backcountry extend from the south to the north. The McCullough Peaks can be compared to the Badlands of several western states. Barrus would become personally acquainted with each and experience why they are among Wyoming’s best kept secrets. The author ultimately hopes that the stories inside this book will spark an interest or a desire to experience nature as he was able to in Wyoming’s Best Kept Secret. This book will be released in paperback on the last week of November and in hardback in December.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the books are available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Barrus and his wife, Jeanette, live in Idaho surrounded by their 17 grandchildren. Of the 17, eight are boys, with two having already earned their Eagle rank and the rest well on their way. Barrus belongs to a large nest of Eagle Scouts with seven in his own immediate family.

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