Upland Autumn: Birds, Dogs, and Shotgun Shells

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 174 pages
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William Tapply was a devoted and passionate grouse hunter, who took his twenty-gauge Parker, his gundog, and a friend or two and roamed the hills and valleys of New England every autumn, seeking an elusive bird not much larger than your hand.

In this collection of twenty stories, all previously published in such magazines as Field & Stream and Shooting Sportsman, Tapply takes us along as he explores new coverts, tromps through old ones, makes great shots and memorable misses, and reminisces with old friends about hunting in the good old days. Through these pages, you’ll meet Tapply’s father, a Field & Stream contributor who took young Bill along on hunts and taught him not only how to shoot, but also how to appreciate the woods, the waters, and an elusive little bird that has such a devoted following. You’ll also get to meet the friends of Bill’s father, men such as Frank Woolner and Burton Spiller, men who helped establish the traditions associated with upland bird hunting. And, of course, you’ll get to hunt with Tapply’s dogs, including Burt, his faithful Brittany.

Tapply’s knack for evoking the subtle, telling details of people, places, and things will hit home with every reader. If you yearn for crisp autumn days, blazing foliage, the tinkle of a dog’s bell in thick cover, and the explosive whir as a grouse blasts into the air; if the smell of woodsmoke, apple orchards, and gunpowder stirs something in your soul; then Upland Autumn is the book for you.

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User Review  - Thomas Nevins - Goodreads

Great reminiscent read about days spent upland hunting in new england with good friends, sometimes good dogs and a lot of missed grouse... Read full review

Review: Upland Autumn: Birds, Dogs, and Shotgun Shells

User Review  - Fanugee - Goodreads

This was the first book I have read by this author and I will be looking for more. The stories are short and punctuated with humor. Read full review

Selected pages


Playing Guns
These Are Our Good Old Days
Burt at 10
Spiller Country
Five Aces
Little Russet Fellers
Camp Timberdoodle
How to Miss Flying Grouse
Taint Fair
Whats the Point?
The Old Country
The Chipmunk Hypothesis
Our Poet Laureate
Virtual Hunting
Opening Day
Wild Pheasants

The World According to Grampa Grouse
Frank Woolners Love Affair with Ruffed Grouse
Woolners Timberdoodle
Last Hunt

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About the author (2009)

William G. Tapply was the author of dozens of books, including more than two dozen New England-based mystery novels and nearly a thousand magazine articles, mostly about fly fishing and the outdoors. Tapply died in July 2009 after a battle with Leukemia. He lived and wrote in Hancock, New Hampshire.

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