The Tattered Autumn Sky: Bird Hunting in the Heartland

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Globe Pequot, 2004 - Nature - 270 pages
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In these fine essays, Tom Davis writes brilliantly and with poignance about gun dogs and gamebirds; about the prairies, fields, and woodlands where they meet; about the delights of upland bird hunting and the dilemmas posed by the summons of blood. Far more literary than most chroniclers of the sporting experience, his work stands squarely in the tradition of Wisconsin outdoor writing represented by such greats as Aldo Leopold, Gordon MacQuarrie, Mel Ellis, and Robert F. Jones.
More than recounting the highlights of a sporting life, these twenty-five essays, spanning two decades, act as a finely etched memoir. We come to know the bird dogs that have been central to Davis's life, including the irrepressible Maggie in "Blood," an endearing yet doomed English setter pup with the distinct aroma of a chicken. We meet family and friends, observe a marriage and its dissolution, join in the resumption of life and love. With Davis, we are swallowed up by the immense prairies of Nebraska and South Dakota; awed by the late afternoon light in the Wisconsin northwoods; and moved by the devotion of an old dog on point. Through Davis's deft pen, we, too, are bone weary at the end of a long day afield, and we, too, feel the elemental connection a hunter has to wild birds and the unspoiled places they inhabit.



  

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This collection of essays focuses on Davis's enthusiasm for bird hunting and the people and places, sights and sounds he associates with his sport of choice. These essays transcend the sometimes ... Read full review

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Great author however not my breed of dog. This is truly for the upland hunter with setters & pointers. Read full review

Contents

Opening Day
3
Upland Afternoons
19
Blood
31
Closing Day
45
Heart of the Sandhills Soul of the Prairie
61
This Peninsula
81
Emmys Pheasants
91
The Practice
105
Letting Go
163
One Grouse
173
The Principality of Woodcock
183
The Sportsmans Bird
191
A Pheasant for Al
201
Back at Andys Acres
211
Shooting Guests
219
How I Got My Nickname
229

In Peshtigo Country
109
Hypnotized
117
Woodcock Camp Revisited
125
Lost in the 20th Century
137
The Promise
149
Emmylou Now and Then
233
A Boy and His Dog
245
Guerilla Quail
255
Prairie Fires
261
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About the author (2004)

Tom Davis, an award-winning writer and longtime senior editor and gundogs columnist for Sporting Classics, is also editor-at-large for Pointing Dog Journal, a contributing editor to Sports Afield, and a columnist for Just Labs. His work has appeared in Gray's Sporting Journal, Field & Stream, Shooting Sportsman, Ducks Unlimited, Gun Dog, and Retriever Journal. Davis's books include Why Dogs Do That, To the Point, and Just Goldens. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with wife, stepdaughter, and two English setters.

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