A Grouse Hunter’s Almanac: The Other Kind of Hunting

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Sep 18, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 227 pages
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"There are two kinds of hunting: ordinary hunting, and ruffed-grouse hunting."—Aldo Leopold, from A Sand County Almanac

Like that earlier grouse hunter Aldo Leopold, Mark Parman takes to the woods when the aspens are smoky gold. Here, in an evocative almanac that chronicles the early season of the grouse hunt through its end in the snows of January, Parman follows his dog through the changing trees and foliage, thrills to the sudden flush of beating wings, and holds a bird in hand, thankful for the meal it will provide. Distilling twenty seasons of grouse hunting into these essays, he writes of old dogs and gun lust, cover and clear cutting, climate change, companions male and female, wildlife art, and stumps. A Grouse Hunter’s Almanac delves into the mind of a hunter, exploring the Northwoods with an eye for more than just game.

Winner, Sports and Recreation, Midwest Book Awards

Bronze Medalist, Sports, Foreword Magazine’s Books of the Year

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Folksy, charming, a lot of fun to read. Mark Parman has distilled his book into concise chapters that put you at his side as he 'saunters' around the coverts in search of grouse and woodcock. Very easy to pick-up meaningful tips without the narrative being an 'instuction' or 'guide' book.
Strongly recommend this book if you enjoy bird hunting, bird dogs, keen insights on how to enjoy life, or just a bit backwards in that you'd rather trudge through the woods than zoom to your hunt on an ATV.
Well done Mr. Parman!


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About the author (2010)

Mark Parman is a member of the Ruffed Grouse Society and the Loyal Order of Dedicated Grouse Hunters. He is coauthor of Fat Tire Wisconsin: A Mountain Bike Trail Guide and teaches English and journalism at the University of Wisconsin–Marathon County. He has written for Sports Afield, Pointing Dog Journal, and other outdoor magazines.

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