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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (July 27, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394576098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394576091
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

The last 20 years have brought many changes in American culture, among them a widespread belief that animals should be granted moral rights: protection from cruelty, from laboratory testing, from the destruction of their habitats. Some advocates argue that protection from hunting should be added to the list. Ted Kerasote provides a lively rebuttal in the pages of Bloodties, a book that takes us into the homes of hunting cultures in Greenland as well as into the mausoleum-like palaces of wealthy trophy hunters in America. Killing for food, Kerasote argues, constitutes an honorable activity, while collecting heads to mount on a living-room wall is indefensible. People on either side of the hunting debate will find much to think about in this well-written book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

At heart the author, a columnist for Sports Afield , is a hunter-gatherer who finds that eating from the wild--meats, berries, roots--fosters an intimate relationship with nature. Here he discusses two distinctly opposite approaches to hunting and then describes his own. In a remote village in Greenland he examines a community that has always depended on the hunting of seals for its survival. He contrasts that life with the goals of a group of American trophy hunters whom he accompanied to Siberia on an expedition to bag snow sheep; in their pursuit of a coveted award, some of these men engaged in hunting practices of questionable ethics. Back home, Kerasote exchanges opinions on hunting with Wayne Pacelle, the head of the Fund for Animals, who is vehemently opposed to hunting. While his own feelings about the hunt border on the mystical, Kerasote's accounts of the subsistence and trophy hunters are superb reporting.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Ted Kerasote is the author of many books, including the national bestseller "Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog" and "Out There: In The Wild in a Wired Age", which won the National Outdoor Book Award. His essays and photographs have appeared in Audubon, Geo, Outside, Science, The New York Times, and more than sixty other periodicals. Focusing on the interrelationship between people and nature, Ted's writing continues to take him from the Arctic to Africa and many places in between. His home, and the place he finds his peace and inspiration, remains Jackson Hole, the high valley that lies between the Teton and Gros Ventre mountains in northwestern Wyoming.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Swett on February 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book won't appeal to the hunter who views a succesful day only by the weight in the game bag, nor will it appeal to the anti-hunter who thinks all hunters want to do is kill. It will appeal to those who look for a deeper understanding of why they, and other people, hunt. This book should appeal to those who keep a copy of WALDEN, or A SAND COUNTRY ALMANAC within easy reach on the book shelf.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
The author presents an intelligent, balanced discussion about the ethics of hunting ­ arguably one of the best ever written. Kerasote, hunter, environmentalist, and ethicist, presents three examples of hunting: subsistence hunting with the Eskimo, big game trophy hunting, and a personal hunting trip. Although an intensely personal book, Kerasote provides a much wider and reasoned view of both sides of the hunting issue than is normally presented in most discussions on the subject. Some of his envronmental arguments are particularly telling.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R S Cobblestone VINE VOICE on December 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
"I put him in my mouth and began to feel the land pass through my body."

--Ted Kerasote on eating an elk he had killed.

This is not a "how to hunt" book. Bloodties: Nature, Culture, and the Hunt is a book on why people hunt. And Kerasote gives it to you with both barrels (pun intended). From Greenlanders making the transition from traditional subsistence hunting to a world full of modern gadgets, to the wealthy trophy hunters looking for ways to get their trophies and names immortalized in the Safari Club International Record Book of Trophy Animals, to Kerasote himself growing potatoes and hunting elk to put food on his own table, the issues involving why we kill wild animals for food and pleasure are debated. Kerasote also searches out Wayne Pacelle, currently chief executive officer of the Humane Society of the United States (but at that time an advocate with Fund for Animals), to get a perspective on why people should not hunt.

I've used Kerasote's book as a text in a wildlife course over a four-year period. For college students from a wide variety of majors, it has proved to be engaging, thought-provoking, astonishing for some, irritating for others, and a book most students don't try to sell back at the end of the semester.

If I had a suggestion for this book, it would be that it needs the perspective of a "Dick and Jane" hunter. Kerasote himself does not fit this bill. If you are a statistically average recreational hunter, you won't see yourself categorized here. However, I guarantee that you will relate what you are reading to what you do and why you hunt.

"I like to think that someday my bones will fertilize the grass that will make his grandchildren fleet."

--Ted Kerasote on the consequences of eating an elk he had killed.

This is a good book, well worth the effort to track down and read... the perfect gift for the thoughtful and reflective hunter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Breton on August 30, 2009
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This is a 'thoughtful' hunter's book. Covers multiple sides of the debate in a way that makes you ponder your own view points on the subject matter. Please read all the way through to get the full picture of what Mr. Kerasote is trying to convey. Can be very vivid at times, though never needlessly graphic. Also recommended for the non-hunter as a contemplative read into an often-times uncomfortable subject. Very enjoyable read- something I turn to prior to every fall hunting season.
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