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While clearly addressed to the fraternity of hunters, the essays and stories in this collection transcend the boundaries of the field. McGuane, writing passionately about how the hunt for food defines who we are in "The Heart of the Game," observes, as Sitting Bull did before him, "when the buffalo are gone, we will hunt mice, for we are hunters and we want our freedom." Hemingway, in "Remembering Shooting-Flying," an Esquire column from 1935, keeps world affairs in perspective when he wonders "how the snipe fly in Russia now and whether shooting pheasants is counter-revolutionary." "The Forest and the Steppe" is one of Turgenev's evocative "Hunter's Sketches"; evocative also defines "Mister Howard Was a Real Gent," one of Ruark's marvelous "Old Man and the Boy" contributions to Field & Stream.
Given the overall subject, there is plenty of sporting drama throughout, but also plenty of thoughtful reflection, and absolutely magnificent storytelling, which is as it should be. When you set your sights on the greatest, your aim needs to be true. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Bought as a present, but read a few of the stories before wrapping it up. Found the stories to be very interesting.Published 8 months ago by Julie Hippert
I gave this as a gift to an avide hunter. He reads a chapter every night and loves it. ThanksPublished 8 months ago by Lee W Carter
If you like to sit down and read interesting hunting stories, than this is a book you'll want to read.Published 10 months ago by diamond770
The stories are entertaining and, in many cases, quite informative. Most of the authors are well known and the chosen stories show the editor has good judgment.Published 10 months ago by Bill S
Genuine hunting stories that make great reading to yourself or children. These stories will take your mind to the field or timber and live the experience.Published 10 months ago by Les
The book was not what I expected. It arrived in good condition and in a timely manner. I wanted it for a young hunter and I don't feel it served it's purposePublished 11 months ago by Maryann
Bought this book as a Christmas gift for my husband. He has yet to open it (it's only December 7) but I'm sure that he will like it. It's a great book for the hunter in your life.Published 12 months ago by Jessica Bambury