In this collection of magazine pieces, mostly from Sports Afield
, hunter and outdoors writer Ted Kerasote (Bloodties
) offers his well-considered thoughts on matters such as the ethics of killing wildlife for sport, the merits of catch-and-release fishing, and the necessity of habitat preservation in a time when so much wild land across the world is being threatened by development. We need, he writes, to take a more active role in protecting such places, "to participate, to plunge our hands into the consonant and sometimes poignant beauty, the authentic living and dying, that remain on the planet." Some readers will find his views on blood sports controversial, to be sure. The collection is a mixed bag, with the strongest pieces drawing on Kerasote's varied experiences in the wild--mostly in the northern Rocky Mountains, but as far afield as Chile (during the Pinochet coup) and the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.
From Library Journal
In these 20 previously published essays, Kerasote, a hunter and angler since childhood and the "EcoWatch" columnist for Sports Afield, explores the bonds among the land, wildlife, and hunter. No knee-jerk apologist for the National Rifle Association, Kerasote disparages the sport hunter who intrudes into the wild, shoots, and leaves with a trophy. Rather, he is concerned with hunting the way our hunter/gatherer ancestors did: with a near mystical respect for the wildlife who are the prey. Kerasote divides his book into two sections. In the first, Kerasote, a "catch and release" fisherman, tells of his search for the perfect trout stream and the big catch. Then he turns his attention to hunting, and his writing becomes dark and more introspective. Whether describing an elk hunt or championing conservationist causes, Kerasote's easy-to-read, lyric prose is always moving. Highly recommended.?Randy Dykhuis, Michigan Lib. Consortium, Lansing
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