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Longbows in the Far North: An Archer's Adventures in Alaska and Siberia Paperback – July 10, 2007

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About the Author

E. Donnall Thomas Jr. lived and hunted in Alaska for many years. His essays and stories have appeared in Gray s Sporting Journal, Bowhunter Magazine, and Game Journal.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (July 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081173434X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811734349
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,558,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lifelong outdoorsman, Don Thomas has been a pilot, hunting guide, and commercial fisherman as well as a physician, writer, and photographer. The Field Editor for Ducks Unlimited, Editor-at-Large for Retriever Journal, and Co-Editor of Traditional Bowhunter Magazine, he also writes regularly about the outdoors for publications such as Gray's Sporting Journal, Alaska Magazine, Salmon and Steelhead Journal, Big Sky Journal, and Fish Alaska. Although much of his work has focused upon wing-shooting, bowhunting, and fly-fishing, he particularly enjoys writing short fiction and essays on natural history. He and his wife Lori (a dedicated outdoors woman and crucial part of their photographic partnership) divide their time between homes in rural Montana and coastal Alaska.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Mullane on October 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
As a traditional bowhunter, I found Dr. Thomas' stories to be not only informative but delightfully entertaining. He brings out not only the adventure of the hunt but the ethics of the sport. He has taken us to places that few will be able to go and made us see them through the eyes of a hunter and naturalist. He shows us that it is the hunt that matters, not the harvest. His ethical approach to our sport is a lesson to all who bowhunt. I can not recommend this book more highly. Whether you hunt with modern Hi-Tech equipment or carry a stick bow this book is required reading
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This far outshines the vast majority of modern hunting literature. I love the fact that not every story ends with a successful kill.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert N. Downs on November 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Lonbows in the Far North by E. Donnall Thomas

Ethics and good taste, intelligence,knowledge and a special style of writing makes this book a winner on short stories of his observations,endurance and good humour. He doen't just want to be out there killing everything is sight. His anticipation starts from when the boots go on. Every shoot is not successful in a trophy,but it is award winning in the enjoyment of his pursuit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian H. on October 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Typical fantastic writing of Don Thomas. Very few authors can actually bring you on the adventure with them as it happens and Thomas does it again. Get this book!
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I usually avoid books about hunting because in my experience modern hunting lit tends to be self aggrandising and obnoxious. This was not that at all. I don't remember once reading the author describe how tough he is, or how accomplished he is or anything like that. You get a sense that he must be both those things and more, but only because he takes you quite adeptly on some of his adventures with him.

A couple of other reviewers here mentioned the author's exemplary ethics, I think it's worth mentioning that this is not a case of unwelcome ethical lectures. Like everything else in this book, you simply see the example in his story telling.

So he takes you with him in his stories to his obviously familiar stomping grounds of the Alaskan wilderness and a wonderful diversion into the Russian far east. To get a feel for how immense Russia's eastern wilderness is, note that Vladivostok, the east's big city, is closer to Australia than it is to Moscow. That would be a bit like saying Anchorage is closer to Chile than it is to Washington. Except it isn't.

I think the best thing I can say about this book and this author is his ability to tell the tale of many successful hunts even when some (or most) don't end in game taken. Because every one is an adventure and an intimate outdoor experience in it's own right.

My only criticism is that it ended too soon. I loved it and will be buying more from this author.
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By TJB on April 14, 2011
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In a sense I'm somewhat biased. I think the longbow will never be improved upon and will always be available with very few mechanical issues to compromise performance. I'm a huge fan of "Traditional Bowhunter" magazine of which Don is a contributing editor. In this particular book, as well as his articles, he tells it the way it happens; a miss is counted as a miss! The other thing I greatly appreciate about his style, is that it greatly contrasts many of the so called TV personalities. (Again my opinion) When an animal is harvested, a life is taken and reverence is owed. I feel embarrassed as an ethical and responsible hunter to see the TV guys jump up and down and whoop and holler about how great they are and look at me and see what I just did. I agree that celebration is due for all the hard work that goes into the hunt, but not the kill. You won't find any of this nonsense in Don's book.
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By hardy-trainer on August 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
When I read this book at the age of 49 I was someone who had never hunted (apart from Chinook on the fly) or even consciously considered it. I had also spent my whole life in Europe where no-one normally talks about or is exposed to traditional bowhunting. Four years later I have been on four black bear hunts and had adventures and amazing experiences of my own which I consider to have enriched my life. I have been to wonderful places and met many people (some wonderful, some less so; but all interesting in some way) Don's stories remind us to grasp all the opportunities for learning about others, about nature and yourself whilst showing respect for life in the ethics you display in your hunting. Oh yes, and on one of the hunts I did harvest a bear; and no I didn't feel like yelling and screaming about it in front of a video camera. Thanks, Don for showing the way and sharing it.
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The author is a master story teller. All of the short stories are packed with all the details from the hunts he's done in the north country. After reading these stories you'll feel as though you were in the hunting party on his Alaskan forays. The stories are all concise so there is never a dull moment in the book. If you are a bow hunter, you may enjoy the book more as you can understand the work that is required of the bow hunter to be successful.
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