- Hardcover: 378 pages
- Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1st edition (December 31, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1883755085
- ISBN-13: 978-1883755089
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In 1932, Wallace Strange left a secure government job in Washington, D.C., to set up a commercial game farm in rural Wisconsin. Ambivalent about the project at first, his wife, Hazel, eventually became a full partner in the work. Her account of the period 1932-1946 is an engrossing story of the pursuit of a dream and a penetrating glimpse of rural life during the Depression. They were dirt-poor, struggling just to survive. On the first farm, in Door County, they raised pheasants and ducks to sell to state conservation departments and hunting clubs. To augment their meager income, they trapped, sold and shipped snowshoe hares by the thousands. The second farm, in Woods County, was in an isolated, marshy area; there they raised deer and wildfowl. Wallace was a pioneer in game management, a friend of Adolph and Olas Murie, Aldo Leopold and Sigurd Olsen. This is a rewarding story for readers interested in wildlife and the environment.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Wallace Grange was a wildlife management professional before it became a profession. In 1932, he gave up his job with the U.S. Biological Survey in Washington, D.C., to operate a game farm in Door County, Wisconsin. His wife, Hazel, was an invaluable accomplice and helpmate as he established a career in the captive breeding and live trapping of native animals. Her memoir recounts the financial, social, physical, and professional tribulations of restoring and managing wildlife during and after the Depression (1932^-46) in Door and Wood Counties, Wisconsin. The Granges guaranteed "live arrival" of species such as snowshoe rabbit, ruffled grouse, and white-tailed deer to wildlife sanctuaries. In 1961, Sandhill Game Farm became a crane and waterfowl sanctuary that would forever memorialize Wallace Grange's pioneering efforts in the new science of environmentalism. His wife's memoir is a witty, loving tribute to a husband who could read animals' heads as readily as she could read their hearts. Patricia Hassler
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As for the book, it is wonderful. We are really able to see her and her husband's lives as if we were there. They gave up city life to realize Wallace's dream: to have a wild game Farm. The part about them trying to save snowshoe rabbits in one state and ship them to another was so wonderfu, yet sad. She worked so hard and gave up the life she loved for the man she loved. She stuck by him and worked tirelessly to help him realize his dream. This is a story of a couple's lives, not a boring wildlife book. It takes place during the depression and they had so many hardships that it will sometimes make you cry but they never gave up. You will also laugh quite a bit throughout the book at her funny renditions of their lives and those of other's around them. This is truly one of the best books I've ever read and I read a lot. You will not be sorry if you read it too!