If You Didn't Bring Jerky, What Did I Just Eat: Misadventures in Hunting, Fishing, and the Wilds of Suburbia
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If You Didn't Bring Jerky, What Did I Just Eat: Misadventures in Hunting, Fishing, and the Wilds of Suburbia

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  97 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Whether he is accidentally cooking his brain with hand warmers or yanking his lure away from a trophy fish just before it takes the bait, Bill Heavey can do no right. For almost a decade, he has chronicled his incompetence on the back page of Field & Stream, where his hilarious dispatches about life as a hapless outdoorsman who lives in suburbia have earned him legions...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Grove Press (first published November 10th 2007)
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Feb 04, 2009 Justin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: outdoor sports enthusiasts
Shelves: fishing-etc, humor
Okay, I'm probably feeling a little generous giving this one 5 stars, but it's the best of its sort of thing I've read in a long time.

I think of Heavey as the F&S humor columnist. He's usually funny without being hilarious (there are touches of McManus here, but very few, and it's a pretty different aesthetic). Heavey plays the average guy well -- he's self-effacing, but he rarely makes himself into a complete idiot. He's a guy like you, except he gets to go cool places. And he also does thi...more
Easy read

You can pick up and put down at the breaks in this short story collection taking as much time as you want to finish.
Ken Hilton
A must read for anyone with interest in the outdoors, hunter or fisherman not required.
Reminiscent of Pat McManus, but with a style all his own.
Ted Knudson
What can I say, I was slowed down by the approaching hunting season. The need for field time, planning, and shopping for hunting goods was a distraction. I enjoyed the talents of Mr. Heavey (what a name, really? I guess if you're saddled with that moniker and use it to author in Field & Stream, you are committed!) Perfect bed time reading for the outdoorsman in your life.
Mar 06, 2010 Hope rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hope by: Greg and Emily
Shelves: nature
A friend recommended this because I like Pat McManus. Heavey is a very different writer than McManus, less laugh out loud humor, more subtle jabs. He spends far too much time describing the precise gear he uses for deer hunting or fishing. When he gets away from that, and into telling a real story, there are some gems; unfortunately for my taste, those stories are too few.
Dec 19, 2007 Gregg rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hunters and fishermen
I really enjoyed this book. It consists of self-effacing essays on the author's outdoor experiences. It is a lot of laughs. My only criticism is that way too many of the essays focus on deer hunting rather than on a variety of outdoor experiences. Heavey's (few) essays on fishing are really great
Really funny and oddly informative as this is a collection of funny anicdotes about hunting and all things outdoors. Each story was only about 2 pages long so this was my read-at-stoplights and at-the-drive-though book in the car.
This was a fun book to read. The author's writing style was simple and easy to read, but the mix of humor was perfect. Definitely recommend this book to the outdoorsman in your life.
David Spencer
A few surprisingly moving stories are thrown in with a collection of humorous anecdotes about the life of a modern outdoorsman. Nothing amazing but a pleasant diversion.
Kathy Nelson
Amusing anecdotes by a dedicated (if inept) outdoorsman. I found myself laughing (and at times crying) along with the author.
For all those hunters and fishers this is a great book that explains why we do what we do! Very funny
I don't hunt or fish, but I really liked this book. Some stories were funny, some were sad.
Great collection of works that go from hilarious to poignant and back.
You won't get it if you're not a hunter/fisher
Peter Schumacher
I enjoy Patrick McManus' writing much more.
One of the funniest books I have ever read.
Not as funny as Mcmanus but still good
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