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A Grouse Hunter’s Almanac: The Other Kind of Hunting

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"There are two kinds of hunting: ordinary hunting, and ruffed-grouse hunting."—Aldo Leopold, from A Sand County Almanac

Like that earlier grouse hunter Aldo Leopold, Mark Parman takes to the woods when the aspens are smoky gold. Here, in an evocative almanac that chronicles the early season of the grouse hunt through its end in the snows of January, Parman follows his dog t
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 18th 2010 by University of Wisconsin Press (first published September 6th 2010)
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Andrew Wayment
Nov 25, 2012 Andrew Wayment rated it really liked it
I just finished this book for the second time. It's a well written book about the pursuit of one of my favorite game birds, the ruffed grouse. This book contains both essays and stories from the author. While I enjoyed them all, I liked the stories best. My favorite chapters are: Paul's (because it reminds me of the place I first started hunting ruffies), The Mythical Bird (because I can't count the number of times I've been surprised by such birds), and Gunnar's Last Hunt (because of the ...more
Nate Thompson
Oct 17, 2016 Nate Thompson rated it it was amazing
An amazing book that illustrates why hunters are called sportsmen. Philosophical, deep, ethical, and seething with love for man's best friend. If Parman decides to put aside his biking hobby to pen another masterpiece like this, I'll be the weird guy camped out in front of the book store all by myself and my upland clothes.
Reading this book is sitting in any Wisconsin bar, listening to a hunter talk about his sport. There is plenty of gun-lust, dog love, and repetition of that one important story from just a slightly different angle. Still, these stories do have a great deal of interesting facts about the grouse, woodcock, and other local fauna. At heart, Parman is a conservationist and part of each of these tales is a walk in the north wood with an excellent guide. That said, a more attentive copy editor could ...more
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