Robert DeMott

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Robert DeMott


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in New Canaan, Connecticut, The United States
November 22, 1943

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DeMott is Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, an endowed position he was awarded in 1998. He holds membership with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, American Literature Association, the Jim Harrison Society, and the John Steinbeck Society of America. DeMott retired from full-time teaching in April 2007.

A lifelong fly fisherman, DeMott is an International Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor, a graduate of Western Rivers Professional Guide School, a member of both the American Museum of Fly Fishing and the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Anglers' Club of New York,and a life member of Trout Unlimited. He has
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“No matter how fast or slow the action, no matter how staunch or bedraggled the point, no matter how unerring or wayward the shots, our chief pleasure has always been in the shared experience of watching dogs work, anticipating the choreography of point, flush, and shot, but also looking sideways, too, carrying on animated conversations about everything under the sun, and perhaps more than anything else, storing up sustaining impressions and vivid memories to call up at times like this when the only hunt worth its name is the hunt for words.”
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“Few things taste better or deliver a more unalloyed experience than wild game we have killed, cleaned, and cooked ourselves (especially grouse, woodcock, teal, wood ducks - birds that simply cannot be domesticated, pen reared, or artificially farmed in any way, shape, or form.) Yet we also realize that, depending on one's degree of personal sensitivity, capacity for ironic reflection, or susceptibility to guilt, there is always that signal moment, when the dog delivers a dead bird to hand, that can occasion a haunting, unresolvable mix of "self-satisfaction and self-reproach," as Texas-born novelist William Humphrey says in Open Season: Sporting Adventures (1986), because "you hold in your hand the creature you both love and love to kill.”
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“For my money, training a pointing dog is really a matter of respecting and refining the dog's instincts, and then getting the hell out of the way. As a friend of mine, a first-rate professional handler in our Northeast Kingdom, once put it to me: "Some guys pay me $2,500 for training their bird dogs, but most of it should go into training them." Or, as the late Bill White of Washington County, Maine, once advised me when I was green to this business: Soon as you learn that your dog knows more than you do, you'll be ready to use him right." - Sydney Lea in the story 'Blessed'.”
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