A Hunter's Heart: Honest Essays on Blood Sport


Without apology, the voices here speak of the verities of the hunt, our connections to the land, and the ethics of blood sport, with essays by the best writers in the field: Edward Abbey, Rick Bass, Tom Beck, Jimmy Carter, Jim Fergus, Barry Lopez, Peter Matthiessen, Tom McGuane, Richard K. Nelson, David Peterson, and Terry Tempest Williams.

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Without apology, the voices here speak of the verities of the hunt, our connections to the land, and the ethics of blood sport, with essays by the best writers in the field: Edward Abbey, Rick Bass, Tom Beck, Jimmy Carter, Jim Fergus, Barry Lopez, Peter Matthiessen, Tom McGuane, Richard K. Nelson, David Peterson, and Terry Tempest Williams.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is a search into the hunter's motives, the sometimes mystic connection between the hunter and food and, more fundamentally, an inquiry into our society's lost tethers to the natural world."-Los Angeles Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Petersen (Ghost Grizzlies) has assembled an outstanding collection of 41 essays that range from memoirs of the field to penetrating analyses of hunting ethics. Contributors include Jimmy Carter, Peter Matthiessen, Rick Bass, Edward Abbey, A.B. Guthrie Jr., Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams and a number of wildlife professionals. Their spirited defense of blood sport reflects more soul-searching than rebuttal of the antihunter lobby. One theme that resounds throughout is the necessity of knowledge of and respect for the prey. David Stalling writes about equipment technology; Ronald Jager goes hunting with Thoreau; Gary Wolfe tells us when not to shoot. On the subject of a bear-hunting controversy in Colorado, biologist Tom Beck points out that the real issue is hunter conduct, a social activity. Ann Causey asks whether hunting is ethical, and Jim Harrison writes about the violators. This collection deserves a prominent place on the nature bookshelf. (Sept.)
Library Journal
These 41 essays, some written especially for this collection, are all by people who hunt or have hunted, and each considers the ethics involved "in a spirit more of soul-searching explication than defensive rebuttal." The editor's intent is to encourage understanding among nonhunters and to raise the consciousness of hunters as well. There are big names hereEdward Abbey, A.B. Guthrie Jr., Jimmy Carter, Thomas McGuane, Jim Fergus, and Ted Kerasote among them. Most write of the West and about deer; some talk about a nearly spiritual experience; some berate slob hunters who hurt the cause; many are environmentally knowledgeable; some, such as Stephen Bordio and Barry Lopez, are eloquent and lyrical; and some have turned away from hunting. If folks who don't hunt or those who are against hunting are willing to dip into this, they might take a step toward much-needed dialog and understanding. Public libraries everywhere could use this book to encourage such beginnings.Roland C. Person, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805055306
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 428,164
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

David Peterson lives in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Finding Common Ground 1
Blood Sport 11
From The Blue Hen's Chick 17
Moose and Mangamoonga 21
Before the Echo 30
A Childhood Outdoors 35
The Call of the Climb 47
Deerskin 51
Venison Sandwiches 58
Climbing the Mountains After Deer 61
Hunting with Thoreau 69
Is Hunting Ethical? 80
I Like to Talk About Animals 90
If Elk Would Scream 96
Dealing with Death 102
In the Snow Queen's Palace 108
The Hunting Problem 113
Taking a Life 117
It Wouldn't Be the Same 125
Why Men Hunt 130
The Hunter's Spirit 136
The Hunter's Eucharist 143
A Hunter's Heart 150
The Heart of the Game 162
What the Hunter Knows 174
Space Age Technology, Stone Age Pursuit 182
An Appeal to Hunters 191
A Failure of the Spirit 200
The Violators 210
Dark Days in the Glass House 220
When Not to Shoot 224
Passion, Gifts, Rages 228
All Birds Flying 237
Paying for It 246
From A Hunter's Road 255
Dust to Dust 266
For a Handful of Feathers 272
Restoring the Older Knowledge 284
Another Country 295
Survival of the Hunter 299
From Arctic Dreams 310
The Face in a Raindrop 317
About the Contributors 327
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