Lily Raff McCaulou lives in Bend, Oregon, where she writes a twice weekly column for the Bend Bulletin. In 2010, she completed a prestigious Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan, where she researched this book.
Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinnerby Lily Raff McCaulou
When Lily Raff McCaulou traded in an indie film production career in New York for a reporting job in central Oregon, she never imagined that she'd find herself picking up a gun and learning to hunt. She'd been raised as a gun-fearing environmentalist and an animal lover, and though a meat-eater, she'd always abided by the principle that harming animals is wrong. But Raff McCaulou's perspective shifted when she began spending weekends fly-fishing and weekdays interviewing hunters for her articles, realizing that many of them were more thoughtful about animals and the environment than she was.
So she embarked upon the project of learning to hunt from square one. From attending a Hunter Safety course designed for children to field dressing an elk and serving it for dinner, she explores the sport of hunting and all it entails, and tackles the big questions surrounding one of the most misunderstood American practices and pastimes. Not just a personal memoir, this book also explores the role of the hunter in the twenty-first century, the tension (at times artificial) between hunters and environmentalists, and new models of sustainable and ethical food procurement.
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Personal Tale of Love, Loss, & Hunting 'Call of the Mild' is a quick read, and at almost 300 pages I mean that as complimentary as possible. The author's style is fluid and effortless, her succinct description of what it is to move to a mountain (ski) town is spot on. Her descriptions of learning to hunt are humorous (particularly the hunter safety class), insightful, and educational. A memoir written in one's early 30s can often be suspect, Lily Raff McCaulou debunks that notion in the first few pages, and the rest is simply a joy to read. I look forward to more of her work, and wish her the best in life, regardless of if she is looking through a scope or not.
Excellent read! Signed up for a Becoming an Outdoors Woman as a result.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lily was very candid in sharing her thoughts and emotions throughout her journey of hunting. As a new hunter, I found myself thinking about the exact same things as I went through the process and when I finally killed an animal I experienced a wide range of emotions that I could not understand. Lily helped show me that everything I felt was completely normal. I highly recommend this book to hunters and non-hunters alike! She has some great points and thoughts that are good for everyone to think about in regards to the origins of the meat on our dinner plates.