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How to Catch a Pig

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Time was, a man had to know certain things in this life. He had to use his callused hands and the knowledge passed down through the generations to carve a homestead from the wilderness and to feed his family by hunting and trapping animals or coaxing crops from the earth. But today, as men trade hammer and ax for computer and fax, and a cabin in the woods for a place in the burbs, these manly skills are in danger of disappearing forever.

To the rescue comes Denis Boyles, ...

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Overview

Time was, a man had to know certain things in this life. He had to use his callused hands and the knowledge passed down through the generations to carve a homestead from the wilderness and to feed his family by hunting and trapping animals or coaxing crops from the earth. But today, as men trade hammer and ax for computer and fax, and a cabin in the woods for a place in the burbs, these manly skills are in danger of disappearing forever.

To the rescue comes Denis Boyles, columnist for Men's Health magazine, with a priceless treasury of forgotten lore and dozens of projects designed to rekindle that dying ember of machismo. Culled from U.S. government pamphlets, turn-of-the-century publications and old scouting manuals, this guide to lost lore contains projects on camping, hunting and fishing, farming and much more. Such skills as sending smoke signals, tracking a bobcat or moose, turning a bike into a steam-powered motorcycle and building a cozy log cabin are all included. In a world full of mama's boys, The Lost Lore of a Man's Life is the ultimate guide to reclaiming a man's lost heritage.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780060952242
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/31/2075
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Denis Boyles is the author of African Lives; Man Eaters Motel; Superior, Nebraska; and several books on living a manly life. He lives in rural France, where pigs sniff out thousand-dollar truffles.

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How to Catch a Pig

ChapterOne

To Successfully Enjoy a Trip into the Woods

What compels a man to leave hearth and home and venture into the embrace of Nature where danger and discomfort are the commonest forms of wildlife? It is nothing but a love for Creation and for all the creatures in it.

If you go out, travel light...but right. There's a great deal of difference in these words, just as much as between roughing it versus smoothing it. And if you follow these pages we shall endeavor to point out clearly to you the easiest way to obtain the right outfit, and to gain therefrom the fullest amount of comfort, pleasure, and benefit from a journey out-of-doors.

We omit nothing essential. We point out plainly how and what to provide, thus enabling you to provide for your every possible want, to live comfortably and well, and to receive from a minimum of cost and preparation a maximum of results from an outfit, simple in the extreme, yet one that with ordinary care will serve its purpose completely, and last you for many a long trip again besides.

Camp Clothing Outfit

See also our article on Camp Clothing and our advice in A Man's Life. The Complete Instructions.

For each person (sufficient for a month's trip or more):

1 suit of old serviceable woolen clothes.
1 extra pair of pants or overalls.
2 woolen or flannel overshirts.
2 suits of flannel underwear.
2 pair socks.
2 towels.
2 handkerchiefs.
1 featherweight rain cape.
1 empty pillowcase.
1 pair strong boots or shoes.
1 pair camp moccasins or slipper-shoes.
1 pair serviceable leggings.
1 broad-rim softfelt hat.
1 cape cap.
1 mosquito net.
1 woolen sweater.
1 pair suspenders.
1 ditty bag and contents (toilet articles, etc.).
1 combination camp bed, mattresses, blankets, and carry-all (four in one). (See Camp Combination.)

Wear part of the above and roll up the balance in carry-all as shown. Size of roll, 12 x 24 inches; weight, 15 pounds.

Carry on your person these items:

1 water cooling canteen.
1 reliable hunting knife.
1 waterproof safety match box (filled).
1 reliable pocket compass.
A copy of this manual in your pocket.
Pipe and tobacco if you smoke.
Your gun or rod, if you hunt or fish.
How to Catch a Pig. Copyright © by Denis Boyles. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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