Illumination in the Flatwoods: A Season with the Wild Turkey

Illumination in the Flatwoods: A Season with the Wild Turkey

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by Joe Hutto
     
 

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When Joe Hutto began his experiment in imprinting two dozen wild turkey—in the tradition of the great animal behaviorist, Konrad Lorenz—he had no idea that it would change his life. Told with skill and humor, and vibrating with the natural wonders of the Florida flatwoods, Illumination in the Flatwoods will amaze and enrich all who share this season with

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When Joe Hutto began his experiment in imprinting two dozen wild turkey—in the tradition of the great animal behaviorist, Konrad Lorenz—he had no idea that it would change his life. Told with skill and humor, and vibrating with the natural wonders of the Florida flatwoods, Illumination in the Flatwoods will amaze and enrich all who share this season with the wild turkey.

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"Hutto beautifully chronicles an audacious, inventive experiment in ethology. It is an extraordinary tale of man-animal interaction related with bemusement, wonder, and, ultimately, reverence for the complexity of nature."—Kirkus Reviews "Joe Hutto has with empathy and patience entered the wild turkey's world like no one before. His insight is a revelation and his writing a delight."—George B. Schaller"Beautifully written and observed, Illumination in the Flatwoods is a work of art worthy of its subjects. The book takes us to a place we might never have even dreamed and gives our minds the courage to believe things our hearts have always known."—Rick Bass"This book is all about turkeys, and yet you will come away from it thinking not about poults and jakes but about the overlap of art and science, the difference between love and sentiment, and what fine creatures humans can be when they are at their best."—Bailey White"Hutto's book will join Gavin Maxell's Ring of Bright Water and Joy Adamson's Born Free as a classic work of natural history and human-animal interaction. . . . Hutto's prose flows with lyrical beauty, carried on the respect and deep love he holds for his charges."—Bird Watcher's Digest
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Wildlife artist Hutto embarked on an unusual study of wild turkeys: he obtained two dozen eggs, incubated them and imprinted himself on the hatchlings, with unexpected results. It was, he says, exhausting, enlightening and one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. His account of raising the brood is an engaging story of an unlikely relationship between species. For six months Hutto spent nearly every waking moment with the young turkeys (four males and 10 females reached maturity), accompanying them on walks in the flatlands of northern Florida, roosting with them at night (until they went to sleep) and observing their behavior. By late summer, he felt so much a part of the flock that smooth green grasshoppers began to look appetizing. In October, Hutto's flock met native wild turkeys, and they dispersed. In an epilogue, he tells how they fared. This tale should have wide appeal to hunters and nature- and animal-lovers. Who would have dreamed turkeys could be so interesting? Illustrations not seen by PW. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Naturalist/wildlife artist Hutto describes a summer spent raising a flock of imprinted wild turkeys in the flatwoods of north Florida, trying to understand the biology of this wary and little-known bird. The book consists of excerpts from Hutto's journal and accounts of the natural history of the area. There are some interesting insights into turkey behavior, but, unfortunately, they are separated by far too many repetitive accounts of forays into the old field or the creek near the cabin. Much of the material is highly anthropomorphic, detracting from its value as scientific documentation. Distilled, it would make either several good journal articles or a good popular book, but it is not recommended in its present form for either wildlife biologists or general readers.-Bruce Neville, Univ. of Texas at El Paso Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599211978
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
386,231
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Joe Hutto is a nationally recognized naturalist and wildlife artist. He is currently living with and studying a herd of mule deer in the Wind River Mountains. His last study of a wild sheep herd culminated in the book A Light in High Places. He and his wife, Leslye, own and operate a small, historic working ranch.

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Illumination in the Flatwoods: A Season with the Wild Turkey 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Find the edition with color photographs. Makes all the difference and the new editions do not have them.
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KeK5 More than 1 year ago
A book about raising wild turkeys is a good read? Yes! The author's knowledge about nature, his patience and ability to take you there really made this such a good book. It was a selection for our book club and there wasn't a person who didn't truly enjoy it.
Phyllis_L More than 1 year ago
An amazing story. The author even says he feels at times more like an anthropologist who is assimilating into turkey society.
Fat_46 More than 1 year ago
To be upfront concerning this review: I am a hunter, and read this book with the primary goal of getting a better understanding of these magnificent birds. That being said, the book was well written and flowed very nicely, with the author adding interesting commentary to his factual observations. Aside from the insight gained concerning turkey behavior, this book solidified the reasons I prefer to spend my time outside. I would highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the natural world we live in.
aij More than 1 year ago
Joe Hutto writes beautifully, and not only about the turkeys that are the main focus of this book; see for example his description of the hooded warbler in his entry for Aug. 18th. His love for his turkeys shines through, and along the way we learn much, enjoyably, not only about turkeys but also about other creatures, Florida, plants, and life.
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Maertel More than 1 year ago
Hard to believe that anyone with compassion, love, and respect for animals would want to kill wild turkeys after reading this. The author has opened many passages to understanding which make any interactions with animals, from your own pets to the ones we only sense may be there, a whole lot deeper. It would be good to know if there was ever more contact after the book was written...?
Guest More than 1 year ago
a must read for every turkey hunter. i was fascinated at the experiences and relationships formed between man and wild turkey. i couldnt put this book down!!!!