Misery Loves Company: Waterfowling and the Relentless Pursuit of Self-Abuse

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This book takes a fun-filled look at the foibles, follies, pratfalls, and unpredictable world of the duck hunter, from the time his alarm rings at 3:00 a.m. until he stumbles into freezing marsh water two hours later, swamping his waders but not dampening his enthusiasm for the sport. Why do duck hunters do it? Sit in driving rain for hours awaiting ducks that may never come? Shiver in freezing boats and blinds in the most inaccessible, not to mention inhospitable, environs ...

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Overview

This book takes a fun-filled look at the foibles, follies, pratfalls, and unpredictable world of the duck hunter, from the time his alarm rings at 3:00 a.m. until he stumbles into freezing marsh water two hours later, swamping his waders but not dampening his enthusiasm for the sport. Why do duck hunters do it? Sit in driving rain for hours awaiting ducks that may never come? Shiver in freezing boats and blinds in the most inaccessible, not to mention inhospitable, environs imaginable?
Author-photographer Bill Buckley writes about these magic moments with humor and verve, but it is his brilliant color photographs that steal the show. The hapless hunter who watches helplessly as his partner's Suburban backs out of the driveway-and over the gun case that holds his favorite shotgun. Click! The faithful retriever that elegantly lifts its leg and makes a sop of the hunter's blind bag. Click! And the pained expressions on the faces of duck hunters caught in the act of "enjoying" their favorite sport. Click.
Waterfowlers who sometimes question their own sanity can now take heart. "It's all right," Buckley writes, "if you like standing in swamp muck for hours on end. It's okay if your family thinks you're weird. Who cares if your girlfriend diagnoses you as obsessive-compulsive or sadomasochistic?
The important thing is, you're not alone."

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"After giving Buckley's little gem the once-over, I'm convinced that every duck camp should have a copy of Misery Loves Company on the coffee table."
—Glynn Harris, The News Star

"If Buckley's images of duck and goose hunters suffering grievously for their sport don't trigger a laugh-out-loud attack of self-recognition¿Well, you've never broken through a frozen marsh in leaky waders, used your gunstock as a paddle, mired your pickup to the axles, or turned around from fiddling with a cranky outboard to witness the truly horrific sight of your dog scarfing the last of what, just a few minutes ago, was a full box of Krispy Kremes."
—Tom Davis, Sporting Classics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780961727987
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 977,204
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 7.39 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Buckley is a professional outdoor photographer and writer who lives in Bozeman, Montana. His work has been published in numerous outdoor publications, including Ducks Unlimited magazine, Gray's Sporting Journal, Shooting Sportsman, and others. He is the author/photographer of another Ducks Unlimited book, The Waterfowler's World.

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  • Posted June 14, 2009

    Entertaining! Fun Pictures!

    I gave this book to my husband, an avid duck hunter. He calls himself the "Duck Commander". This is a super fun book with great pictures of the life of water fowl hunting. He has passed the book around to his other hunting buddies! Definitely worth the laughs he gets from the book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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