Greatest Hunting Stories Ever Told: Twenty-Nine Unforgettable Tales

Overview

"I don't regard nature as a spectator sport." -Ed Zern, 1985

Hunting is a serious business-but it's also about camaraderie, achievements and failures, seeing new places, and revisiting cherished ones. The true stories here feature a variety of game, in locations that range from high Yukon Territory mountain peaks to lowland swamps off of Mobile Bay, Alabama.

This is an indispensable volume for all lovers and students of the natural world. If your definition of home includes ...

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Overview

"I don't regard nature as a spectator sport." -Ed Zern, 1985

Hunting is a serious business-but it's also about camaraderie, achievements and failures, seeing new places, and revisiting cherished ones. The true stories here feature a variety of game, in locations that range from high Yukon Territory mountain peaks to lowland swamps off of Mobile Bay, Alabama.

This is an indispensable volume for all lovers and students of the natural world. If your definition of home includes fields and marshes, creeks and river bottoms, plains and mountains, consider this required reading.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
These two anthologies follow close behind a similar pair from last summer, Paul D. Staudohar's Fishing's Best Short Stories (LJ 7/00) and Hunting's Best Short Stories (Chicago Review, 2000). Hyperbole aside, all four are packed with fine prose from notable authors both classic and contemporary. That overlap between the competing counterparts is minimal just goes to show that fields and streams have been wonderful muses to many generations of writers. These diverse selections of short fiction and essays are enhanced by Underwood's informative prefatory remarks giving literary or historical context or adding some amusing anecdotes or interesting trivia. Underwood is a former editor-in-chief of Sports Afield and Outdoor Life and knew many of the authors personally. Patrick O'Brien, Thomas McGuane, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Ruark, Ben East, Charles Eliot, John Barsness, and Ed Zern are represented by separate contributions in both books. Major angling writers such as A.J. McClane, John Gierach, and Nick Lyons are in the Fishing book, of course, but there are also laudable pieces by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Le Anne Schreiber, and Zane Grey. The unanticipated outstanding authors in the Hunting volume include William Faulkner, Ivan Turgenev, and Theodore Roosevelt. The stories in both collections range from tender to raucous to knee-slapping hilarious. Highly recommended for all public libraries.--Will Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Every once in a while, a book publisher comes up with a great concept for a series of books that deserve more than superficial recognition. Such a series is "The Greatest Hunting Stories Ever Told", anthologies that should win places on many bedside tables. On the long winter nights that lie ahead, such stories make great reading."—The Lexington County Chronicle

"This is a book wrapped in adventure with nostalgia, a book with writing that both soothes and crackles. Besides being a solid volume on its own, it serves as a fine introduction to a variety of writers readers may pursue at length" — St. Mary's Press

"Few would quarrel with the selection of any of the 29 writers included as among the best in the game. ...The stories tell about the planning, the quests, the challenges, and the experiences that make hunting what it is. Hunters will find many passages that bring back recollections of their treasured moments in camp with good friends. Other stories may take readers to place and times they will visit only in their dreams" — The Conservationist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781493018529
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2015
  • Series: Greatest Series
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 280

Meet the Author

LAMAR UNDERWOOD, former Editor-in-Chief of Sports Afield and Outdoor Life magazines, is presently Editorial Director of the Outdoor Magazine Group of Harris Publications in New York. He has edited The Greatest Fishing Stories Ever Told, Man Eaters, The Bass Almanac, and The Quotable Soldier. He is the author of the novel, On Dangerous Ground.

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Table of Contents

(vii) INTRODUCTION by Lamar Underwood, (1) LAST SHELL IN THE RIFLE by Ben East, (2) THE DAWN FLIGHTING by Patrick O'Brian, (3) THE HEART OF THE GAME by Thomas McGuane, (4) IN FIELDS NEAR HOME by Vance Bourjaily, (5) RACE AT MORNING by William Faulkner, (6) SPIRIT OF THE NORTH by Thomas McIntyre, (7) MISTER HOWARD WAS A REAL GENT by Robert C. Ruark, (8) SLIM BOGGINS' MISTAKE by Havilah Babcock, (9) THE BLACK DEATH by Peter Hathaway Capstick, (10) OUT ON THE LAND by Charles Fergus, (10) THE NINETY-SEVEN by John Barsness, (11) TO THE OPEN WATER by Jesse Hill Ford, (12) PHEASANTS BEYOND AUTUMN by John Madson, (13) TRACKS TO REMEMBER by Tom Hennessey, (14) REMEMBERING SHOOTING-FLYING: A KEY WEST L0ETTER by Ernest Hemingway, (15) A BEARDED LEGEND: MY BEST ALL-TIME TROPHY by Charles Elliot, (16) THE WINGS OF DAWN by George Reiger, (17) SUSITNA MOOSE HUNT by Russell Annabel, (18) GREAT MORNING by Gene Hill, (19) DOG UPON THE WATERS by John Taintor Foote, (20) THE GAME OF THE HIGH PEAKS: THE WHITE GOAT by Theodore Roosevelt, (21) FORTY-CROOK BRANCH by Tom Kelly, (22) "POTHOLE GUYS, FRIZ OUT" by Gordon MacQuarrie, (23) THE FOREST AND THE STEPPE by Ivan Turgenev, (24) BOB WHITE, DOWN'T ABERDEEN by Nash Buckingham, (25) RAMS IN THE SNOW by Jack O'Connor, (26) ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT? by Robert F. Jones, (27) THE THAK MAN-EATER by Jim Corbett, (28) A MIXED BAG OF ZERN by Ed Zern

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