Upland Autumn: Birds, Dogs, and Shotgun Shells

Upland Autumn: Birds, Dogs, and Shotgun Shells

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by William G. Tapply
     
 

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William Tapply was a devoted and passionate grouse hunter, who took his twenty-gauge Parker, his gundog, and a friend or two and roamed the hills and valleys of New England every autumn, seeking an elusive bird not much larger than your hand.

In this collection of twenty stories, all previously published in such magazines as Field & Stream and Shooting

Overview

William Tapply was a devoted and passionate grouse hunter, who took his twenty-gauge Parker, his gundog, and a friend or two and roamed the hills and valleys of New England every autumn, seeking an elusive bird not much larger than your hand.

In this collection of twenty stories, all previously published in such magazines as Field & Stream and Shooting Sportsman, Tapply takes us along as he explores new coverts, tromps through old ones, makes great shots and memorable misses, and reminisces with old friends about hunting in the good old days. Through these pages, you’ll meet Tapply’s father, a Field & Stream contributor who took young Bill along on hunts and taught him not only how to shoot, but also how to appreciate the woods, the waters, and an elusive little bird that has such a devoted following. You’ll also get to meet the friends of Bill’s father, men such as Frank Woolner and Burton Spiller, men who helped establish the traditions associated with upland bird hunting. And, of course, you’ll get to hunt with Tapply’s dogs, including Burt, his faithful Brittany.

Tapply’s knack for evoking the subtle, telling details of people, places, and things will hit home with every reader. If you yearn for crisp autumn days, blazing foliage, the tinkle of a dog’s bell in thick cover, and the explosive whir as a grouse blasts into the air; if the smell of woodsmoke, apple orchards, and gunpowder stirs something in your soul; then Upland Autumn is the book for you.

Editorial Reviews

Every season for over 30 years, novelist William Tapply has gone "a'hunting" in the Great Northeast. Accomplished as both a hunter and an outdoor writer, he shares his favorite experiences as a bird hunter in this collection of stories. Choice fireside reading.
Boston Globe
“Tapply is a writer with a fine eye and an acute sense of place.”
Midwest Book Review
“William G. Tapply is a superstar.”
Booklist
The late Tapply shows us that he is as insightful, articulate and witty when writing about hunting in New England as he is in his Brady Coyne and Stoney Calhoun mystery series.... Fans of Tapply’s writing about fishing will recognize in these hunting essays Tapply’s signature sensitivity to the natural world.— John Rowen
Ted Leeson
“Bill Tapply is...unassuming and funny, practical and wry.”
Jay Cassell
“Bill Tapply is a terrific writer.”
John Rowen - Booklist
“The late Tapply shows us that he is as insightful, articulate and witty when writing about hunting in New England as he is in his Brady Coyne and Stoney Calhoun mystery series.... Fans of Tapply’s writing about fishing will recognize in these hunting essays Tapply’s signature sensitivity to the natural world.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781626361331
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
551,803
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

William G. Tapply (1940–2009) was the author of thirty mystery and suspense novels; a dozen books about hunting and fishing, including Trout Eyes; and hundreds of articles, stories, and essays about bird hunting, fly fishing, writing, and other subjects for numerous publications. He was a columnist for American Angler, a contributing editor for Field & Stream, and Upland Almanac and a regular contributor to Gray’s Sporting Journal and Shooting Sportsman.

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Upland Autumn: Birds, Dogs, and Shotgun Shells 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Chiwawa More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read.