Wild Thing: Backcountry Tales and Trails

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Wild Thing is a latent spirit that lures the author into the mountain backcountry of Idaho. Over the next forty-five years he rides some 8,000 miles by horse and mule, paddles 4,000 miles of whitewater, and snowshoes and skiis 2,500 miles in pristine wilderness. Join him on adventures and humorous mishaps as he runs wild rivers, hunts big game, and challenges an Idaho governor. Learn how to handle rattlesnakes, survive overnight in the mountains at ten below zero, make dandelion wine, stock fish from an airplane,...
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Overview

Wild Thing is a latent spirit that lures the author into the mountain backcountry of Idaho. Over the next forty-five years he rides some 8,000 miles by horse and mule, paddles 4,000 miles of whitewater, and snowshoes and skiis 2,500 miles in pristine wilderness. Join him on adventures and humorous mishaps as he runs wild rivers, hunts big game, and challenges an Idaho governor. Learn how to handle rattlesnakes, survive overnight in the mountains at ten below zero, make dandelion wine, stock fish from an airplane, and construct a camp latrine with a heated seat. Discover the mystery of floating rocks and the utility of moonshine whiskey. Enjoy recipes for beer pancakes and elk jerky. And experience the peculiar embarrassment of frying the state record trout for breakfast.

Wild Thing is at once a funny, lively discourse on life in the Idaho wilds, and a very personal account of the work of Idaho Fish and Game officials, people we too often dehumanize as uncaring bureaucrats. You will change your opinion after you read Stacy Gebhards' account of his life serving the residents of his adopted state.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780874221824
  • Publisher: Washington State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Wild Thing xi
1 The Search 1
2 Out West, Somewhere 9
3 River of No Return 17
4 High Mountain Trout 27
5 Encounters Number Eight and Nine 33
6 Blue Lights on Whitewater 37
7 The Sound of Music and Politicians 41
8 Rivers, Rattlers, and Floating Rocks 49
9 Cookbook Mountain 57
10 Backcountry Citizenry 75
11 Beaver Fever 79
12 Winter Secrets 83
13 The Lenticulars are Coming 99
14 Saddles and Sores 103
After word: The Missing Piece 127
About the Author 129
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