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A Grouse Hunter’s Almanac
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"There are two kinds of hunting: ordinary hunting, and ruffed-grouse hunting."—Aldo Leopold, from A Sand County Almanac

 

Like that earlier grouse hunter Aldo Leopold, Mark Parman takes to the woods when the aspens are smoky gold. Here, in an evocative almanac that chronicles the early season of the grouse hunt through its end in the snows of January, Parman follows his dog through the changing trees and foliage, thrills to the sudden flush of beating wings, and holds a bird in hand, thankful for the meal it will provide. Distilling twenty seasons of grouse hunting into these essays, he writes of old dogs and gun lust, cover and clear cutting, climate change, companions male and female, wildlife art, and stumps. A Grouse Hunter’s Almanac delves into the mind of a hunter, exploring the Northwoods with an eye for more than just game.

 

Bronze Medalist, Foreword Magazine’s Sports Book of the Year

 

Winner, Sports and Recreation, Midwest Book Awards

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. Early Season
  2. p. 1
  1. Some August Day
  2. pp. 3-9
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  1. Grouse Opener
  2. pp. 10-14
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  1. The Bird
  2. pp. 15-21
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  1. Dogless
  2. pp. 22-25
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  1. In Praise of Old Dogs
  2. pp. 26-32
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  1. Scalopax minor
  2. pp. 33-38
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  1. Ox
  2. pp. 39-45
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  1. The Cycle
  2. pp. 46-51
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  1. How to Hunt Grouse
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. Midseason
  2. p. 55
  1. Flushing Wild
  2. pp. 57-60
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  1. Small Presents
  2. pp. 61-65
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  1. Hunting with Diana, Grousing Around with Susan
  2. pp. 66-73
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  1. Like Trees, Walking
  2. pp. 74-77
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  1. Costumes
  2. pp. 78-81
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  1. Paul’s
  2. pp. 82-86
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  1. On Wildlife Art
  2. pp. 87-89
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  1. Empty Hulls
  2. pp. 90-95
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  1. New Wood
  2. pp. 96-103
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  1. Sauntering Along
  2. pp. 104-109
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  1. The Mythical Bird
  2. pp. 110-114
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  1. Soul Food
  2. pp. 115-120
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  1. Shooting and Eating Locally
  2. pp. 121-126
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  1. Acres of Goods
  2. pp. 127-130
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  1. Cover(t)
  2. pp. 131-135
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  1. Gun Lust
  2. pp. 136-141
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  1. Shooting Flying
  2. pp. 142-147
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  1. The Ruffed Grouse Capital of the World
  2. pp. 148-153
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  1. Nine Mile Stump
  2. pp. 154-157
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  1. Knowing Our Limits
  2. pp. 158-162
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  1. Getting Lost, Staying Lost
  2. pp. 163-167
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  1. Late Season
  2. p. 169
  1. Confessions of a Grouse Hunter
  2. pp. 171-176
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  1. Grouse Weather
  2. pp. 177-183
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  1. A Fall of Woodcock
  2. pp. 184-189
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  1. Things Unseen
  2. pp. 190-193
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  1. Black Friday
  2. pp. 194-197
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  1. Narratives in the Snow
  2. pp. 198-202
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  1. The Beauty of Clear-Cuts
  2. pp. 203-206
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  1. Snow Walker
  2. pp. 207-212
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  1. The Last Day of the Season
  2. pp. 213-216
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  1. Gunnar’s Last Hunt
  2. pp. 217-221
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  1. Counting in Dogs
  2. pp. 222-224
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 225-227
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