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Season of the Gar
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Season of the Gar is a fang-infested, monster-headed, armor-plated romp through the prehistoric swamps and murky rivers of America’s most feared and demonized fish. Follow Mark Spitzer on his lengthy and often frustrating quest from Texas and Louisiana, Missouri, and Arkansas to catch his own gar. Read about his sometimes bizarre angling adventures in search of this air-breathing freshwater giant (up to ten feet in length and well over three hundred pounds) as he separates fact from fiction. Spitzer draws on folklore, science, history, his own pet gar, and even gar recipes to tell this unique and exciting literary eco-tale about a fish that has inspired imaginations for centuries, a fish many have hated, a fish many have thrown on the shore to die.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Gar Images
  2. p. ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xv
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  1. 1. Getting a Garfish
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. In Search of Massive Missouri Gar
  2. pp. 17-25
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  1. 3. Gar and Loathing in Texahoma
  2. pp. 27-35
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  1. 4. Gator vs. Gar
  2. pp. 37-42
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  1. 5. The Existential Fish-Life Crisis
  2. pp. 43-52
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  1. 6. When Gars Attack
  2. pp. 53-57
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  1. 7. Some Messy Nessie Gar Myths & Other Distortions
  2. pp. 59-64
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  1. 8. Mutant Gar Is Missing Link
  2. pp. 65-68
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  1. 9. How I Finally Bagged the Big One
  2. pp. 69-76
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  1. 10. Frankengar
  2. pp. 77-83
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  1. 11. Gar in the Balance
  2. pp. 85-103
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  1. 12. Arkansas Gar Wrangling
  2. pp. 105-115
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  1. 13. A Psychological History of the Arkansas Alligator Gar with Recommendations for Its Future
  2. pp. 117-142
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  1. 14. Long Live the Gar!
  2. pp. 143-156
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  1. Gar Recipes
  2. pp. 157-167
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