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A Grouse Hunter's Almanac
The Other Kind of Hunting
Mark Parman

“There are two kinds of hunting: ordinary hunting, and ruffed-grouse hunting.”

—Aldo Leopold, from A Sand County Almanac

•Winner, Sports and Recreation, Midwest Book Awards
•Bronze Medalist, Sports, Foreword Magazine’s Books of the Year

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.

“Notable and quotable. Parman stakes out original territory and provides a vivid snapshot of the Northwoods.”—John Motoviloff, author of Wisconsin Wildfoods: 100 Recipes for Badger State Bounties

“Extremely rich and detailed. Parman puts forth original and genuine experiences.”—Richard Yatzeck, author of Hunting the Edges

“Regardless of whether you hunt grouse, or not, with or without a dog, carry a 28-gauge or double shotgun, there’s something in this hunter’s almanac for all who enjoy autumns in the north.”—Jerry Davis, syndicated outdoors columnist

Mark Parman with one of his favorite hunting dogs.Mark Parman is a member of the Ruffed Grouse Society and the Loyal Order of Dedicated Grouse Hunters. He is coauthor of Fat Tire Wisconsin: A Mountain Bike Trail Guide and teaches English and journalism at the University of Wisconsin–Marathon County. He has written for Sports Afield, Pointing Dog Journal, and other outdoor magazines.

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A guide for hunters and the curious alike.

September 2010

LC: 2010012963 SK
244 pp.   5.5" x 7.25"

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“While hunting I keep my dogs in focus and in mind, albeit rather obliquely much of the time, their noses substituting for my nose, their noses “seeing” the landscape and the birds therein. They are the text I read when I hunt, the translators of the woods, the link between the bird and me.”
—excerpt from
A Grouse Hunter’s Almanac


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