A Hunter's Road

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Softcover, 290 Pages.
A Journey with Gun and Dog Across the American Uplands

In an epic season of sport, Jim Fergus and his trusty Lab, Sweetzer, trek the mountains, plains, prairies, forests, marshes, deltas, and deserts of America.

There are estimated to be more than six million bird hunters in America, every one of whom has dreamed of the kind of epic hunting season that Jim Fergus lives in A Hunter's Road - 17,000 miles in 5 months, pursuing 21 different game bird species across 24 states. But one need not be a bird hunter to enjoy this picaresque adventure; and far more important than the statistics are the hundreds of miles on foot that Fergus and his trusty yellow Lab, Sweetzer, cover in the course of their longest season - tramping the mountains, plains, prairies, fields, forests, marshes, deltas, and deserts of America - both alone and with a host of memorable companions. A Hunter's Road profiles one man's personal journey into the romance of the open country, touching on the history, sociology, politics, and economics of bird hunting in America, while addressing the issue of hunting ethics and the burgeoning antihunting movement in this country - the latter, in Fergus's opinion, reflecting our increasing estrangement from the natural world. A thoughtful and sometimes troubling exploration of the health and well-being of what remains of the American countryside, A Hunter's Road is by turns poignant, humorous, lyric, opinionated, and unflinchingly honest. It is destined to become an American sporting classic.

A Hunter's Road is that rarest of books, a word journey that can one minute have you doubled over with laughter, and a few pages later leave you wiping a tear from your eye... Fergus, who by his own admission is not much of a crack shot, has hit the equivalent of a double with his pen.” ―Tom Dodge, Heartland USA

If you read just one sporting book this year, it should be A hunter's Road by Jim Fergus... An exceptional writer, he has an eye for country, an ear for dialogue, a feel for the rhythms of the heart." —Tom Davis, Sporting Classics

A series of sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious, always honest and heartfelt portraits from the notebooks of a sensitive hunter. Everyone who cares about birds and the land should but it, whether or not he or she hunts." —Stephen Bodio

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