Wingbeats and Heartbeats is a wingshooter's odyssey to the wild places where, at the end of the day, the companionship of faithful gun dogs and good friends matters more than a bulging game bag.
In this sometimes humorous and sometimes poignant collection of essays, Dave Books celebrates a time-honored connection to the land and the hard-earned hunting rewards of an outdoor life. Through these essays, readers tag along on adventures in the forests of Wisconsin and Minnesota, the fields of Iowa and North Dakota, the prairies of eastern Montana and Nebraska, the mountains of western Montana and Idaho, and the deserts of Arizona. Books also writes of the game birds that hunters pursue and admire: grouse, quail, woodcock, doves, chukars, Hungarian partridge, and waterfowl.
A heartfelt tribute to the freedom and magic of the hunt, Wingbeats and Heartbeats is a book that has much to say about work and fun, success and failure, and the sights, sounds, and smells of a day afield.
|Publisher:||University of Wisconsin Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Dave Books is an award-winning writer and former editor of Montana Outdoors. He has followed his gun dogs through forests, fields, and marshes across the Midwest, Northwest, and Southwest for close to forty years. His stories have appeared in Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Sporting Classics, Gun Dog, and The Upland Almanac.
Table of Contents
Part I: Upland Tales
Completing the Picture
The Unassuming Hun
Chukars Don't Come Easy
Hunting the Sagebrush Sasquatch
Judge Owen Denny Day
An Ammunition Maker's Best Friend
Don't Forget the Bear Spray
A Lonely, Wild Bird
Part II: Helpers in the Hunt
A Dog's Life
Dogs May Be Smarter than We Think
Bird Dogs and Buzztails
Strange Happenings Afield
Rite of Passage
Part III: People and Places
A Nose for Valley Quail
Longtails and Liars
Taking One for the Team
Country Folks and City Slickers
The Hi-Line Sundown Roosters