Wingbeats and Heartbeats: Essays on Game Birds, Gun Dogs, and Days Afield

Wingbeats and Heartbeats: Essays on Game Birds, Gun Dogs, and Days Afield


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299294700
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 02/03/2014
Edition description: 1
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 999,322
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
Autumn Magic                                   
Completing the Picture                                  
The Unassuming Hun                        
Chukars Don't Come Easy                            
Sonoran Safari                        
Edgar's Bird                            
Jailhouse Blues                                  
Hunting the Sagebrush Sasquatch                              
Judge Owen Denny Day                               
An Ammunition Maker's Best Friend                                   
Don't Forget the Bear Spray                          
A Lonely, Wild Bird                          
Gentleman Bob                                  
Part II: Helpers in the Hunt
A Dog's Life                           
Dogs May Be Smarter than We Think                                  
Bird Dogs and Buzztails                                
Strange Happenings Afield                            
Second Chances                                 
Rite of Passage                                   
Part III: People and Places
A Nose for Valley Quail                                
Longtails and Liars                             
Taking One for the Team                               
Conjugal Bliss                        
Country Folks and City Slickers                               
The Hi-Line                           Sundown Roosters

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