"WHAT IS IT THAT CONFERS THE NOBLEST DELIGHT? What is that which swells a man's breast with great pride above which any other experience can bring him? Discovery! To know that you are walking where none others have walked; that you are beholding in the human eye has not been seen before; that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere. To give birth to an idea, to a discovery of great thought-an intellectual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain-plough had gone over before. To find a new planet, to invent a new hinge, to find a way to make the lightnings carry your messages. To be the first-that is the idea...." There are books so alive that you're always afraid that while you weren't reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?

MARK TWAIN
The Innocents Abroad (1869)



About our Name...
The king of upland game birds, the ruffed grouse, wears the scientific name Bonasa umbellus.
     Bonasa means "like a bison," and refers to the bird's drumming mating call sounding like a thundering herd of buffalo. Umbellus describes the umbrella-like Elizabethan ruff of black feathers around the bird's neck....
OUR BOOKS & PRINTS

Gunning the Eastern Uplands
LIMITED EDITION OF 150
• 6" x 9" Hardbound
• 570 text pp.
• Maps & Illustrations
• Leather covers
• 16 pp. color art/photo insert
• Author & artist sigs.
• $75
GUNNING THE EASTERN UPLANDS
John D. Taylor • Denny Burkhart Illustrations

        GUNNING THE EASTERN UPLANDS blends natural history, bird hunting adventures and a love of fine guns and dogs into a unified narrative. It begins following Dr. Charles Norris's classic 1946 Eastern Upland Shooting trail, to bring readers a fresh look at gunning ruffed grouse, quail, pheasants, doves, woodcock and wild turkeys east of the Mississippi River.
        Gunning ... examines the past, present and future of the East's bird hunting. It is divided into five segments, each focusing on a different aspect of the gunning experience: Book I focuses on Dr. Norris, his life and times, his book and his gunning; Book II looks at how the East's unique landforms and history relate to the birds and the gunning found there; Book III considers gun dogs, both the classic and modern Eastern dog, and shares a heart-touching experience winning the struggle against canine cancer and its aftermath; Book IV is a surprising quest for the ultimate bird gun; Book V's seven chapters look at each bird-pheasants, quail, grouse, woodcock, doves and turkeys-individually, recounting the bird's past, examining its current status, considering its future.
        Dennis Burkhart's (The Wild Ones and Hunting North America's Upland Birds) excellent illustrations and award-winning author John D. Taylor's words make this a fine addition to any gunning library.


        AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR of seven books, including Hunting North America's Upland Birds, The Wild Ones, Gunning the Eastern Uplands and A Gentleman's Shooting Dog..., JOHN D. TAYLOR, is a frequent contributor to Gun Dog, Upland Almanac, Pointing Dog Journal, and other magazines. Taylor lives in Columbia, Pa., with two DeCoverly English setters and an exceptionally understanding family.
Dennis Burkhart         DENNY BURKHART does his best work on subjects he pursues as an avid outdoorsman. Taylor and Burkhart often share days afield and creative ventures.