"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....
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Hunting with Hank
TRADE EDITION
• $20
HUNTING WITH HANK
Side by Side in the Uplands

Dez Young • Chris Smith Illustrations

        HUNTING WITH HANK chronicles the six-season adventure that Dez Young, of television's Outdoor Life Network, shared with his King Llewellin setter, Hank, during the taping of 67 episodes of "Hunting with Hank" for the television network.
        From their first season together until their final scene, Dez and Hank shared hunting adventures with a variety of companions across much of the West, and this book celebrates Hank's memory in a very meaningful and touching way, sharing what went into producing the show both in font of the cameras, as well as behind them.
        Television production issues, for example, make hunting for the camera far different from hunting for a day a-field; yet Dez and Hank's experiences both on and off camera give the reader a behind-the-scenes look at just what putting a show together involves. "Producing" birds for the shot takes on a whole new meaning...
        This book-and the show- worked hard to capture Young's deeply-held philosophy: Long before the beginning of this century, and right up through the great outdoor authors of our time, hunting the uplands was always written about with great passion. The stories weren't about the number of birds taken, but focused on good companions, beautiful scenery and, of course, great bird dogs.
        "Hunting with Hank"-both show and this book-follow this in this tradition.
        Lavishly illustrated with photographs and art, the book is a fine reflection of a very memorable companion and days shared afield.

Dez Young         A left-handed pitching prospect for pro baseball in high school, DEZ YOUNG was all set for the pros; but a funny thing happened along the way.... He became a professional singer, a career move that eventually led him toward television.
        His first television show-for children-was in 1966. Following this, he began hosting and producing a weekday talk-variety show. Following college, he entered business and co-founded a marketing agency. His work included teaching corporate clients business presentation skills, something that sparked Young Communications, a business presentation skills training provider. The idea for "Hunting With Hank" came in 1995, when Dez, dissatisfied with the type of outdoor shows he was seeing, produced a pilot episode for the Outdoor Life Network. The seven-show first season of "Hunting with Hank" aired in 1997, with eight additional shows in 1998, and the first full season of 13 shows in 1999. The rest, as this book reveals, is Hank and Dez's history.
        Dez says he's been very fortunate in accomplishing his goals. However, these would mean nothing without someone to share them with. For Dez, his wife, Karenanne Swift, is that person. "She's beautiful, intelligent and a terrific step-mom to my two grown children, Glenn and Stacy," says Dez. "Without Karenanne's support and love I wouldn't have started Young Communications, and 'Hunting With Hank' would never have been born."


Chris Smith         CHRIS SMITH is a Michigan wildlife artist and author who has illustrated more than a dozen book, and serves as contributing artist for The Retriever Journal and Shooting Sportsman.