"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

The Wild Ones
LIMITED EDITION
• 6" x 9" Hardbound
• 265 text pp.
• 16-page color art/photo insert
• Author & artist sigs.
• $45

TRADE EDITION
• $25

THE WILD ONES
A Quest for North America's Forest & Prairie Grouse

John D. Taylor • Denny Burkhart Illustrations

        THE WILD ONES is a fresh, well-written, and beautifully illustrated look at one family of North America's most popular game birds: the grouse. Enriched by both natural history and personal experiences, this book centers around a quest for understanding the common element-wildness-that clearly connects North America's prairie and forest grouse with the wild places they call home.
        The Wild Ones links the past, present and future of the birds and the land. This is a place book, a people book, a dog book, a resource book... a book of experiences that travels from the northern Minnesota aspen forests, to grape-tangled Appalachian hillsides, to Montana sagebrush flats, and the big empty of Dakota prairie skies.
        This book includes ruffed grouse, blue grouse, and spruce grouse (forest grouse) and sharptailed grouse, sage grouse, and prairie chickens (prairie grouse.)