"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

Feathered Tales Feathered Tales: A Bird Hunter's Grand Slam Odyssey

This book chronicles the adventures author Jospeh A. Augustine shared with his two English setters, Jacy and Ranger, across seven hunting seasons, while they searched for a North American upland game bird grand slam.

This is not a how-to book, telling readers who to hunt with or where to go. "I wrote this book to tell a story-a good, old-fashioned adventure tale about some bird dogs, hunting and the life led while living a dream to complete my version of a 'grand slam' on North America's upland birds," Augustine writes. Along the way, you'll share Augustine's trials and tribulations in his effort to complete upland gunning's highest achievement, as well as his personal tale-one man's life on paper, the story of a region, a generation.

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Bird Crazy Bird Crazy!

"There lives not a hunter who doesn't enjoy a good yarn or story, especially if it rekindles memories," notes Wisconsin writer Robert Osborn. This collection of upland gunning stories from the prairies and great Northwoods, told by characters reminiscent of those found in MacQuarie, Babcock, Spiller and Sheldon, offers readers a warm-hearted, insightful, literate, wry, and (very) occasionally philosophical good yarn, full of belly laughs.

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Prairie Autumn Prairie Autumn

Culturally, biologically and historically prairie grasslands and the creatures connected to them helped shape North America's destiny, and continue to do so. Yet real prairie is vanishing; depending on location, between 99 and 35 percent of it is gone. In Prairie Autumn: A Midcontinent Quest for Heart & Soul, award-winning author John D. Taylor takes a hard look at North America's prairie; its past, present and future; the wildlife and people connected to these wild spaces, especially the upland game birds (sharptails, prairie chickens, sage grouse, quail, pheasants and Hungarian partridge) best explored over a brace of English setters.

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A Gentleman's Shooting Dog...Evolution of the Legendary Ryman English Setter A Gentleman's Shooting Dog...
Evolution of the Legendary Ryman English Setter

This uncommon book explores two parallel topics: One is the story of the legendary Ryman English setter, of one of oldest and finest lines of setters in North America; and how this dog-the ultimate meld of nose, legs, heart and brain-represents four lifetimes of shooting dog excellence. A secondary theme is a 30-season quest for self-discovery, a deeper look at what it means to gun upland game, to be a gentleman and shoot over fine dogs.

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Gunning the Eastern Uplands Gunning the Eastern Uplands

This picks up Dr. Charles Norris's classic, 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. An excellent blend of natural history, bird hunting adventures and a love of fine guns and dogs, it explores the East's unique past, links it to the present and offers some potential futures.

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Hunting with Hank: Side by Side in the Uplands Hunting with Hank:
Side by Side in the Uplands

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. A celebration of Hank, it offers readers a behind the scenes look at what went into the show and Dez's life with Hank.

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The Wild Ones The Wild Ones
A Quest For North America's Forest & Prairie Grouse

A place book, a people book, a dog book, a resource book-this fresh, well-written and beautifully illustrated book explores one family of North America's most popular game birds: the grouse. From the northern Minnesota aspen forests and grape-tangled Appalachian hillsides, to Montana sagebrush flats and the big empty of Dakota prairies, this book examines the thread connecting all grouse-wildness-and links the past, present and future of the birds to the places they call home.

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The Sporting Life The Sporting Life:
Stories of the Maine Outdoors and a Few From Far Away

This unique book's marries modern stories, a gun engraver's art and Vintager-era book design. The stories-topics include New England woodcock, Maine grouse, Tennessee quail, Vietnam-era Korean DMZ minefield pheasants, Vintager-style sea ducks, deer hunting, and angling for New England bluefish, smallmouths and trout-are exceptionally well-told personal sporting experiences from new author Al Poudrier. Gilding these lilies is master engraver Frank Conroy's artwork.

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Memory Rising: Hatches, Water & Trout Memory Rising: Hatches, Water & Trout

In a fine hatch of reminiscences from waters near and far, master hatch-matcher Charlie Meck skillfully collects a reflection on a half century's angling. Meck has fished with everyone from angling legends Vince Marinaro and George Harvey to Vice President Dick Cheney, and readers can count on hooking a good story here. Never pretentious, Meck is always learning something new about trout, insects, anglers and the way they all come together.

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Autumn Shadows: Outdoor Tales of the Supernatural Autumn Shadows: Outdoor Tales of the Supernatural

In 21 short stories, one of America's best-known outdoor writers, Joel M. Vance, explores upland bird hunting and fly fishing, turkey hunting and the ones that got away with a light touch of the supernatural. Vance calls these tales of hunting, fishing and small town life "ghost stories," yet this reads more like classic sporting literature. A perfect book for a rainy day in camp.

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Hunting North America's Upland Birds Hunting North America's Upland Birds

This personal and practical reference discusses gunning North America's major game birds, their habitat, conservation, guns, dogs and more.

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The Wild Ones (Print) The Wild Ones (Print)

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