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The thread on the Serious Grouse Hunting book got me to wondering, what are the books that a serious grouse hunter should read to get the most insight and useful information on pursuing The King? I know the names that get tossed around here and some of those books seem to be collectible these days, so maybe we should look at two categories: those books that are currently in print and those that are out of print.

After getting a solid list here, a poll might make sense to get a good feel for what the UJ brain trust considers the best of the best.

What say you, grouse hunters?

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Hunshatt
very little in the books I read seem to have much relevance to my hunting style. the old "classics" speak of farm stead and orchard  covers.... I still find those but I'm about 30 years to late. The new books remind me of pheasant hunting manifesto's.... about the only thing that I've learned much from (other than UJ) was the NorthWinds manuals.........this for practical, applicable information..... for feel good stuff, it's the old classics

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Briarscratch
As far as practical "how-to" books?  At the time I read it, about 4 years into the sport, I found Walrod's book to be very good.  The books I read prior were more focused on the midwest and Walrod's book was more geared to New England.

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rprovines
very little in the books I read seem to have much relevance to my hunting style. the old "classics" speak of farm stead and orchard  covers.... I still find those but I'm about 30 years to late.

Oh well ****, just rush right to the keyboard and write ya a ******* book, anyone can do it, it's popular. People will think you're pretty hot sh!t. It's the next natural step in your upland evolution.

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Uplander

I'm a firm believer that more can be gained by reading the "classics" than strictly the more technical "how-to" books.  My suggestions (in no particular order) of books that a pa'tridge hunter (who likes books) might want to have on his shelf is as follows:

New England Grouse Shooting, by William Harnden Foster

Grouse Feathers, by Burton Spiller

More Grouse Feathers, by Burton Spiller

Grouse Feathers Again, by Burton Spiller

Ruffed Grouse, by John Alden Knight

Partridge Shortenin', by Grandpa Grouse

Stick-Season Grouse, by Ted Ross

Hunting the Sun, by Ted Lundrigan

A Bird in the Hand, by Ted Lundrigan

Grouse and Lesser Gods, by Ted Lundrigan

A Grouse Hunter's Almanac, by Mark Parman

The Ruffed Grouse, by Frank Edminster

Ruffed Grouse, by Sally Atwater and Judith Schnell

You'll note that I have no George Bird Evans in my suggested list.  I know many here consider him a major deity in the pa'tridge hunting world, but I can't abide his writing style, and am not a believer in many of the ideas he held.  Which is kind of ironic given that the fellow (Mark Jeffrey Volk) who I consider to have written the best set of all-around pa'tridge hunting/trout fishing/country living/sportsman books in more than a generation (The Upland Way, The Hickory Wind, Homesick, Pages from a Mountain Journal Vols I & II) is greatly influenced by Evans.   :upside:

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WI Brookie Guy
I'm a firm believer that more can be gained by reading the "classics" than strictly the more technical "how-to" books.  My suggestions (in no particular order) of books that a pa'tridge hunter (who likes books) might want to have on his shelf is as follows:

New England Grouse Shooting, by William Harnden Foster

Grouse Feathers, by Burton Spiller

More Grouse Feathers, by Burton Spiller

Grouse Feathers Again, by Burton Spiller

Ruffed Grouse, by John Alden Knight

Partridge Shortenin', by Grandpa Grouse

Stick-Season Grouse, by Ted Ross

Hunting the Sun, by Ted Lundrigan

A Bird in the Hand, by Ted Lundrigan

Grouse and Lesser Gods, by Ted Lundrigan

A Grouse Hunter's Almanac, by Mark Parman

The Ruffed Grouse, by Frank Edminster

Ruffed Grouse, by Sally Atwater and Judith Schnell

You'll note that I have no George Bird Evans in my suggested list.  I know many here consider him a major deity in the pa'tridge hunting world, but I can't abide his writing style, and am not a believer in many of the ideas he held.  Which is kind of ironic given that the fellow (Mark Jeffrey Volk) who I consider to have written the best set of all-around pa'tridge hunting/trout fishing/country living/sportsman books in more than a generation (The Upland Way, The Hickory Wind, Homesick, Pages from a Mountain Journal Vols I & II) is greatly influenced by Evans.   :upside:

If you had Gordon Gullion's Grouse of the North Shore on your list, I would've sworn that you lifted mine from another website.   :<img src=:'>

I also agree with your assessment on GBE.

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Bryan Lee

I'm a firm believer that more can be gained by reading the "classics" than strictly the more technical "how-to" books.  My suggestions (in no particular order) of books that a pa'tridge hunter (who likes books) might want to have on his shelf is as follows:

New England Grouse Shooting, by William Harnden Foster

Grouse Feathers, by Burton Spiller

More Grouse Feathers, by Burton Spiller

Grouse Feathers Again, by Burton Spiller

Ruffed Grouse, by John Alden Knight

Partridge Shortenin', by Grandpa Grouse

Stick-Season Grouse, by Ted Ross

Hunting the Sun, by Ted Lundrigan

A Bird in the Hand, by Ted Lundrigan

Grouse and Lesser Gods, by Ted Lundrigan

A Grouse Hunter's Almanac, by Mark Parman

The Ruffed Grouse, by Frank Edminster

Ruffed Grouse, by Sally Atwater and Judith Schnell

You'll note that I have no George Bird Evans in my suggested list.  I know many here consider him a major deity in the pa'tridge hunting world, but I can't abide his writing style, and am not a believer in many of the ideas he held.  Which is kind of ironic given that the fellow (Mark Jeffrey Volk) who I consider to have written the best set of all-around pa'tridge hunting/trout fishing/country living/sportsman books in more than a generation (The Upland Way, The Hickory Wind, Homesick, Pages from a Mountain Journal Vols I & II) is greatly influenced by Evans.   :upside:

Uppie?? I must admit that you have a fine list.

however....

I am shocked and dismayed that you do not have "The Whispering Wings of Autumn" by Gene Hill & Steve Smith

Shame shame :<img src=:'>

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Skybuster

I'll add four more to the list above:

The Grouse Hunter's Almanac by Chris Dorsey

Grouse and Grouse Hunting by Frank Woolner

The Gallant Grouse by Cecil E. Heacox

Drummer in the Woods by Burton Spiller

All but Dorsey are/were Easterners

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Checo
I enjoyed Woolner's book on grouse hunting (mentioned above).  I also enjoyed his book on woodcock hunting.  Briar mentioned Walrod's book, also a good read.

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henryrski
Number 3 on GBE. He was a pompous ass IMO.

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DennisMcFeely

Any book by Tom Word.

Actually he hasn't written any grouse hunting books I'm aware of I just thought I'd throw in a plug  :p  as I believe him to be the singular most talented writer and storyteller among the recommended authors I've read so far on bird hunting/trialing.

* Foster's book is the gift that keeps on giving IMHO.

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brushbuster

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The Ruffed Grouse

Altwater and Schnell

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Ben Hong
the old "classics" speak of farm stead and orchard  covers.... I still find those but I'm about 30 years to late.

Tim I am surprised that you feel that way. You spend quite a bit of time with some backwoods NBers dontcha? We still mainly hunt grouse in the farmsteads and orchards.

The Cote boys in a farmstead/orchard.DSC_0038.JPG

Typical abandoned roadside orchard.

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As far as reading books is concerned, I believe that there is more practical information to be gleaned by spending the time perusing thread in this forum.

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Guest

Grouse  & Woodcock: A Gunner's Guide by Don Johnson

Practical and informative. No flowery BS.

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valuman
As far as reading books is concerned, I believe that there is more practical information to be gleaned by spending the time perusing thread in this forum.

Oh, I have learned much about birds from this forum and will continue to read it. Hell, I think I'm a UJ addict at this point, but there are times when a book feels better in my hands than a laptop and there's no internet at camp either. I guess I'm just a little old fashioned too.  :<img src=:'>

What a great list of books you guys have going here, too many for a poll I think. Maybe someone could list their top ten in a poll?

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