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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.

yes I do Ben(and I've very appreciative of the time I spend there) , but I'm referring more to the big paper company stuff I hunt in Maine, Nh and XX, with much more regularity ..... paper company stuff, town forests, ..... plus the orchard ones arent mine so I practice DADT with them, regardless of whether the congress thinks its a good idea or not

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

Practical and informative. No flowery BS.

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I'm a big fan of Don and got to know him before he passed away.

Also followed his exploits through his weekly outdoor newspaper column.  He was the real deal.

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I think Upstar hit the nail. I have or have read most of the books in his list and in a moment of non-clarity gave him the set of Volk books. Oo.gif

I will say I have never been able to make it through the classic New England Grouse Shooting, by William Harnden Foster. Just painfully boring for me. But the pen/ink sketches are some of the best.

As far as GBE, I have quite a few of his books as well and enjoy them. My understanding after corresponding with people who have met him and Kay is that he isnt the pompus elitist he comes across as in his books. He was very gracious to my older brother who established an arrangement that he would get the same numbered edition of all GBE self published books.

I am no huge fan as I went a different road w/my stubby O/U's and woods pony flushers but to know the man I suggest reading George Bird Evans: Life of a Shooting Gentleman, by Catherine A. Harper

BUT and a big but, is that despite reading so many tombs on grouse hunting I still consider myself for the most part, self taught.

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I like the "how to" books. Here's just a few I can remember that were not mentioned.

These will probably become classics,

Hunting the Ruffled Grouses, by Pat Berry

Shooting the Ruffled Grouses, by Dave Furman

Missing More Birds, by Tim Kisieleski

Becoming a Better Camp Bitch, a Beginners Guide, by Kevin Montalto

Finding your Lost Brittany, by Kevin Montalto

Scream at Your Dog, the Polish Method, ghost written by Hunshatt

Frying your POSROTD, an E-Collar Guide, by Tim Kisieleski

Game Shooting Worser, by Dennis McFeeley

Dog Hair Seat covers, A Weavers Guide, by Ted Moore

How to Weasle your way into any Grouse Camp, by PartridgeCartridge

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Bare November Days. Its a compilation of stories and essays by Gene Hill, Michael McIntosh (Much more than just a gun writer by the way) Tom Davis, GBE and more.
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I like the "how to" books. Here's just a few I can remember that were not mentioned.

These will probably become classics,

Hunting the Ruffled Grouses, by Pat Berry

Shooting the Ruffled Grouses, by Dave Furman

Missing More Birds, by Tim Kisieleski

Becoming a Better Camp Bitch, a Beginners Guide, by Kevin Montalto

Finding your Lost Brittany, by Kevin Montalto

Scream at Your Dog, the Polish Method, ghost written by Hunshatt

Frying your POSROTD, an E-Collar Guide, by Tim Kisieleski

Game Shooting Worser, by Dennis McFeeley

Dog Hair Seat covers, A Weavers Guide, by Ted Moore

How to Weasle your way into any Grouse Camp, by PartridgeCartridge

look everybody, we've got a comedian on our hands

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I think I liked the Johnson book better than Walrod, they are very similar in the end.

You could probably go to the RGS bookstore and just start buying and not make many bad purchases.

I particularly like the Furtman book, solely about the bird which is what it is all about to me. No dog talk, no gun talk to get in the way just the bird and the places it lives the things it eats.

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I like the "how to" books. Here's just a few I can remember that were not mentioned.

These will probably become classics,

Hunting the Ruffled Grouses, by Pat Berry

Shooting the Ruffled Grouses, by Dave Furman

Missing More Birds, by Tim Kisieleski

Becoming a Better Camp Bitch, a Beginners Guide, by Kevin Montalto

Finding your Lost Brittany, by Kevin Montalto

Scream at Your Dog, the Polish Method, ghost written by Hunshatt

Frying your POSROTD, an E-Collar Guide, by Tim Kisieleski

Game Shooting Worser, by Dennis McFeeley

Dog Hair Seat covers, A Weavers Guide, by Ted Moore

How to Weasle your way into any Grouse Camp, by PartridgeCartridge

look everybody, we've got a comedian on our hands

well at least he didn't mention the perinaial favorite.... "the postholers guide to being a hermit in the uplands".....

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I like the "how to" books. Here's just a few I can remember that were not mentioned.

These will probably become classics,

Hunting the Ruffled Grouses, by Pat Berry

Shooting the Ruffled Grouses, by Dave Furman

Missing More Birds, by Tim Kisieleski

Becoming a Better Camp Bitch, a Beginners Guide, by Kevin Montalto

Finding your Lost Brittany, by Kevin Montalto

Scream at Your Dog, the Polish Method, ghost written by Hunshatt

Frying your POSROTD, an E-Collar Guide, by Tim Kisieleski

Game Shooting Worser, by Dennis McFeeley

Dog Hair Seat covers, A Weavers Guide, by Ted Moore

How to Weasle your way into any Grouse Camp, by PartridgeCartridge

look everybody, we've got a comedian on our hands

well at least he didn't mention the perinaial favorite.... "the postholers guide to being a hermit in the uplands".....

i've heard that's a quick read, it's 0 pages long

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I think Johnson's very good, for those from the Upper Midwest in particular.  Only met him once, not long before he passed away.  Nice guy.

I'm not sure I ever would have hunted grouse and woodcock had I not read Evans' "The Upland Shooting Life" (while living in Morocco, of all places).  That book influenced me to buy my first sxs--for better or worse!  He's controversial, as seen by what's been posted here.  But I think "The Upland Shooting Life" is well worth a read, as is his "The Ruffed Grouse Book", which is an anthology of chapters by writers going WAY back.

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I particularly like the Furtman book, solely about the bird which is what it is all about to me. No dog talk, no gun talk to get in the way just the bird and the places it lives the things it eats.

From your description I think I would like this too, but don't see anything by him in the RGS bookstore. What's the title?

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