By Mark Parman
''There are sorts of looking: traditional searching, and ruffed-grouse hunting.''—Aldo Leopold, from A Sand County Almanac
Like that prior grouse hunter Aldo Leopold, Mark Parman takes to the woods whilst the aspens are smoky gold. the following, in an evocative almanac that chronicles the early season of the grouse hunt via its result in the snows of January, Parman follows his puppy in the course of the altering timber and foliage, thrills to the surprising flush of thrashing wings, and holds a chook in hand, grateful for the meal it's going to offer. Distilling twenty seasons of grouse searching into those essays, he writes of previous canine and gun lust, conceal and transparent slicing, weather switch, partners female and male, flora and fauna artwork, and stumps. A Grouse Hunter’s Almanac delves into the brain of a hunter, exploring the Northwoods with an eye fixed for greater than simply game.
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It will be difﬁcult not to compare Fergus with his elders and difﬁcult not to wish for an old, steady dog. Nevertheless, he has pawed his way into our hearts and lives as he writes his own stories. Scolopax minor ne of my sharpest woodcock memories is of an unfortunate bird hanging from a power line, its bill trapped in the braided high wire. It looked as though it had been executed or strung high up there by a sadist. It was early April, and the bird had certainly been migrating north along the road, probably at night, when it crashed into the wire and somehow hung itself.
It was early April, and the bird had certainly been migrating north along the road, probably at night, when it crashed into the wire and somehow hung itself. What are the odds of a woodcock jamming its bill between the strands of braided wire? Higher than I thought at the time because years later I saw another unfortunate woodcock hung in the same manner. A few days after seeing my second hung woodcock, Susan brought a Beanie Baby home from the grocery store. She had to have it, she said, it was so cute.
A new puppy would signal the beginning of the end of all our good years together—all those hunts, the birds and the places where Early Season 28 we shot them. Behind all that was the salient fact that I had aged right alongside my dogs, clear enough if I looked into a mirror. I wasn’t so old that I was counting my age by the number of dogs we’d owned, but my odometer wasn’t spinning backward either. Sometimes when I gave the dog his Rimadyl after a hunt, I simultaneously popped a couple of ibuprofen.
A Grouse Hunter's Almanac: The Other Kind of Hunting by Mark Parman