This time of year it seems bird guys are constantly waxing poetic about Spiller, George Bird and Gene Hill. And, rightly so. They all have more hits in the grouse genre than Elvis. Some of George Bird Evans' collectibles sell for upward of $200-300.
But, one of our personal favorites is Charles Waterman. As did GBE, Waterman wrote perfect prose into his 80s, hunting nearly as long as he wrote. Unlike the other better-known scribes, Charley was more diverse, hunting many species and also being an avid angler. Similar to Ted Trueblood, Waterman's writing wasn't overly flowery, but was written as most people would speak. No thesaurus needed.
Some of his more relevant upland titles worth a look are: Gun Dogs & Bird Guns, The Part I Remember, and Hunting Upland Birds. If you don't know Charley, you really should!