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Doodle Dandy---Timberdoodle! Book Review

  When you consider how many woodcock hunters there are from Minnesota to Maine, it is puzzling how few books are dedicated to the beloved little migrating bird.  Timberdoodle! by Frank Woolner was published in 1974 and there have only been a few others written in the 45 years since.   Often considered a How-To title, Woolner adds enough person anecdotes to his work that it is much more than what gun and size of shot to take into the woods.  Timberdoodle! takes you into the alder bottoms on their journey south and makes every bird hunter nostalgic for those banner days when the forest floor is covered in whitewash and dogs are in their glory.  While woodcock numbers may be off...

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No Love For Charley

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...

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