By Mark Parman
''There are sorts of searching: traditional searching, and ruffed-grouse hunting.''—Aldo Leopold, from A Sand County Almanac
Like that past grouse hunter Aldo Leopold, Mark Parman takes to the woods whilst the aspens are smoky gold. right here, in an evocative almanac that chronicles the early season of the grouse hunt via its lead to the snows of January, Parman follows his puppy during the altering bushes and foliage, thrills to the unexpected flush of thrashing wings, and holds a chook in hand, grateful for the meal it's going to supply. Distilling twenty seasons of grouse looking into those essays, he writes of outdated canines and gun lust, hide and transparent slicing, weather swap, partners female and male, natural world paintings, and stumps.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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Frightened and confused, she ran right over Gunnar, ﬂattening him. He was stunned and got up yipping and holding up a front paw, a muddy hoofprint on his front left shoulder as clear as a deer track in snow. After realizing he was OK, I couldn’t help but laugh. Then I remembered the grouse, and there it was, lying almost at my feet. I’d nearly stepped on it. After picking it up, we started back to the truck. From then on, Gunnar rode up front with me in the cab instead of in his kennel in the bed of the truck.
We have taken several of our neighbors to a ﬁeld near our cabin where the woodcock dance every spring, and the sky dance has become our annual entertainment. The male begins the dance in a clearing in a wooded area around dusk, emitting a series of peents, an insectlike sound. It’s also similar to the sound a nighthawk makes as it hunts insects in the twilight summer sky. After a dozen or so of these peents, the woodcock lifts off the ground in a twitter of wings and circles up into the sky. Once he reaches an altitude of three hundred feet or so, he warbles liquid notes nearly impossible to imitate or describe.
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. With eyes too low and too far forward, wings too stubby, and a smidgen of green in its coloring, its name was Beak, and it’s too cute and cuddly to be a woodcock. ” Years later I learned that this long beak is perfect for probing moist soils and grasping a wriggling worm.
A Grouse Hunter's Almanac: The Other Kind of Hunting by Mark Parman