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A Hunter's Heart
Honest Essays on Blood Sport

Edited by David Petersen, 1996.
Henry Holt and Co., New York, USA.

An interesting and thought provoking collection of essays.

Don Meredith
Fish and Wildlife Information
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development

 

American Sportsman
And the Origins of Conservation 3rd Edition

Reiger, J. F.  2001
Oregon State Univ. Press, Corvallis, Oregon, USA. 338pp.

Should be required reading - outstanding treatise.  This 3rd edition contains substantial new information and is available in paperback for $24.95.

Mark S. Boyce
Alberta Conservation Association
Chair of Fisheries & Wildlife

 

Beyond Fair Chase
The Ethics and Tradition of Hunting

Posewitz, Jim. 1994
Falcon Press, Helena, Montana USA.

A must read for anyone who hunts or wants to  hunt.

Don Meredith
Fish and Wildlife Information
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development

 

Blood Ties
Nature, Culture and the Hunt

Kerasote, T. 1993
Random House, New York. 277pp.

Even yuppies like this one!

Mark S. Boyce
Alberta Conservation Association
Chair of Fisheries & Wildlife

 

Elk & Deer; Antlered Animals of the West
An Altitude SuperGuide

Kevin Van Tighem
ISBN 1-55153-810-5  144 pp.
$19.95

 

Fresh Water
Pielou, Chris
Univeristy of Chicago Press 1998.  275pp. 
ISBN 0-226-66815-0

Dr. Lee Foote
Associate Professor
Department of Renewable Resources
University of Alberta

 

Game Wars
The Undercover Pursit of Wildlife Poachers

Marc Reisner 
Secker and Warburg Press, London.  1991

Dr. Lee Foote
Associate Professor
Department of Renewable Resources
University of Alberta

 

Going Wild
Hunting Hunting, Animals Rights, and the Contested Meaning of Nature

Dizard, Jan E.
University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst.  199  230pp. 
ISBN 1-5849-190-2

Dr. Lee Foote
Associate Professor
Department of Renewable Resources
University of Alberta

 

Heart and Blood
Living with Deer in America

Nelson, Richard, 1997. 
Vintage Books, New York, USA.

"If you have ever wondered why deer are so fascinating, why people like to hunt them, protect them, why they raise so many passions, this book lays it out.  But then I'm a Richard Nelson fan (he was also at the fist Hunting Symposium).  He turned to hunting late in life after coming to understand its importance to the human spirit while, as an anthropologist, he lived with native people in the north.  Like Mitchell, Nelson challenges your position on things, and makes you think."

Don Meredith
Fish and Wildlife Information
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development

 

Heartsblood
Hunting, spirituality, and Wildness in America

Petersen, D.  2000 
Island Press, Washington, D.C.  269pp.

This along with Petersen's earlier volume, A Hunter's Heart, mentioned by Don Meredith, offers a wonderful spectrum of essays.

Mark S. Boyce
Alberta Conservation Association
Chair of Fisheries & Wildlife

 

Hooved Mamals of Alberta
Edited by J. Brad Stelfox 
Lone Pine Publishing, Edmonton, Alberta  Canada  241pp. 
ISBN 1-55105-035-8

Dr. Lee Foote
Associate Professor
Department of Renewable Resources
University of Alberta

 

In Defense of Hunting
Swan, J.A. 1995
Harper, San Francisco, Calif., USA.  290pp.

Mark S. Boyce
Alberta Conservation Association
Chair of Fisheries & Wildlife

 

Let us Prey
Article by Bob Remington
National Post

Dr. Lee Foote
Associate Professor
Department of Renewable Resources
University of Alberta

 

Meditations on Hunting
Jose Ortega y Gaset, 1947
Translated by H.B. Westcott, 1995
Wilderness Adventures Press, Bozeman, Montana

"This is as classic to which I return time after time for quotes and inspiration.  This version should be  available through book stores and libraries.  Earlier versions available in libraries."

Don Meredith
Fish and Wildlife Information
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development

 

Pigweed Greens

J. Tom Bateman
Illustrations: Lionel Dunn
ISMN 0-98 90058-5-2

Published by Bottom Line Publications
Box 68064
Crowfoot Post Office
Calgary, Alberta T3G 3N8

All proceeds from the sale of this book go directly to the cause of Conservation Education in Alberta through The Conservation Education W.I.S.E. Foundation.

 

The Delights And Dilemmas Of Hunting

Wood, F., Jr. 1997.
Univ.
Press of America, Lanham, Maryland, USA.  237pp.

A well balanced view developing arguments both in favour and against hunting and in the end pointing out failures and strengths of both camps. Worth reading.

Mark S. Boyce
Alberta Conservation Association
Chair of Fisheries & Wildlife

 

The Destruction of the Bison
Isenberg, Andrew C. 
Cambridge University Press, UK.  206 pp 
ISBN 0-521-77172-2

Dr. Lee Foote
Associate Professor
Department of Renewable Resources
University of Alberta

 

The Exploitation of the Mammal Populations 
Edited by Victoria J. Taylor and Nigel Dunstone 
Chapman and Hall, London.  1996  415pp. 
ISBN 0-412-64420-7

Dr. Lee Foote
Associate Professor
Department of Renewable Resources
University of Alberta

 

The Hunt
Mitchell, John G.
Knopf, New York 1980.

"The Hunt is out-of-print but should be available in libraries.  It started the whole-cerebral thing for me back in the early '80's. You know this is a good book because it was heavily criticized by both hunters and anti-hunters.  Neither liked how they were portrayed.  But all Mitchell did was tour the USA to find out  why hunting raised such passions in people, and reported what he found.  I had the privilege of discussing the book with him when I went to the first Governor's Hunting Symposium in Bozeman, Montana.  He was a feature speaker and talked about how both sides roasted him for what he revealed.  His writing forced me to face some issues square on."

Don Meredith
Fish and Wildlife Information
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development

 

The Hunters Game
Poachers and Conservationists in Twentieth-Century America

Warren, L.S. 1997
Yale Univ. Press, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. 227pp.

Historical

Mark S. Boyce
Alberta Conservation Association
Chair of Fisheries & Wildlife

 

The Irreducibility of Hunting
Lee Foote
Fair Chase 16(2):26-33

Dr. Lee Foote
Associate Professor
Department of Renewable Resources
University of Alberta

 

The Milk River Man
The Life of Alva Bair
 
J. Tom Bateman 1938 
The Conservation Education Wise Foundation
ISBN 1-894255-17-8

Alva Bair spent all of his 81 years near the Milk River Valley of southern Alberta.  Trapping, hunting and fishing formed the basis for a love of nature that he share with thousands of people during his lifetime.  In his own quiet unassuming way he persuaded people to consider wildlife and the places where wildlife lives.  He taught others to share his concern for nature.

He was a farmer, but wildlife, fish and the outdoors were his passions.  We will never know the extent of his influence, but there's no question about his vision and determination to ensure that wildlife enjoys a secure place in Alberta's future.

Alva was well known and respected in the community of Milk River and  beyond as a man who cared about wildlife and natural areas.

This book contains a brief description of  the life of southern Alberta's own extraordinary Conservationist.

All proceeds from the sale of this book go directly to the cause of Conservation Education in Alberta through The Conservation Education W.I.S.E. Foundation.

 

 

The Phantom  Ghost of Harriet Lou

Roland Cheek
ISBN091898104-2

One of the better ones I've read

Bob Heyde

 

The Wisdom of the Woods
How to Get the Most out of Your Hunting Experience

Robert A. Gruszecki
ISBN 1-55056-127-8

Published by Orion Publications
Box 3, Site 16, RR#1
Millerville, Alberta
T0L 1K0

All  proceeds to the WISE Foundation
 

Whitetail Tracks

Pro-hunting Calgary Herald Article about V. Geist 
Date: 1/3/2002 Publication: The Calgary Herald  
Mule Deer Country fine finale to series (Bob Scammell - Outdoors)

"It is fitting, then, that Whitetail Tracks and the series ends with a long chapter, Closing the Circle, and a short Epilogue, which together are Val Geist's personal testament and tribute to hunting and hunters. They should be read by all hunters, might-be hunters, and even those who think they have some reason to oppose hunting. In a late October e-mail interview Geist told me this of the whole series: I hope the books will serve in moral re-armament of hunter-conservationists as they face the future."

 

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