Archibald Rutledge

Bird Dog Days, Wingshooting Ways (Hardcover)

The great bird dog and wingshooting stories included in this collection have only appeared in early issues of magazines such as Outdoor Life and Field & Stream or in some of Rutledge’s oldest and rarest books. The editor, Jim Casada, an expert on Rutledge, uncovered many of these lost stories for this collection. In 1930, Rutledge wrote a book of dog stories titled Bolio and Other Dogs; the lead story, “The Odyssey of Bolio,” is an all-time great dog story and is included in this collection, along with “The Philosopher Among Dogs” and “Then Gabriel Blew His Horn.” Brett Smith, one of America’s finest hunting artists, painted an original picture for the cover and created a number of etchings especially for this book. No Rutledge collection is complete without Bird Dog Days – a classic collection of bird dog and wingshooting stories that belongs in every sportsman’s library.

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“It has always seemed to me that any man is a better man for being a hunter. This sport confers a certain constant alertness, and develops a certain ruggedness of character that, in these days of too much civilization, is refreshing; moreover, it allies us to the pioneer past. In a deep sense, this great land of ours was won for us by hunters”.

Archibald Rutledge, from Why I Taught My Boys To Hunt (Early 1940’s).

“The hunter learns that reward comes from hard work; he learns from dealing with nature that man must have a deep respect for the great natural laws. He learns also, I think in a far higher degree than any form of standardized amateur athletics can give him, to play the game fairly”.

From Hunting and Home in the Southern Heartland, Edited by Jim Casada, 1992

“The privilege of hunting is about as fine a heritage as we have, and it needs to be passed on unsullied from father to son”.

From An American Hunter, 1937

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