Charles Fergus


“We kill the game to eat it. Tasting it, we thank it. Thanking it, we remember it: how we hunted it, how it tested us, how we overcame it, how it finally fell”. – From A Rough-Shooting Dog, 1991


“I believe hunters owe it to themselves to try to understand what it is that urges them out. To fail to examine the source of the hunting instinct is to fail to experience it fully”. From The Upland Equation, 1995


“Hunting is a path, a muddy, brushy, dank, and spoor-written path along which the seeker, if his spirit be right, can truly feel the earth. If he is fortunate, he travels with a true dog and a true friend”. – From A Rough-Shooting Dog, 1991


A Hunter’s Book of Days (Hardcover)

A Hunter’s Book of Days is a personal narrative set in the grouse and woodcock covers surrounding Fergus’s longtime home in Pennsylvania. The author focuses his text around bird hunts behind his springer spaniels, including flashbacks to Jenny, a quintessential gun dog, and Caillie, his up-and-coming youngster. But A Hunter’s Book of Days is far more than a chronicle of sporting memories: Within the book’s chapters, Fergus deals with the loss of covers, land development, and life-altering events all neatly linked to thoughts on dogs, guns, bird hunting, love of home ground, and friendship.

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