The Sporting Road

Travels Across America in an Airstream Trailer--with Fly Rod, Shotgun, and a Yellow Lab Named Sweetzer

Jim Fergus; Introduction by Rick Bass

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More than just a "man and his dog" hunting adventure, The Sporting Road is a book about the land and man's place in it. It is also, in many ways, a book about relationships; with nature, animals, and the people with who live around us. As Rick Bass says in his introduction, Jim Fergus is a man for whom "The common denominator is not geographical, but internal; here is a man who belongs intensely to the living. And slowly, gradually -- essay by essay -- you become aware of the unsaid: the fact that he fits a diminishing time, a diminishing space, and a diminishing code of manners. That he always puts others before him; that he considers and respects his friends, his prey, his dogs, and the landscapes that engage these things."

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  The Sporting Road
FALL1OPENING DAY
Perhaps too often the nonhunter might accuse the upland game sportsman of “killing off our birds,” whatever the species might be. With the present controls on hunting this is, of course, utter nonsense. Far more important than the numbers of birds shot during the fall hunting season is the amount of winter food and cover available to support the survivors until the following breeding season.—Paul A. Johnsgard, The Grouse of the World

 It was opening day of grouse season in Colorado, and things just didn’t feel right.

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"Fergus ... relates simple and vivid details in this pleasing account of six years of travel and sport.... the honest allure of a good campfire yarn."
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Nonfiction Review: Sporting Road by Jim Fergus / Author, Rick Bass / Introduction by St. Martin's Press $24.95 (272p) ISBN 978-0-312-24245-9
Whether scrambling up the desiccated slopes of Utah's Desolation Canyon in pursuit of birds known as chukars or whipping a tenuous fly line into the Florida surf, Fergus (A Hunter's Road) relates simp
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Jim Fergus; Introduction by Rick Bass

Jim Fergus has written about the outdoors, travel, and the arts for a variety of national magazines and newspapers including Newsweek, Newsday, The Paris Review, Texas Monthly, Savvy, Architectural Digest, Outdoor Life, Esquire Sportsman, Fly Fisherman , Fly Rod & Reel, and many others. He is a longtime correspondent of Outside magazine and a contributing editor of Sports Afield, for whom he currently writes a monthly column. He lives in northern Colorado and the Florida panhandle.

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The Sporting Road
Travels Across America in an Airstream Trailer--with Fly Rod, Shotgun, and a Yellow Lab Named Sweetzer
Jim Fergus; Introduction by Rick Bass

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St. Martin's Press
October 2000
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ISBN: 9781429904193
ISBN10: 1429904194
272 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
October 2000
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ISBN: 9780312267803
ISBN10: 0312267800
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages, Includes seven black-and-white photographs
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