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Dogs That Point, Fish That Bite: Outdoor Essays [Hardcover]

Jim Dean
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June 27 2002 Chapel Hill Books
Jim Dean, longtime editor of "Wildlife in North Carolina," offers his personal observations on the pleasures and frustrations of hunting, fishing, camping, and other outdoor pursuits. "Dogs That Point, Fish That Bite" draws together fifty of the best columns that Dean has written for the magazine over the last seventeen years. The witty, sometimes poignant pieces are arranged into a loose chronicle of the sporting year, with a generous allowance for digression: the first is set in April, on the opening day of trout season, and the last tells of a New Year's Day spent alone in a mountain cabin. At first glance, hunting and fishing are the focus of most of the columns. Often, however, Dean is after bigger game. A crab that escapes the pot leads him to reflect on the capricious nature of life. The restoration of a cabin at the old family farm evokes memories of family and simpler times. And a May panfishing trip takes on the quality of ritual, performed by two old friends. The consistent theme uniting all the essays is the celebration of wild places and rural traditions that have become endangered in our modern world. "Earthy, intimate, brilliant, and always wise, these outdoor essays spring from the heart and mind of a replete hunter and fisherman. Jim Dean is among the top few writer-sportsmen in America--and I "love" this book."--Nick Lyons, author of "Confessions of a Fly-Fishing Addict" "Jim Dean brings you his outdoors with long experience, pleasant sentiment and unforgettable wry humor. His hunting, fishing and camping life may have centered in his beloved North Carolina but his pilgrimages to other fields and waters have spiced his stories with memorable comparisons. His book will last."--Charles F. Waterman, author of "Black Bass and the Fly Rod" Jim Dean, longtime editor of "Wildlife in North Carolina," shares his personal observations on the pleasures and frustrations of hunting, fishing, camping, and other outdoor pursuits in this gem of a book. "Dogs That Point, Fish That Bite" draws together fifty of Dean's best essays, arranged into a loose chronicle of the sporting year--from the opening day of trout season to a New Year's Day spent alone in a mountain cabin. A witty and sometimes poignant collection, it celebrates the wild places and rural traditions that have become endangered in our modern world.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Made me... July 14 2003
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glad to be a sportsman in the Tarheel state. Eagerly anticipating "The Secret Lives of Fishermen".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding and Entertaining June 12 2001
By Frank Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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I came across this book while looking for something to read on a rainy day. The title was amusing and I was somewhat aquainted with Jim Dean's work as editor of "Wildlife in North Carolina" magazine. This is a truly remarkable collection of stories that celebrate the outdoor life. These stories are not just about hunting and fishing, although hunters and fishermen would certainly enjoy them. Mr. Dean has captured a unique way of approaching life. His stories are quite entertaining and will remind you of a time that many think has passed away. A time when life wasn't so complicated and things didn't seem to move so fast. The stories with names such as "The Summers Before Air," or "Dogs Are a Better Class of People" should make you wonder what this man considers important. I highly recommend this book. You will be glad you bought it. These stories will make you feel good, especially on a rainy day. It also makes a great gift for anyone who enjoys the outdoors.
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me... July 14 2003
By paul r gable - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
glad to be a sportsman in the Tarheel state. Eagerly anticipating "The Secret Lives of Fishermen".
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