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Touching the Wild: Living with the Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch Hardcover – Apr 1 2014

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (April 1 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626362130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626362130
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 19.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Beautifully written and observed, Illumination in the Flatwoods is a work of art worthy of its subjects. The book takes us to a place we might never have even dreamed and gives our minds the courage to believe things our hearts have always known. --Rick Bass - Praise for Illumination in the Flatwoods:

About the Author

Joe Hutto is the author of Illumination in the Flatwoods, which was made into the celebrated PBS Nature documentary, My Life as a Turkey, chronicling his exhaustive study of wild turkeys. He is also the author of The Light in High Places, an account of living alone in the high country of Wyoming observing the life of the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.

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By A Customer on Nov. 27 2015
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Very interesting analogy. Kept my attention all through the book I was so interested in the intelligence of these magnificent animals.
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By Diana Laliberte on Aug. 25 2014
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Heartwarming.Watching the family interactions in wildlife is so educational. If only we could apply more of it in our daily lives!!
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A treasure! April 16 2014
By Richard Stevens - Published on
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Beautifully written and photographed as well as heart-wrenching as Joe Hutto chronicles the lives and myriad challenges faced by the mule deer he comes to know and cherish.
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"If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything" ~Rumi April 16 2014
By Deborah Hawes - Published on
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To cherish all living things as sacred is a sign of wisdom. In "Touching the Wild" we encounter great wisdom. Living from a deep awareness of our oneness with all living things, Joe Hutto takes us along on a paradoxical pilgrimage: in touching the wild mule deer, we touch the deepest part of ourselves. Mysteriously, walking with them, we find we are walking on holy ground.

"If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything" ~Rumi
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Amazing April 17 2014
By Gerald M. Smith - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is more than a great story, it is an amazing experience. I live in Mule Deer country - not far from where this takes place - and I was blown away by this.
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A touching visit to the wild but also a call to arms for the environment April 27 2014
By Kathryn B. Creedy - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Having been attracted to this book by the extraordinary Nature documentary, I once again felt apart of the mule deer heard that so touched Mr. Hutto's life and research. The level of emotion amongst this species is so revealing about the greater life surrounding us. But this book is about far more than wild and human lives intersecting. This book is startling in its revelations of the ecological damage in the Rocky Mountain west caused by pollution, the increasing acidification of the soil and its damage to animals who starve because soil changes mean the loss of nutrients in native plants. It is shocking to hear that entire forests surrounding some of our most iconic places have died because of this. It is shocking to learn of the version of high-tech "hunting" that is disgustingly perverse has replaced the time-honored way of life that acknowledged the land and the sacrifice of the animal. While the human/deer interaction warmly illustrates the threatened lives of mule deer, the entire book joins those rare volumes such as Silent Spring in teaching us about the wild. Thank you, Joe Hutto for a warm and entertaining documentary and a very illuminating, easy to read, overwhelmingly important book.
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Unique wildlife book April 17 2014
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A truly unique book written by someone whose prose is almost poetic when writing about his chosen subject, mule deer. A must read for lovers of wildlife.