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Touching the Wild: Living with the Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch [Hardcover]

Joe Hutto
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April 1 2014
Emmy Award–winning filmmaker, writer, and naturalist Joe Hutto has done it again. Touching the Wild is the enchanting story about one man who has lived with a herd of mule deer in the Wind River mountains of Wyoming for almost seven years. Why, you may ask, would a person choose to do such a thing? His response: how could you not? For Joe Hutto, close proximity to wild things is irresistible.

In Illumination in the Flatwoods he unveiled the secret lives of the wild turkey to great critical acclaim. In Touching the Wild he turns his acute sense of wonder and affinity to one of the West’s quintessential “big game” animals: the mule deer, a species in peril due to environmental factors.

Wily, thoughtful creatures, mule deer are not inclined to make foolish friendships with their primary predator—man. But due to the intense curiosity of one small doe, and the resulting introduction to an entire herd, Joe Hutto has been allowed unprecedented access and insight into the minds and behavior of this special animal. Spending every day among the herd, he develops uncanny connections with the deer, learning individual and group dynamics as well, unveiling just how much we have in common with these delicate beings.

Each season brings new joy as fawns are born and heartache as matriarchs pass away, or hunting takes its toll, or a fawn is orphaned. But what overwhelmingly emerges from Touching the Wild is the enormous respect Hutto has for all wild things and the recognition that we have so much to learn from them about their world, ourselves, and the fragile planet we share. Throughout the book are gorgeous full-color photos.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Our Nature. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure! April 16 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars "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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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing April 17 2014
By Gerald M. Smith - Published on
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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5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A touching visit to the wild but also a call to arms for the environment April 27 2014
By Kathryn B. Creedy - Published on
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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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