Published by the University of South Carolina Press, 1994. 211pp. 6.25 x 9.25 inches. Hardcover. ISBN 0-87249-983-9.
During the first half of the twentieth century, Archibald Rutledge hunted wild turkeys in the woodlands surrounding his ancestral South Carolina plantation. From his many encouters with the bird — and from the periods of reflection and anticipation spent searching out the elusive animal — he grew wise in the ways of the wild turkey. His prolific writings on the subject capture the lure and lore of America's greatest game bird.
This collection, assembled by noted outdoor writer Jim Casada, gathers thirty-four of Rutledge's finest turkey-hunting tales. Rutledge was a master at creating mood and setting. The breathless anticipation and the feeling of constant uncertainty that these stories evoke will enthrall experienced turkey hunters. Of equal interest, Rutledge's writings are studies in the sport when it was primarily a fall and winter activity and an annual limit might equal twenty birds. Despite recent changes in America's turkey population and in the laws governing the bird's pursuit, Rutledge's stories remain timeless, entertaining accounts of a popular sport.
America's Greatest Game Bird joins Tales of Whitetails and Hunting & Home in the Southern Heartland to complete a trilogy of Archibald Rutledge's hunting stories published by the University of South Carolina Press.
Archibald Rutledge (1883–1973) was a poet and writer who served as South Carolina's first poet aureate. An avid hunter and outdoor enthusiast, he wrote primarily about the beauty of Hampton Plantation, his ancestral home near McClellanville, South Carolina, and about his hunting expeditions. In addition to seventeen honorary degrees and more than thirty awards, Rutledge received the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing.
Jim Casada retired as a professor history from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1996 and now works full-time as a freelance writer and photographer. The author or editor of more than a dozen books, Casada's work has appeared in numerous publications including Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Guns & Gear, Sporting Classics, and Turkey & Turkey Hunting. A member and past president of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association, Casada has won more than 100 awards for his writing and photography.
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