"Through the book's imagery, the reader becomes part of the era of primitive weaponry with abundant game, watches the evolution of retrieving dogs, feels the frigid morning air in wooden sculling skiffs in a lonely marsh, and hears the Judas calls of live tolling decoys. There is no stone unturned, from grass hunting suits to early duck call patents, the evolution of the decoy, and through market hunting and early conservation…..I also suspect that A History of North American Goose Hunting: Images of the Morning's Sport will be one of the most referenced sporting books of the 21st century."
R.K. Sawyer, author of A Hundred Years of Texas Waterfowl Hunting and Texas Market Hunting
"It really is a stunning piece of work, a collection of scores of images that, if you look closely and deeply at them, tell the story and history of goose hunting in North America, the people who pursued those wonderful waterfowl, their dogs and conveyances, guns and gear. It is, at its core, an elegy put together by someone who has a deep and abiding respect for the birds and the places they haunt - or haunted - and the waterfowlers and their canine companions who trod wetlands ahead of us. It's a look back down the trail they - and, now, us - have tread. It's historical and historic. Future waterfowlers now have a door to their passion's past."
Shannon Tompkins, Outdoor Writer
From subsistence to market hunting to today's sport hunting the image record from the 1850's through the present shows a hunting tradition not much changed over the past century and a half.
Over 550 antique and vintage images of goose hunting, hunters, dogs, and rigs.
From the 1850's through the present
Ways and means
East Coast, West Coast, and Midwest styles of sets
The Goose Hunter's role in the development of modern waterfowl management through seasons, licensing, refuges, banding and enforcement
Appendix for Sandhill Crane and Swan hunting
From the mid 1800's hunters pursued wild geese for subsistence, the market, and finally sport. Images of the earliest hunters and their methods reveal the foundation of today's sport.
Waiting for the live decoys to work their magic with birds in pens behind the hunters.
The original images are provided for record.
Shipping and taxes included.
15350 CR 314
TYLER, TX 75706