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Also available as E-Book for $9.99: Going Trad E-Book
Traditional Bowhunting Advice and Adventures from the Heart of Elk Country
2013; Durango, CO: Raven’s Eye Press
220 pages, paper. Retail: $18.00 plus shipping
Description: The well-crafted hunting stories and hands-on advice to be found in Going Trad provide hours of reading delight for novice as well as veteran traditional bowhunters, while offering a rare depth of useful information and inspiration to anyone who wants to get hunting right.
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Also available as E-Book for $9.99: Racks E-Book
A Natural History of Antlers and the Animals That Wear Them
Foreword by Valerius Geist
2010; Durango, CO: Raven’s Eye Press
214 pages, paper. Retail price: $19.95 plus shipping
Description: This new 20th Anniversary Edition of “Elkheart’s” long out-of-print natural-history cult classic features new cover art by Thomas Aquinas Daly, original interior art by Michael McCurdy, a foreword and interview with world-renowned deer and antler expert Dr. Valerius Geist, and is revised and updated throughout. While Racks stands solid as a science-based natural history, this new edition has been tailored to be of particular interest to hunter-naturalists.
A MAN MADE OF ELK
Stories, Advice, and Campfire Philosophy from a Lifetime of Traditional Bowhunting
Foreword by E. Donnall Thomas
2007; Boise, ID: TBM, Inc.
231 pages, paper: Retail price: $18.95 plus shipping
From the Foreword by Don Thomas: “Like all of the few ‘outdoor’ books that truly deserve to endure, A Man Made of Elk is, well…different. That’s logical enough, for the same can be said of its author. A former Marine pilot and current backwoods intellectual, idealist, iconoclast, and, yes, hunter, Dave Petersen defies categorization as adroitly as his terrific prose…. I know deer hunters, bear hunters, and sheep hunters, but I don’t know anyone else who identifies as completely with one species of game as Dave Petersen identifies with elk. This book’s title goes beyond metaphor; the guy is made of elk.”
ON THE WILD EDGE
In Search of a Natural Life
Foreword by John Nichols
2005; New York: Henry Holt & Co.
251 pages, paper: $17.99 plus shipping
Description: In 1980, David Petersen and his wife, Caroline, traded the easy life of Laguna Beach, California, for a snug hand-built cabin at 8,000’ in the Colorado Rockies. Today the author knows that mountain land intimately. He has become so attuned to his environment that when a dead twig snaps, he knows what has stepped on it, how much it weighs, and what its intentions are. In On the Wild Edge,
Petersen conflates a quarter century into the adventures of four high-country seasons, tracking the rigors of survival wild nature’s as well has his own from the snowmelt that announces the arrival of spring to the decline and death of autumn and winter that will establish the fertile ground needed for the next year’s rebirths.
New: 3rd edition, with 12 new pages of inside photos!
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Does the Great Bear Still Haunt Colorado?
3rd Edition, 280 pages with photos and index, paper:
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Also available as E-Book for all reading devices: Ghost Grizzlies E-Book
Description: By 1952 it was thought the grizzly had been wiped out in Colorado, pushed to
oblivion by predator-phobic sheep ranchers and government trappers. Even so,
through the mid-1900s, ghostly stories of grizzly sightings continued to haunt remote
corners of the dark-timbered San Juan Mountains in the southern-most part
of the state. Then, one spooky September evening in 1979, a flesh-and-blood grizzly
sow was surprised on its daybed in the South San Juans by a bowhunter ... and
the rest, as they say, is history.
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Hunting, Spirituality, and Wildness in America
Foreword by Ted Williams
2000; Raven's Eye Press
269 pages with index, paper Retail $18.00plus shipping
Also available as E-Book: Heartsblood E-Book
Description: In Heartsblood, nationally acclaimed nature writer and veteran outdoorsman David Petersen takes a clear-eyed look at humans and hunting, and reaches conclusions sure to challenge everyone’s preconceptions. He draws clear distinctions between true hunting and contemporary hunter behavior, praising what’s right about the former and damning what’s wrong with the latter. Along with his extensive personal experience, Petersen draws on philosophy, evolutionary science, biology, and empirical studies to create an engaging and literate work that offers a unique look at hunting, hunters, anti-hunting, and, in the words of the author, "life’s basic truths."
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THE NEARBY FARAWAY
A Personal Journey through the Heart of the West
Foreword by Ann Zwinger
1997; Boulder: Johnson Books
Retail: Hardbound, $26.00 plus shipping
Retail: Paperback, $14.00 plus shipping
Description: A dedicated naturalist and a writer’s writer, David Petersen spends a lot of time outdoors in the Rocky Mountain West. Whether in the aspen groves of the forests around his cabin in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, or watching grizzlies in Montana, or visiting the hidden desert grave of his friend and mentor, Edward Abbey, Petersen goes places many of us will never see except through his words. He writes with great clarity and elegance of expression, while constantly renewing and reexamining his relationship to nature. The Nearby Faraway is an abridged autobiography of the author’s life and travels (both geographical and spiritual) in the American West a rich and moving collection from one of the West’s most thoughtful, honest, and down-to-earth writers.
Description: In Elkheart, critically acclaimed naturalist and essayist David Petersen presents a deeply personal, intimately informed, and (by his own admission) “somewhat eccentric” portrait of the North American elk, or wapiti, and its wild and woolly world.
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A Down-to-Earth Guide to Nature Writing
Foreword by H. Emerson Blake
2014; Raven's Eye Press
200 pages with index, paper
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Also available as E-Book for all reading devices: Writing Naturally E-Book
Description: David Petersen is a writer’s writer. With a quarter-century of continuous freelancing, overlain by a dozen years as a staff magazine editor and a decade as a college writing instructor, and with hundreds of magazine pieces and 15 nonfiction books (all with nature themes, plus more than 40 children’s educational nonfiction titles), this critically acclaimed author is uniquely qualified to write about his genre and craft.
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