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Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner

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ISBN13: 9781455500741
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When Lily Raff McCaulou traded in an indie film production career in New York for a reporting job in central Oregon, she never imagined that she'd find herself picking up a gun and learning to hunt. She'd been raised as a gun-fearing environmentalist and an animal lover, and though a meat-eater, she'd always abided by the principle that harming animals is wrong. But Raff McCaulou's perspective shifted when she began spending weekends fly-fishing and weekdays interviewing hunters for her articles, realizing that many of them were more thoughtful about animals and the environment than she was.

So she embarked upon the project of learning to hunt from square one.

From attending a Hunter Safety course designed for children to field dressing an elk and serving it for dinner, she explores the sport of hunting and all it entails, and tackles the big questions surrounding one of the most misunderstood American practices and pastimes. Not just a personal memoir, this book also explores the role of the hunter in the twenty-first century, the tension (at times artificial) between hunters and environmentalists, and new models of sustainable and ethical food procurement.

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"Despite what the title may imply, McCaulou and her writing are anything but mild. Her fortitude is obvious from the onset, when she takes a chance on herself by giving up her East Coast city life for a job writing for a small newspaper in Bend, Ore. Once there, she slowly embraces the outdoor lifestyle of her new home, first by skiing and fly-fishing, and later by exploring the hunting subculture that comes to fascinate her. Afraid of guns and wary of guts, her forays into hunting may be slow and sometimes timid, but the way she continually faces her fears is inspiring. With each new challenge — from purchasing a license and firearms safety to pulling the trigger or pulling out an elk's intestines — she makes in-depth explorations into the cultural, economic, ecological, nutritional, and political aspects of hunting. But where McCaulou's writing truly shines is when she analyzes her personal connection to how she kills to how she lives her life. Unafraid to lay bare her evolving 'cycle of life' feelings about shooting her first bird on the day her niece was born or confronting how the recent deaths of close family members affects her emotions about hunting, McCaulou forces herself to face the best and worst of both life and death. Definitely at the top of the heap of the recent array of books that explore our connection to land and food, McCaulou confronts everything you think you know about hunting and in doing so brings a welcome touch of humanity to a pursuit thought by many to be lacking exactly that. Agent, Daniel Greenberg." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Lily Raff McCaulou is a professional journalist and author of Call of the Mild. In her free time, she hunts, fishes and forages — then cooks and eats her spoils. She also crafts with feathers, fur and foraged items.

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thomas_lee_boles, September 18, 2012 (view all comments by thomas_lee_boles)
I have trouble with the contention that hunting is about subsistence. This year the state of Minnesota, where I live, passed a law exempting venison from food inspection requirements because an inspector might find it too full of the lead used to shoot the deer to be fit to eat. Then the hunter couldn't get a tax credit for donating it to a food shelf. The law is SF 1439, the Omnibus Game and Fish Act,Section 33; the inspection rules are in Chapter 31.

Neither will I buy the "population control" argument--not as long as the game and fish agencies manipulate herds and habitats to "enhance sporting opportunities"--that is, multiply populations for hunters' benefit. And every insurance company knows the frequency of deer-car collisions increases three to five times during hunting season. Deer don't take the time to "look both ways" when people chase them with guns.

On the wall over my computer I have a poster of the cover of my book, "Deer Companions," published by Xlibris (xlibris.com) and Amazon's Kindle. It shows a whitetail doe giving me a big smacker of a kiss, which she did every time we met for nine years. Her daughter still does this. This is true participation in nature. Having been bullied myself, I have my fill of the hunters' version.
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JKH307, September 17, 2012 (view all comments by JKH307)
A Personal Tale of Love, Loss, & Hunting

'Call of the Mild' is a quick read, and at almost 300 pages I mean that as complimentary as possible. The author's style is fluid and effortless, her succinct description of what it is to move to a mountain (ski) town is spot on. Her descriptions of learning to hunt are humorous (particularly the hunter safety class), insightful, and educational.
A memoir written in one's early 30s can often be suspect, Lily Raff McCaulou debunks that notion in the first few pages, and the rest is simply a joy to read.
I look forward to more of her work, and wish her the best in life, regardless of if she is looking through a scope or not.
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Janet K, June 25, 2012 (view all comments by Janet K)
I loved this book. Though I was drawn to it because of the "new hunter" aspect, there is so much more to this story. I did not want to put it down, and I did not want it to end. The author does a great job explaining how and why she got into hunting. As someone who is learning to hunt as an adult, I could relate to so much of what she talked about, especially all the emotions that go into your decision to hunt. This story is thought provoking, funny, and interesting, I would highly recommend it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781455500741
Author:
McCaulou, Lily Raff
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Author:
Raff McCaulau, Lily
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Despite what the title may imply, McCaulou and her writing are anything but mild. Her fortitude is obvious from the onset, when she takes a chance on herself by giving up her East Coast city life for a job writing for a small newspaper in Bend, Ore. Once there, she slowly embraces the outdoor lifestyle of her new home, first by skiing and fly-fishing, and later by exploring the hunting subculture that comes to fascinate her. Afraid of guns and wary of guts, her forays into hunting may be slow and sometimes timid, but the way she continually faces her fears is inspiring. With each new challenge — from purchasing a license and firearms safety to pulling the trigger or pulling out an elk's intestines — she makes in-depth explorations into the cultural, economic, ecological, nutritional, and political aspects of hunting. But where McCaulou's writing truly shines is when she analyzes her personal connection to how she kills to how she lives her life. Unafraid to lay bare her evolving 'cycle of life' feelings about shooting her first bird on the day her niece was born or confronting how the recent deaths of close family members affects her emotions about hunting, McCaulou forces herself to face the best and worst of both life and death. Definitely at the top of the heap of the recent array of books that explore our connection to land and food, McCaulou confronts everything you think you know about hunting and in doing so brings a welcome touch of humanity to a pursuit thought by many to be lacking exactly that. Agent, Daniel Greenberg." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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