WHITETAIL NATION: MY SEASON IN PURSUIT OF THE MONSTER BUCK
Author: Pete Bodo
Publisher: HOUGHTON-MIFFLIN CO, Nov 2010
Here is the uproarious story of the season Bodo set out to kill the big buck. From the rolling hills of upstate New York to the vast land of the Big Sky to the Texas ranches that feature high fences & money-back guarantees, Bodo traverses deep into the heart of a lively, growing subculture that draws powerfully on durable American values. 5.5x8 inches, 320 pgs.
Every autumn, millions of men & women across the country don their camo, stock up on doe urine, & undertake a quintessential American tradition: deer hunting. The pinnacle of a hunter's quest is killing a buck with antlers that "score" highly enough to qualify in the Boone & Crockett record book. But even with all his years on the trail & as the chief outdoors writer for the New York Times, Pete Bodo had never reached that milestone. Sadly, he had to admit, he was a nimrod.
Whitetail Nation is the uproarious story of the season Pete Bodo set out to kill the big buck. From the rolling hills of upstate New York to the vast land of the Big Sky to the Texas ranches that feature high fences & money-back guarantees, Bodo traverses deep into the heart of a lively, growing subculture that draws powerfully on durable American values--the love of the frontier, the importance of self reliance, the camaraderie of men in adventure, & yes, the capitalist's right to amass every high-tech hunting gadget this industry's exploding commerce has to offer.
Gradually, Bodo closes in on his target, & with each day spent perched in a deer stand or night suffered in a drafty cabin, readers are treated with an unforgettable tour through a landscape that ranges from the exalted to the absurd. Along the way Bodo deftly captures the spirit of this rich American pursuit, examining that age old question, "Why do men hunt?"
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Pete Bodo has written about the outdoors for the New York Times, Play!, Sport, Gray's Sporting Journal, Cigar Aficionado & others. A senior editor at Tennis magazine, he is the author of several books, including A Champion's Mind (with Pete Sampras). He divides his time between New York City & upstate New York, where he hunts with bow & gun.