Woodcock Rising – SIGNED COPIES

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By Steve Smith

It seems as though wherever wingshooters and dog people get together, and the talk turns to the things they read and the writers they respect, the name Steve Smith is one of the first mentioned.
As an editor, he is one of the two longest-serving, continuous outdoor editors in history – thirty-five years and counting. In his long career as a writer, he has written hundreds of magazine articles, and Woodcock Rising is his twentieth book. His friends, hunting partners, cohorts, and collaborators include the likes of the late Michael McIntosh and Gene Hill.
As a publishing executive, Smith has launched eleven magazines, including the prestigious Shooting Sportsman; started two book-publishing houses; and has been responsible for a division of a company that produces thirty-six titles.
But through all of this, there was always woodcock. Smith did his graduate work on them, has hunted them in a dozen states and provinces, waits impatiently for the spring skydancing displays, and still can’t sleep the night before the season opens.
In the words of famed author Tom Davis:
“Other gamebirds excite; the woodcock beguiles. With his inimitable blend of wit, insight, expansive knowledge, and deep but lightly worn wisdom, Steve Smith beautifully chronicles his lifelong love affair with this enigmatic charmer—a journey sure to delight all of us who’ve had our hearts similarly stolen. For a long time, I’ve been of the opinion that one book, Guy de la Valdène’s Making Game, belonged in the library of every woodcock devotee. Now, with Woodcock Rising, there are two.”

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ISBN: 978-1-940239-09-5 / UPC: 8-09206-39095-9


3 reviews for Woodcock Rising – SIGNED COPIES

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    I’ve read and re-read Woodcock Rising and savored every minute. I’ll admit I had great expectations because you set the bar high. That’s a good thing of course, but then, that also makes it increasingly difficult to keep pace with past classics like Whispering Wings, Shotgunner, and Outdoor Yarns.
    And yet you did.
    I walked right along beside you on “A Woodcock Hunt,” because I’ve been there so many times before as well. “For just one days, wouldn’t it be nice to be our dogs?” Amen to that.
    “Woodcock Shooting” really rung true too, and I laughed out loud several times reading the jabs at aging: “…we’re now shorter, chubbier, and dread having to tie our bootlaces.” Ha!
    “The Greatest of Them All” is heartfelt tribute to your late friend, Hilly, and I’m not the least bit ashamed to say I grew misty-eyed while reading it. By the way, I’d love to see that collection of pipes you mentioned sometime!
    Of course, the introduction and especially the epilogue stand out as classic “Steve Smith” writing that I’m able to recognize anywhere, with quotable quotes sure to appear elsewhere in
    outdoor literature for years to come.
    The classy “Boom sketches” pair perfectly with the text, and our group of guys were flattered to have played a minor role in some of the scenes. Pretty neat when you can say, “Hey, that’s Kirk and Dixie,” or, “Wow, that’s my hand holding your sidelock” – especially in a book of this magnitude.
    Same with the recipes. I’m proud you featured a few of mine, and I look forward to trying the others. How could you go wrong with any of them?

    – A letter from writer Jon Osborne to Woodcock Rising author Steve Smith.

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    Woodcock Rising, an eloquently simple phrase that depicts imagery in one’s mind. The image could be an alder-strewn creek bottom in the Northeast, young growth popple in the up­per Midwest, the ew Jersey Cape or Louisiana lowlands. The common denominator in all of these mental images is habitat. Woodcock Rising is also the eloquently simple title of Steve Smith’s new book, published by Wilderness Adventures Press, Inc., Belgrade Montana.
    As a sporting author, Steve Smith needs no introduction. His track record of writing and editing wingshooting books and ar­ticles stands alone. With the release of Woodcock Rising he has raised even his own standard.
    In the realm of wingshooting books, there typically are two styles: “lyrical” and “how to”. It seems every book penned is in one or the other voice. In Woodcock Rising, the author has blend­ed both formats into a unified voice that provides not only bio­logical and technical data, but the practical wisdom and expe­rience from years of hunting this mystical bird. He writes in an authoritative tone, while not being the loud know-it-all that we’ve all met at the gun club. Yet his passages flow as if you were joining him for a mid-winter cocktail to reminiscence of seasons past. I found this tone thoroughly enjoyable. I am not alone in this view. John B. Eichinger, president and CEO of RGS & AWS who wrote the foreword, said:
    “Steve’s lighthearted writing style is entertaining, but don’t de­ceive yourself into thinking that’s all this book has to offer. It’s packed full of valuable information that will make it a book to be read over and over again.”
    As in most books of this sort, the author has included chapters on dogs, guns, recipes and such. These chapters are strong and full of sound advice, a culmination of experience, from hours traipsing coverts. These views may not be accepted by many as gospel, but they are certainly valid and should be pondered with­out “kennel blindness”. With that stated, the biological-based chapters regarding the bird itself, habitat and its migration must also be mentioned. Whether you are a seasoned woodcock hunt­er or just joining the ranks, these chapters will enhance your next day in the field. The chapter titled “Woodcock Flights” provides insight not only to woodcock migration, but the current GPS re­search that is being utilized – research that will certainly help with woodcock habitat projects along the migration path.
    Adorning the pages of Woodcock Rising are illustrations by the author’s son, Christopher Smith. When Wilderness Adventures Press chose this artist, they did so due to talent, not nepotism. Chris’s original line drawings enhance his father’s words, in a firm, yet subtle fashion – sketches that resonate crispness, yet are soft, so not to overpower the readers eye – illustrations that exhib­it an old-school hand in a digital age.
    Woodcock Rising is simply, a well written treatise, regarding an eloquent bird.
    -Glen Blackwood, Ruffed Grouse Society

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    Fidelity to the Woodcock
    Steve Smith never calls woodcock “timberdoodles,” because “it makes them sound like witless morons, and they’re not.” His new book, Woodcock Rising, shows why woodcock can be some of the most challenging and rewarding gamebirds to hunt. The book could be described as a practical memoir. Its style is conversational and its earnest prose pays full due to that magical shorebird of the uplands. It is illustrated with more than 20 high-quality drawings by Smith’s son, Christopher.
    A resident of Michigan (the nation’s top woodcock state for both harvest and hunter days), Smith has been an outdoor writer and editor for 35 years. He launched Shooting Sportsman and today edits The Pointing Dog Journal and The Retriever Journal. Smith is the author of 20 books, including Woodcock Shooting, Hunting Upland Game Birds and The Whispering Wings of Autumn (co-authored with Gene Hill), hunting woodcock both In the Northern states and on the birds’ Southern wintering grounds. It also has information on how to sex and age woodcock, plus it entertains with anecdotes about Smith’s own hunts, mainly in the Great Lakes States.
    There are chapters on “Woodcock Cover,” “Woodcock Flights” (including detailed scientific information about migratory patterns and behaviors), “Woodcock Shooting” (with advice on guns – Smith favors a lightweight British 16-gauge with 28-gauge chamber inserts) and “The Future of Woodcock Hunting.” In the chapter “Woodcock Recipes,” Smith passes along his own favorites plus those from other hunters.
    Woodcock Rising retails for $39.95 from Wilderness Adventures Press (866-400-2012; A limited edition of 100 books will be available for $200 through Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company, 800-303-0567.
    -Charles Fergus, Shooting Sportsman

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