Going Trad
  
Going Trad
Out there, with Elkheart
Published:
4/25/2014
Format:
E-Book (available as PDF files) What's This
ISBN:
978-1-46894-645-1
In Going Trad, renowned woodsman, hunter and conservationist David "Elkheart" Petersen sets aside his signature criticism of what's wrong with hunting in America today, in favor of an enthusiastic celebration of what's RIGHT with hunting, focusing primarily on "traditional" (low technology, high ethics) bowhunting for elk. Through photos and unaffected personal prose, Going Trad takes readers "out there" to share the adventures and learn the ancient skills attendant to traditional-values hunting.
INTRODUCTION Looking a few books back, in A Man Made of Elk, I offered traditional archers and other seekers of elk and adventure a high-graded collection of hunting stories, advice and “campfire philosophy” (serious reflections on the hardest questions surrounding hunting), most of which pieces were written originally for Traditional Bowhunter magazine. But magazines can provide authors only with limited space. Consequently, stories almost always get “written short” to fit the magazine space available. Columns, in particular – like my long-running TBM column “Campfire Philosopher,” co-authored with Dr. Dave Sigurslid – are written to a predetermined (generally one-page) length and not a word more. Thus, a distinct advantage for readers as well as for writers of collecting former magazine pieces into a book is that it provides a welcome opportunity to work back through, stretching out and fleshing out the stories in order to restore any significant missing bits. And also to correct any errors and address any arguments or other issues from readers of the original version. That’s precisely what I’ve done here in Going Trad, in the process, I hope, adding a degree of freshness and at times even a bit of spirited “outrageousness” to the material. Additionally, a careful search of my oldest, pre-TBM article files exhumed a few resilient pieces written originally so long ago, for a variety of publications, as to be all but forgotten, at least by their author. The few best of those, likewise, have received updates, additions, corrections and other makeovers and are included here. Finally, a few chapters here are spankin’ new, having never before seen print. So to that degree, Going Trad could be considered a sequel to A Man Made of Elk. Yet there’s one significant difference: In the months-long process of compiling and editing material intended for this book – stories, advice and campfire philosophies, just as in A Man Made of Elk – I realized I had too much for a single book. Additionally, the amount of what I considered good campfire philosophy material more than equaled the other two categories (hunting stories and how-to) lumped together. Consequently, I decided to collect the campfire philosophy pieces in one book – titled The Good Hunt and forthcoming soon enough – and the “Me and Joe Went Huntin’” stories and how-to advice in the book you’re holding now (and thank you for that, by the way). While most of what follows has to do with elk and elk hunting, I’ve included a couple of whitetail adventures and my best advice on hunting bear and turkey … for comic relief if nothing else. Very well, then: Let’s get out there and go huntin!
David Petersen has been a passionate traditional bowhunter since the mid-1950s, and a bona fide “elkoholic” since 1980. Across those years he has also been a Marine Corps chopper pilot, a self-described beach bum, a student and college teacher, a hunting guide and professional conservationist, a magazine editor, homesteader and author. This is his tenth book dealing with “wildlife, wild places, and wild people with wild ideas,” at least half of which have to do with the great outdoor loves of his life: elk and elk hunting. In 2011 David Petersen was honored as Sportsman Conservationist of the Year by the Colorado Wildlife Federation. In 2012 CWC added to that honor with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013, David received the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Chairman’s Award for outstanding service. Reading from that award announcement: “David Petersen is a hunter-conservationist who has been actively involved in BHA since the first year (2004) it was formed. … David’s many books and other writings related to hunting and conservation form the ethical foundation of BHA.” For the past 30 years and more David Petersen and his wife Caroline have lived in a self-built cabin high on the West Slope of the Colorado Rockies.
 
 


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