Ruffed Grouse - Woodland Drummer by Michael Furtman
Ruffed Grouse - Woodland Drummer is a very nice book
by Michael Furtman, recently re-released by Stackpole
books. Written in 1999, it is still full of some of
the most up-to-date digestable information on the
The highlight of this book is the color photography.
If it were not in a 6" x 9" paperback format, this
would make a fine "coffee-table" book in the tradition
of Leonard Lee Rue. The pictures are stunning.
The book covers all of the topics one would expect in
such a book: taxonomy, habitat, range and diet, the
life cycle and dispersion. It's not a book on "how to
hunt" grouse or about bird dogs and grouse, but
simply everything you wanted to know about grouse.
As such, the hunter will glean much in learning about
the habitat of the grouse, and its food preferences.
"I've been fortunate enough to be startled frequently
by grouse. It may be a strange thing to some - that I
relish the momentary fright - but to me it means that
I've been spending time in the grouse woods, time
enough to encounter this special bird."
Photographs in this book, which is printed on fine
glossy paper, come from a host of sources - including
Paul Carlson, Erwin and Peggy Bauer, Bill Marchel,
and, you guessed it, Leonard Lee Rue III.
At 140 pages, its not deep scholarly reading, but I
found all of the information to be very useful and
actually learned a few things. It's the kind of book
you can put down and pick up as you please and one
that should be a staple on every hunting camp
Duck and Goose Cookbook by A.D. Livingston
A.D. Livingston, a food writer for Gray's Sporting
Journal and author of several game cookbooks, has
assembled this most excellent waterfowl cookbook.
- Ducks and Geese in the Oven
- Ducks and Geese in the Skillet
- Frying Ducks and Geese
- Ducks and Geese in the Big Pot
- Steamed and Simmered Ducks and Geese
- Grilling and Smoking Ducks and Geese
- Broiled Ducks and Geese
- Pies and Casseroles
- Soups, Stews and Gumbos
- Giblets and Appetizers
- Marinades, Sauces and Go-withs
What caught my eye with this book is that it is not
regionally biased, nor is it solely focused on gourmet
cooking. Like some of the old Bradford Angier books
published by Stackpole, it includes some basic
"good-eating" recipes. In fact, the book includes a
recipe for "Old Duck Bradford Angier."
Unlike many general cookbooks which include a chapter
on ducks and geese, this cookbook features recipes for
wild duck and geese. If you have seen the
amount of grease that comes off of domestic waterfowl,
you will know that they really are not the same
creature. At least not in the kitchen.
Livingston, being a hunter, also spices up the recipes
with tidbits such as this: "If you are having guests,
refrain from telling about how Carl, your retriever,
chased a duck into the next county. Your wife also
might be tired of hearing the story."
In our household, I am always in charge of the game
cookery; and we eat a lot of game. I have seen a lot
of game cookbooks over the years and this one really
impressed me as most of the recipes use simple
ingredients and procedures. The recipes cover the
gamut of cooking styles - roasting, stewing, baking,
frying - but each recipe is designed to avoid
toughening the game. And some recipes, like "Old Duck
Bradford Angier," are designed for game that is
I'll enjoy having this book around this fall during
the duck and goose seasons.
Copies of these books are available from:
Spaniel Journal Bookstore
Ruffled Grouse - Woodland Drummer
Copyright © 1999 Michael Furtman
Duck & Goose Cookbook
Copyright © A.D. Livingston
Bill Fawcett resides in the Shenandoah Valley of
Virginia with his wife, Cindy, and his Smythwicks
Springers: Jenna, Beebe, Chip and Dottie. He is a
hunter, field trialer, breeder and member of the
the ESSFTA. He maintains a public FB ESS
pedigree database at smythwicks.org.