Thumbnail Filmstrip of The Art of Sage Grouse Hawking by Steve Chindgren, Large Hardbound Book Images
This book is in stock now and being shipped.
Dimensions: Size 12 1/2" wide x 11" tall, 100# matte paper, dust jacket matte laminate finish, with foil stamp on front board and spine.
The Art of Hawking Sage Grouse is a narrowly-focused
falconry book, and therefore welcome for good reason: we have no shortage of
general purpose falconry books in this day and age. Steve's book deals with
only one very specialized branch of game-hawking, one that few experience or
are even able to attempt, one that few experience or are even able to attempt,
one that may in fact be rendered illegal or consigned to history in the near
future. Here is a book with observational descriptions and hard-won insights
gained over decades of devotion to the art and detailing how his incredible
record of consistent success in finding and hawking grouse has been achieved.
This work will be a memorable milestone to a moment in our falconry time-line
that may be coming to a close, as with the Heron Hawking days in Holland, now
impossible, only to be read about.
It will certainly surprise the biologist, the researcher, the birders and protectionists to discover that it was actually a falconer who loved sage grouse so ardently he sacrificed most of his active days during the best years of his life to live out in the midst of them, coming to regularly find them at will, marking miles and miles of fence to protect them, carefully observing and filming them year-round, and accumulating a lifetime of lessons through total immersion by paying the price of persistent presence in their stark world of beauty and extremes.
Steve Chindgren "the falconer" may, in very fact, know more about the natural history of Sage Grouse (and how to hawk them) by having personally found and witnessed more grouse rise than any man living. It is often said, "How come the best falconers don't write books like we'd wish they would?"
Here's one who did.
Robert L. Bagley