Snowed in. Closing the laptop, making a sandwich, and going to catch-up on my reading.
- The Eastern Trail edited by James Bashline
I’ve been reading The Eastern Trail all weekend now since picking it up at an antique mall in Savage, MD. Its a great primer on hunting (upland, deer), and angling in the Northeast with a special focus on Pennsylvania and New York. Bashline was a great Pennsylvanian outdoor writer who wrote a definitive book on Night Fishing for Trout (which I have yet to pick up). The selected writers in Trail have a wonderful style– evocative of hunters who grew up in the 50s, plain-spoken, advocates for conservation, instructive, just a bit obstinate, and deeply passionate.
This introduction by Bashline just about says it all…
“Like the prophets of old, today’s outdoor writers are a strange breed- a motley group of characters whose message to humanity is often one of nonconformity. The men and women who write, talk, photograph, or illustrate the news of the outdoors cannot be stereo-typed. More often than not, the outdoor writer will be the man down the street who works each day for a local business or industrial firm. Some are with government agencies….while others can be found in the high-pressure commercial world of the public relations and advertising agencies…for once the necessities of their vocations are overcome, these people turn to their compelling avocation of telling others about their first love- the fields and forests, the oceans and brooks, the mountains and lake shores, for it is the world of nature that gives real meaning to their lives in which they find the true quality of their living.”
There are lovely illustrations by famed wildlife illustrator and Pennsylvanian, Ned Smith.
Good sources for books on angling or hunting include: