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BUCK FEVER

It's that time of year again when Boy Wonder and his uncle pass early Saturday mornings from a deer stand they refer to as the Taj Mahal.  Last year, my son took his first buck with his grandfather and uncle beside him.  The story of the big buck and my son's experience that morning has become as much a part of our family history as the stories of my great uncle's grappling for catfish.

Hunting has been a long standing tradition in my family.  We have our own land -- not a hunting lease -- and my dad, my brother, and my son manage the wildlife.  If you want to see an old country boy mad, let my father find out you've been hunting out of season or killing wildlife for no reason.  My family shoots selectively, and we process the deer for consumption -- including very lean venison chili and chicken fried venison steaks.  My dad even shares the meat with his Mexican-American neighbors who use it make the best tamales EVER. 
 
I know that the hunting thing isn't for everyone.  Plus One, my hubby, doesn't hunt much either.  He'd much rather shoot the deer with a Canon camera than a Smith and Wesson.  

My author-friend Cynthia Chapman Willis has an amazing book out that resonates in this hunting season.  Whether your family hunts or not, BUCK FEVER is a great read about a struggling family and the tradition of hunting.  It's a sensitive portrayal that does not villanize hunters.  Although I think girls will relate, I must say that BUCK FEVER is perfect for boys.  It was never an issue in my house, but some boys may feel pressure to hunt.  BUCK FEVER would be a great starting point for a discussion with kids on their interest in hunting.   The English teacher in me thinks it would make a great read followed by a persuasive essay on hunting.  I hope that middle school libraries, especially in rural areas where hunting is popular, have the book on hand.

Below is the book trailer, and here's an excerpt from the Booklist review:

". . .The quietness of nature and small-town life is wonderfully reflected in Willis’ patient and artful prose, and every hunting detail feels authentic, from the construction of deer blinds to the skinning of animals. An unusually sensitive and reflective boy-centric book."



 

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