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Ghost Buck

One Man’s Family and Their Hunting Traditions

Dean Bennett

240 pages
Islandport Press

Using in-depth records from his family’s hunting journal, including photographs and letters dating back to the 1800s and a detailed camp register from 1936 to the present, Ghost Buck draws on the long history of noted environmentalist and hunter, Dean Bennett’s extended family, beginning with his beloved grandfather, and tells of the changes that have affected hunting and the landscape in western Maine since his boyhood. Combining his skills as an illustrator and story-teller, Bennett skillfully weaves memoir, natural history, politics, and hope into a volume chock-full of information about hunting in a changing world. This is not a book about how to hunt, nor is it a defense of hunting as an issue, but rather a paean to the the traditions of a family and a rura and nature-centric lifestyle that will ring true to hunters and non-hunters alike. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs and line drawings by the author. Foreword by Robert Kimber.

Author Bio

Dean B. Bennett is professor emeritus at the University of Maine at Farmington. He has authored numerous books on wilderness and environmental stewardship, including several on the Allagash River, as well as illustrating and writing beloved children’s books. Much of his professional life has been devoted to teaching and writing in the fields of science and environmental education, natural history, and human relationships with nature. His books include Allagash: Maine’s Wild and Scenic River; The Forgotten Nature of New England; Nature and Renewal: Wild River and Beyond; and The Wilderness from Chamberlain Farm: A Story of Hope for the American Wild.