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Afield, Whole Larder Love

Released last fall, Afield and Whole Larder Love both approach cooking with local sustainable foods, advocating home gardens, wild gathering, and game hunting. The recipes found in each are fairly simple to follow if you have basic kitchen experience, and it’s refreshing to see more education in an area where there is large disconnect between dinner tables and food sources.

Page layout wise, Afield has more of a traditional cookbook feel, while Whole Larder Love uses a trendier style (no doubt influenced by the general styles of the publishers – Afield is from Welcome Books, and Whole Larder Love is from powerHouse). Both are worthwhile to have though, and I think are among the highlights of last year’s otherwise stale cookbook industry.

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Fall Inspirations – The Purdey Catalogue

Available through Purdey’s website (pdf).


Hunting, Fishing and Camping

First published in 1942 by Leon L. Bean, Hunting, Fishing and Camping is a classic outdoors manual full of howto’s and practical advice. Topics include how to hunt for different types of wildlife, safety, fly-fishing, and cooking out in the field. While it’s fairly old and not carefully edited, most of the information is still relevant and helpful.

Recent copies are easy to find for purchase (and it makes a great gift) but a version published in 1993 is also available for free viewing online. [Google Books]

From Chapter 22 – “You may have read or have heard that fly fishing is an art that requires expensive equipment and the mastery of many difficult tricks. Perhaps you have neglected this part of fishing because you have considered the sport hard to learn. But you certainly won’t learn to fly fish if you don’t try.”

His section on recommended clothing in chapter 12:

Shoes: One pair 12″ Leather Top Rubbers. I also take along a pair of 6 1/2″ Moccasins to wear on dry days on the ridges before snow comes.

Stockings: Two pairs knee-length heavy woolen and two pairs light woolen.

Underwear: Two union suits same as worn at home.

Pants: One pair medium weight all wool with knit or zipper bottom. Also wear from home your heaviest business suit. [?]

Coat: One medium weight, all wool, red and black with game pocket in back.

Shirt: Two medium weight, all wool; one to be red plaid in case you go out to drag in deer without coat.

Cap: A reversible red on one side for deer hunting and brown on the other side for duck hunting.

Gloves: One pair of light weight woolen with leather strips on fingers.

Handkerchiefs: Six red bandanas. Do not use white in woods. I also recommend colored toilet paper.

Miscellaneous: One pair heavy suspenders, one heavy belt, one very light weight sweater or wind breaker, one silk rain shirt, one pajama suit, two towels, a few toilet articles, and one pair slippers. Coming from a long hunt change to slippers and light stockings. This is important to keep feet in best condition.

I believe the “leather top rubbers” would later become the Bean Boot, but I’m not sure what he meant by “heaviest business suit”.


The Purdey Gun Catalogue

James Purdey and Sons, makers of fine guns since 1814. The company has an interesting catalogue available [pdf] going over the differences between its various shotguns and rifles, as well as a bit of its history and gun making process.

Also be sure to check out the clothing section, which is full of hunting related items and accessories sold under the Purdey name.

Related post: Holland & Holland Gun Engravings

Holland & Holland Gun Engravings

From its new stock collection. There is also a section explaining some parts of the process in the factory tour area.

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“Abercrombie & Fitch, Manufacturers of High-grade Outfits, including Outing Garments. 57 Reade Street, New York USA.” Circa 1907, from when they were outfitters to adventurers. View the catalog online. [Google Books]

Also previously covered on Archival Clothing.

Vintage Hunting Photos, via Flickr

Hunting season is here.

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Small Game Hunting in the Old Days
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Hunting with Golden Eagles

Falconry has always fascinated me – never enough to pursue it as a hobby, but enough to enjoy reading about it. This afternoon while studying how the Kazakhs of Mongolia train their golden eagles which they use to hunt foxes and wolves, I came across some interesting photos from festivals that are held to celebrate the craft. From boston.com:

Hunting with Golden Eagles
Could you imagine having one of the largest birds of prey perched on your arm? It could quite easily take something off your face and not think anything of it. In order to build their relationships, both the hunter and bird go through lengthy training together:

Young birds are kept for about a month or two during which they are fed with washed out meat from master hands and become used to the presence of humans.

In late summer they are ‘broken’ by being tied to a wooden block so that they fall when they try to fly away. During this time they are not given food. After few days they become exhausted and ready for training.

They are sat on a pole called a tugir and one of young men pulls a lure made of small animal skins in front of the bird. When she attacks the lure called shirga, they are given some meat as reward. The eagles are trained to hunt marmots, rabbits and small foxes. The hunters eventually train the eagle to hunt down foxes, even wolves.

This type of hunting has been done for supposedly thousands of years, and the practice is passed down through families.

Hunters with Eagles Painting
More photos on flickr.

Small Game Hunting in the Old Days

From the LIFE photo archives, here are a few series of interesting hunting pictures taken in different parts of the world and in different time periods. Two things that are prevalent in all of them: 1) hunting was and still is a very communal activity, and 2) the working relationship between the bird dog and his master.

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