Field Notes from Wild Places
by Gordie White
There are some things I knew about Gordie White before I read his book…and one important thing I did not know. I knew that he was not only an experienced hunter, but a passionate, with a genuine love for wild places and wild creatures. I knew that he’d been brought up as a hunter, and that this is, essentially, his life as well as his hobby, both his avocation and vocation. It’s my chronological misfortune to consider him young, but he’s filled his years with a tremendous amount of experience, from Canada to Africa and back again, with multiple stops in between. I knew these things because we’ve shared African campfires together…and I knew one thing more: Gordie White is one of the good guys, honest, self-deprecating, not given to the shameless self-promotion that, in this era of mass communication without accountability, turns inexperienced ‘wanna-be’s’ into self-proclaimed gurus. But there was one important thing that I did not know about Gordie White: The man can write! Although I’m sure there are more, there are two things that make a book like this worthy of reading. First, the writer must have a genuine story to tell. Second, he must be able to tell it. Gordie White passes both tests, and has given us a great story, worth telling and worth reading.
Author, Hunter, Colonel USMC (ret)
I first met Gordie when he was a guide at Peace River, Alberta, the frozen northernmost edge of whitetail range. I soon found myself impressed with his knowledge, skill, experience and, most of all, his humility. By hunt’s end, my respect for Gordie as a person and hunter had grown to the point that I knew we would be lifelong friends. And so it has been. Gordie is one of those rare people who under promises and over delivers. It’s taken me years to coax out a fraction of what he knows and the amazing things he has seen and done as a guide and hunter. But now, you don’t have to wait for years to learn of the man and his incredible exploits. He’s captured it all in his book, Field Notes from Wild Places. In it, you’ll come to feel Gordie’s passion and respect for wild places and its game. His warm, intimate writing style will put you there, in the mist of the excitement, danger and adventure born of a life in the wild. You’ll come away not only entertained and awed, but also armed with greater knowledge and renewed passion. I know I did.
Author, Hunter, Founder/Owner N.A. Whitetail Magazine, and Tecomate Seed
Gordie is the most modest hunter I know, yet his stories are as rich, entertaining, and action-packed as anything by Ruark, Hemingway, or Corbett. How does he do that? He’s just that damn good of a writer.
GAYNE C. YOUNG
Editor North American Hunter
After many trips abroad and four decades in the outdoors, I was amazed at how much I learned reading Field Notes from Wild Places. Gordie White has done a masterful job crafting interesting, exciting, compelling, and detailed vicarious journeys for the reader. Field Notes from Wild Places now holds the spot as the best of the many hunting books I have ever read.
Author of Staying Alive – How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters
There are two things that make a book like this worthy of reading. First, the writer must have a genuine story to tell. Second, he must be able to tell it. Gordie White passes both tests, and has given us a great story, worth telling and worth reading.
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