Call of the Mild by Lily Raff McCaulou
Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner

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When Lily Raff McCaulou traded in an indie film production career in New York for a reporting job in central Oregon, she never imagined that she'd find herself picking up a gun and learning to hunt. She'd been raised as a gun-fearing environmentalist and an animal lover, and though a meat-eater, she'd always abided by the principle that harming animals is wrong. But Raff McCaulou's perspective shifted when she began spending weekends fly-fishing and weekdays interviewing hunters for her articles, realizing that many of them were more thoughtful about animals and the environment than she was.

So she embarked upon the project of learning to hunt from square one. From attending a Hunter Safety course designed for children to field dressing an elk and serving it for dinner, she explores the sport of hunting and all it entails, and tackles the big questions surrounding one of the most misunderstood American practices and pastimes. Not just a personal memoir, this book also explores the role of the hunter in the twenty-first century, the tension (at times artificial) between hunters and environmentalists, and new models of sustainable and ethical food procurement.

About Lily Raff McCaulou

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Lily Raff McCaulou lives in Bend, Oregon, where she writes a twice weekly column for the Bend Bulletin. In 2010, she completed a prestigious Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan, where she researched this book.
Published June 12, 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. 316 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Cooking. Non-fiction

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Lily Raff McCaulou is from suburban Washington, D.C. She attended a New England liberal arts college, then moved to New York City to work in independent film production. There were no hunters among her family and friends. She "grew up terrified of guns."

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