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November 17, 2008

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Wanna be a Published Outdoor Writer?


We have a friend named Tosh Brown that's an outdoor photographer. He's starting a publishing company for writers. Go figure...

Tosh wants to challenge the traditional avenue people are published and give a chance to, "facilitate a select list of accomplished writers who are challenging the traditional boundaries of sporting and expedition publishing. Instead of continually churning out volumes of comfortable and habitual writing, we're looking to occasionally publish something really unique."

Check out a list of subjects he's looking for consideration.

Know anybody who wants to get published in the outdoor arena? Have that special story that no one else will even look at?

Visit Departure publishing to have a shot at winning the first signed book they're going to publish here. It's going to be called The Alaska Chronicles and basically is a memoir kept by Miles Nolte who transmitted via satellite Internet a semi-daily account of what it's really like to be a fly fishing guide on a remote Alaskan river. Departure is turning that dialog into a book.



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Evan V

I kinda do, but I'd have to actually write the story.
On Panfish in Baltimore creeks: Challenge? Pfff


YES!!! I want to publish an outdoors article. My first one would be completely unique. I would like to write a story about hunting for a small, little known North American gamebird called the Bobwhite Quail. As best I can tell, no one at Field and Stream has ever heard of one. Maybe if I do well, Field and Stream will pick me up. We like to use something we call Bird Dogs (English Setters in my group) and these amazing animals actually stop and point (with their noses, not with their paws) to the area where the bird scent is coming from. You walk up and then the air is filled with the beating of wings. It's incredible, and this major outdoor magazine has never even heard of it!! I'll be famous, like this guy named Gene Hill.

Mr. Creosote

Wags, can these "quail" creatures that you speak of be "managed" to grow large, impressive antlers and then conditioned to respond to the gentle patter of falling corn? Can they be hunted by fat guys on four-wheelers? Can you selectively "harvest" the largest of these "quail" and then ascribe a value based not on the quality of the hunt but solely on the basis of size?

And most importantly, could an entire industry of knicknacks, trinkets and gizmos be built upon the pursuit of these creatures?

I seem to recall from the dim corners of memory a bird not unlike the one you describe. I also vaguely recall most outdoor magazines had on retainer someone called a "gun dog editor" whose job was to dispense advice and tell stories about men who actually used dogs to hunt. But beyond that my memory grows fuzzy.

But to be honest I grew up in front of a TV, and I thought the only bird species we could legally hunt in the US was the turkey, although I hear some adherents of the "old ways" still hunt ducks and pheasants.

Far be from me to discourage the written word, but I'm not sure anyone would know what the hell you were talking about...


Mr. Creosote, I sense in your prose a kindred spirit. I have some friends of a like mind, although I must admit they are all over the age of 50 (me being a pup of 36). My younger (hunting) friends mostly follow the cult of which you speak, where gentlemanly pursuit with canine companionship is discarded for the glitz of "dry scores" and "beam mass". As you state, far more trinkets and "stuff" to ogle over.

Hey Deet, are you seeing this. Any chance it could get passed along to the powers that be at that literary pinnacle of all things found in the "Field & Stream". I hate to waste this good stuff on the FlyBlog, but I haven't seen the "UplanderBlog" yet!!

Mr. Creosote

Wags, if you're ever in the vicinity of the Sooner State I may be able to hook you up with a few of these mythical beasts...if they do indeed exist.

jerry k

i have a researchpaper on pebble mine but its really elementery. taking journalism class next semester and will probably have a story by then


Mr. Creosote, I might just go out of my way to be in the vincinity of the Sooner state soley for the purpose of taking you up on that!! Guess we'll have to figure out a way to share info without posting it to the known free world! Oh, and I would like to offer the same should you find yourself in the SE Indiana area!

Old Timer

Mr. Creosote, I am one of those 50+ (way past 50) friends of which Wags speaks and can assure you that these mythical creatures called quail do indeed exist not only in legend. Due to my advanced years I can recall a time when they were pursued by man and dog with passion. We that still pursue them seem to be considered by many hunters and outdoor magazines as odd and mythical in our own way much as bigfoot hunters I suppose. I ran into one of these "hunters" that magazines so like to write about just the other day and was sure I had run into a Navy Seal in the field due to all the gadgetry he was carrying.

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