About Ghost Buck: The Legacy of One Man's Family and Its Hunting Traditions;
Dean Bennett uses his formidable knowledge to add personal depth and poignancy to a multi-generational tale that explores the erosion of public land use, the degradation of the environment, and the changing rural culture in the Northeast since the 1800s.
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, Dean Bennett tells of the changes that have affected hunting and the landscape in western Maine since his boyhood. Bennett skillfully weaves memoir, natural history, politics, and emotion into a volume chock-full of information about hunting in a changing world. This is not a book about how to hunt, but rather a paean to the traditions of a family and a rural and nature-centric lifestyle that will ring true to hunters and non-hunters alike.
About the Author:
Dean Bennett, a lifelong Maine resident, went on his first hunting trip to his family’s Camp Sheepskin at the age of three and has spent each hunting season since at the camp. Bennett has been a cabinetmaker, curriculum developer, education program evaluator, college professor, and author. An advocate for the environment, Bennett names deer hunting as a pastime, and simultaneously has stressed the importance of environmental ethics while serving on various environmental organizations over his lifetime. He lives in Hallowell, Maine, with his wife, biologist Sheila K. Bennett. Ghost Buck: The Legacy of One Man’s Family and its Hunting Traditions is his tenth book.
"Dean used his family’s camp register, photos, and letters from the 1880s to today, to write this wonderful book that is sure to trigger your own memories, whether or not you have your own family camp . . . you don’t have to be a hunter to enjoy this book. It’s a real treasure."
––George Smith, Bangor Daily News (George's Outdoor News)
On the surface, Ghost Buck is purely about generations of the Bennett family gathering every fall to hunt deer. But peer deeper, and you’ll find a family that has not let the uncertainties of life (war, sickness, hard times, distance) hinder their cherished traditions. Even if you are opposed to hunting for sport (“I’m not a trophy hunter” the author affirms), Ghost Buck will draw you in, making you feel like one of the Bennett family. And you just may find yourself thinking of your own family and its traditions and how to keep them going for generations to come.
––James M. Fisher, The Miramichi Reader
"When his [Dean Bennett's] prose takes you through the woods surrounding Camp Sheepskin, you can smell the bog. You can hear the deer blow. You can see the thick snow that blankets the woods."
––John Holyoke, Bangor Daily News
On Saturday, July 30th, 10:30-12:30, Dean Bennett's sale/signing will be his recent release Ghost Buck; The Legacy of One Man's Family and Its Hunting Traditions, illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs from the author.