Published: May 9 2023
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 192
Illustrations: 10 b&w halftones
PAPERBACK: 978-1-64336-383-7

Outdoors & Nature
Memoir & Biography
Travelogue & Essays
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The Jon Boat Years

And Other Stories Afield with Fine Friends, Fair Dogs, a Shotgun, and a Fly Rod

Jim Mize





Delightful tales of hunting and fishing, family, friends, dogs, and precious time well spent.

Nationally recognized and award-winning writer Jim Mize captures the true essence of sport and living life to the fullest in this collection of stories about his outdoor escapades. In tales spanning more than five decades, Mize invites readers into carefree days hiking through the Colorado Rockies with a fly rod and leisurely casting poppers to bludgill on small southern ponds. Cold days shivering in a duck blind or deer hunting trips lost in fog all make for fine memories. And then there are the dogs. Meet boot-eating Labs, setters with fine noses, and a Brittany spaniel that loved to bounce through frosted kudzu. Mize's humorous stories entertain and return readers to their own turkey hunting or creek-fishing excursions. Black-and-white line drawings from artist Bob White illustrate stories filled with laughter, quiet contemplation, and wonder. Mize reminds the young and old that the pleasure of the pursuit matters most.

Jim Mize writes humor and nostalgia about his life outdoors. Hist earlier books have been recognized by the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association and Professional Outdoor Media Association. He pens his stories from his cabin in the South Carolina mountains while his Lab, Moose, keeps the bears at bay.

"In his ability to capture the elusive essence of sport, [Mize] serves as a voice for all of us. That's a rare gift and is precisely what makes The Jon Boat Years a treasure that should be read and enjoyed not just now but for generations to come."—Jim Casada, from the foreword

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