Mark Henckel, my good pal and longtime outdoor scribe for the Billings Gazette, dropped me a note of appreciation for this week’s random quote by Gordon MacQuarrie, perhaps the premier writer in the hunting and fishing genre during the 1930s and 40s.

“MacQuarrie is the outdoor writer who I admire more than any other in terms of his ability to paint word pictures and write humor, serious stuff, and really capture the right tone in an article. He was absolutely the best. You mention 1998 as the year of publication. That was through Willow Creek Press. I got a copy of that book back in the 1970s and about wore it out. I lent it to someone and never got it back. I’ve since bought the Willow Creek Press edition. Nobody else can hold a candle to him. — mark”

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