Today, the outdoor world mourns the passing of Pat, arguably the most famous outdoor writer of his day—but more than that, my dearest friend. He was, of course, a talented writer, but he was also the nicest man I've ever known. He would talk to strangers at length, even offering to buy them lunch. His audience was composed of not only hunters, but nonhunters as well. He appealed to everyone with his wonderful stories about his wife, Bun, his sister, The Troll, Rancid Crabtree, and many others. His books and columns achieved national acclaim. Many of his books were on The New York Times Best Sellers list, and several of his articles were published in Reader's Digest.