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Ranch underwrites printing of a new waterfowling book

Spread Oaks Ranch has underwritten the printing of a new book, titled Images of the Hunt: A Photographic History of Texas Waterfowling. Forrest and Audrey Wylie have a deep appreciation of Texas history, and this was an opportunity to support “one of their own” – ranch duck guide Rob Sawyer – with his third book on waterfowl hunting history. Images of the Hunt is a pictorial celebration of the sport, its over 240 images capturing crane, goose, duck, and shorebird hunting from about 1900 to the end of the century. The images show how hunters accessed the hunt, from mules to trains to automobiles, sails to motorboats and airboats, and the many kinds of marsh buggies developed over the years. The reader will follow where the hunter stayed in the field – from tents to trapper shacks, camps to houseboats, and hunting clubs – as well as the evolution of gadgets and gear sportsmen used, such as their firearms, duck boats, blinds, decoys, and retrievers. In short, it’s a nostalgic look back through the eyes of the sportsman to a time and place that, for the most part, no longer exists. The book, as well as the first two volumes, is available for purchase at robertksawyer.com.