Call of the Mild - Lily Raff McCaulou

Call of the Mild

By Lily Raff McCaulou

  • Release Date: 2012-06-12
  • Genre: Nature
Score: 5
From 8 Ratings


When Lily Raff McCaulou traded in an indie film production career in New York for a reporting job in central Oregon, she never imagined that she'd find herself picking up a gun and learning to hunt. She'd been raised as a gun-fearing environmentalist and an animal lover, and though a meat-eater, she'd always abided by the principle that harming animals is wrong. But Raff McCaulou's perspective shifted when she began spending weekends fly-fishing and weekdays interviewing hunters for her articles, realizing that many of them were more thoughtful about animals and the environment than she was.

So she embarked upon the project of learning to hunt from square one. From attending a Hunter Safety course designed for children to field dressing an elk and serving it for dinner, she explores the sport of hunting and all it entails, and tackles the big questions surrounding one of the most misunderstood American practices and pastimes. Not just a personal memoir, this book also explores the role of the hunter in the twenty-first century, the tension (at times artificial) between hunters and environmentalists, and new models of sustainable and ethical food procurement.


  • Great insights

    By Taxlaw1
    This is a must read for all young ladies (especially young lady hunters). One of the best books of the season. Great gift. Great summer reading choice.
  • Call of the Mild

    By Larry Webb
    Well done. This book was an excellent read and reminded me of my first hunt. I was fortunate to have my wife hunt with me last year and I'm hoping that she will enjoy this book as much as I did. Whether you are a novice or a professional hunter, you will enjoy this book!