This is the account of a man's initiation into the outdoors heritage of his home territory. Jim Kilgo was born and raised not to far from the bottomlands of the Great Pee Dee River in South Carolina, but it was not until he was grown that he began to respond to the powerful lure of the forests, fields, and swamplands of the South and the wildlife that inhabit them. For Kilgo, reentry into the wilderness becomes a window on the life that men can lead, within nature and out of it. His tales of hunting and fishing will delight anyone who has ever used rod or gun, yet by no means is this a book for devotees of hunting alone. What is rediscovered here illuminates the lives of human beings who, all to often unknowingly, are integrally part of the larger rhythms of nature and the seasons.