We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"I wrote this book to tell a story -a good, old-fashioned adventure tale about some bird dogs, hunting and the life led while living a dream to complete my version of a 'grand slam' on North America's upland birds."
He did the whole thing without guides. Get it and read it. Amazon does not seem to have it.
Fine book, but Joe used a lot of guides to achieve his goal. Nothing wrong with that nor does it diminish the achievement. Just don't want anyone mislead. A good wild bird guide (and Joe used some great ones) can add immeasurably to the hunt.