Heart and Blood by Richard Nelson

This title is part of BHA's Jim Posewitz Digital Library: Required Reading for Conservationists


When I first read Heart and Blood more than 15 years ago, I was still a vegetarian. It fundamentally changed my understanding of hunting and wildlife conservation, opening my eyes to the profound historical and ecological interconnection between deer and humans. What impressed me most was the nuance and respect with which Nelson explores the viewpoints of diverse groups – from farmers to anti-hunting activists to suburban gardeners to high-fence trophy hunters – while staying rooted in his own perspective as a dedicated conservationist who grew up in a non-hunting family but learned to hunt among the Koyukon in Alaska.

-TOVAR CERULLI,  Author of The Mindful Carnivore and New England BHA Chapter Co-chair


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