Edward Murphy, 54, Clarks Summit, had long been writing down the stories of his hunts for himself and his family. Over the years, he amassed a large collection of tales from his adventures.
I'd always written notes to myself, he said. Just to have an idea what happened what year. As the years go by, everything kind of blurs together and eventually the notes became a little more than notes.
He started turning his notes into narratives that he typed and printed each year.
With the advent of the home computer, it blossomed into a full-blown journal with stories, he said. After every season, it became quite lengthy.
His wife, Joan, and his sister encouraged Murphy to compile the essays into a book and publish it professionally. Last summer, Murphy suffered an accident while mowing his lawn. . During his convalescence, he began researching the process of publishing a book and began splicing his stories into a manuscript. I decided to take the plunge, he said.
The book details episodes, from his first time hunting game as a teen to his own sons' experiences. Passing on a love of and passion for hunting from one generation to the next is one of the main themes of the book, Murphy said. He tells the story of how his uncle Mike Shillick mentored him. Murphy continues the theme with a few tales about the adventures and misadventures with his sons, E.J. and Mark.
A Pennsylvania Deer Hunter chronicles the most interesting, informative, humorous and poignant stories of his 40 plus years of hunting. From the disappointment of a missed opportunity to the joy of his sons' first hunts Ed brings the reader on a fascinating trip through the decades, is featured on the book jacket.
I was very satisfied with the way it turned out, Murphy said of his literary handiwork.
Murphy, who has been hunting for more than 40 years, will host a signing for his book, A Pennsylvania Deer Hunter, at Gander Mountain in Dickson City from 1 to 9 p.m., Nov. 21.