Life in the Wild
It's the thrill of the chase and the pride in the victory.
For Edward Murphy of Clarks Summit, deer hunting has been a part of his life for more than 40 years. Having chronicled each hunting season from the start, Murphy decided to collect the stories from his escapades in the wild - the result of which is his first book, "A Pennsylvania Deer Hunter."
Murphy will host a book signing during the 12th annual J&B Hunting and Fishing Flea Market and Show, which will be held this Saturday, March 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel, 300 Meadow Avenue, Scranton.
The J&B Hunting and Fishing Flea Market and Show was founded by Bob Kester and the late John Mecca in 2002 and was originally held at the Lake Winola Fire Department. As it grew in popularity, it was held at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church before moving to Scranton.
Murphy explained that he had been thinking about writing a book about his hunting experiences for a while until fate intervened.
"I was still toying with the idea of starting this book project when I suffered an injury while moving the lawn," he said. "I slipped and fell on a wet patch of grass, came down on my elbow and tore my rotator cuff. After surgery, I was unable to work or do much of anything else, but I was able to type."
Murphy only told his wife, Joan, about his plans to publish his memoirs.
"I didn't want anyone asking me about it," he said. "I didn't want anyone scoffing at my idea, either. If I didn't like the way it came out, I could just pull the plug on the project. Since nobody would know about it, I wouldn't disappoint anyone or have to answer any questions about it."
"A Pennsylvania Deer Hunter" took Murphy a month to complete, after spending six to 10 hours a day writing. He published his book with CreateSpace, a subsidiary of Amazon.com.
Murphy explained that there is more to hunting than what meets the eye.
"Once I experienced the excitement of actually hunting, I was hooked," he said. "Of course, as I've grown older, my perspective has evolved. I enjoy the camaraderie of hunting camp. I love the peace and tranquility of simply sitting and enjoying the natural world around me. As an added bonus, I occasionally bring home some excellent table fare."
Admission to the J&B Hunting and Fishing Flea Market and Show is $10 from 8-9 a.m. and $4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children younger than 10 are admitted for free with a paying adult. For more information, visit www.jandbhuntfishshow.com.