This website is devoted to the writings of renown Wisconsin
outdoor writer Don L. Johnson (1927-2006). A long-awaited collection of 115 of Johnson's nature essays, Summer's
Song and Other Essays, was released in November, 2005. This collection has received very positive reviews
from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal, Wisconsin Public Radio, and Wisconsin
Outdoor News, among others.
Summer's Song -- a 300-page trade paperback --
was issued by Hackmatack Hollow Press, a project of Don Johnson's family. The book is not in general distribution to
bookstores, but can be ordered for $21.50 per copy, shipping included, as explained below.
Bob Riepenhoff, outdoor writer for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel,
wrote, "I say buy it. When you read these essays it will be like taking another quiet walk through Wisconsin's seasons alongside
one of the finest outdoor writers this state has ever produced."
Dave Carlson, outdoor writer and host/producer of
the popular TV program Northland Adventures, wrote, "Read Summer's Song throughout the seasons, then look
outside. Read it to your children and grandchildren, then take them for a walk. Like Aldo Leopold, Sigurd Olson or Gordon
MacQuarrie, Don L. Johnson's words never wear out. . . . They're just wonderful stories that will enrich your life."
writer Dick Ellis wrote in Wisconsin Outdoor News, "It only takes a few paragraphs of Don Johnson’s work to
know he is something very special. Speaking for myself only as an outdoor writer, it is a humbling experience to see
where the standards have been set.... Do yourself a favor. Read a Don Johnson story."
Tim Eisele, outdoors columnist
for the Madison Capital Times, wrote, "Johnson, from Menomonie, is one of the best outdoor writers to ever
emerge from the back country of Wisconsin. He was a tenacious investigative reporter, breaking the story about the problems
DDT posed to the environment . . . In his writings as outdoors editor of the Milwaukee Sentinel from 1962 to 1983,
Johnson’s fine prose on a variety of subjects were some of the best. . . . [Summer’s Song] brings together
some of his best writings."
Paul Smith, outdoor writer for the Racine Journal-Times,
wrote, "For two decades, Don Johnson was outdoors writer for the Milwaukee Sentinel, during which time he wrote about
adventures as far afield as Alaska and Africa. But his stories of local ramblings, especially near his home in western
Waukesha County, drew perhaps the highest critical acclaim."
Tom Huggler of Michigan Out-of-Doors magazine wrote, "The
author was a keen observer of place and a wonderful wordsmith highly skilled at capturing imagery. His varied landscape
-- 'highland and marsh, hardwood hills and tamarack swamp, field and fencerow, seeping spring and rippling creek -- provided
unending inspiration.' . . . This is a book you'll want to read one essay at a time."
How to order Summer's Song and Other Essays
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Essays, as follows:
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2: ORDER BY U.S. MAIL
If you prefer, the book can be ordered by sending check or money order for $21.50 per
book (which includes the shipping charge), to:
Hackmatack Hollow Press
Adelphi, Maryland 20783-1305
method you use to order, the book will be sent via the U.S. Postal Service, at the "media mail" rate, usually within 72 hours
of the receipt of your order.
U.S. Postal Service "priority mail" service is available
for an additional $3.50 per book (thus, $25 per copy by priority mail).
Click here to order Summer's Song by credit card ($21.50 price includes shipping).
|Web of life, pattern of survival. Photo by Don L. Johnson (1974).
Don L. Johnson was a gifted photographer of nature,
leaving behind a collection of several thousand 35mm color slides, including extensive collections of high-quality images
of Wisconsin wildlife, wildflowers, and natural settings. For information on the use of individual images from this
collection or the purchase of topical sets, contact Hackmatack Hollow Press.
More about Don L. Johnson
Don L. Johnson (1927-2006) was among Wisconsin's best known
outdoor writers. In 2000, Wisconsin Outdoor Journal named him as among "The Century Honor Roll" of 20 individuals
who had the greatest influence on hunting, fishing, and conservation in Wisconsin during the 20th century. During his long
career, Johnson was known as an adventurer who hiked, hunted, fished, and photographed in such far-flung places as Africa,
Cuba, the Andes, the Amazon, Mexico, the Yukon, and Alaska – but also as a tenacious investigative reporter who blew
the whistle on DDT and other pollutants in the environment, and who challenged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as they tried
to ditch and drain the Cache River bottomlands in Arkansas.
There was also the man who simply went for strolls in the
woods, taking notes which he crafted into vignettes. The walks were the basis for most of the essays now collected in Summer's
Song, many of which were initially published in the Milwaukee Sentinel during the years (1962-84) that Johnson
worked as outdoor writer for that newspaper. Regarding these essays, the late Jay Reed, longtime outdoor writer for the Milwaukee
Journal, wrote in 1982, "Whoever read them would surely have taken the same walk."
In 1961, Johnson received the
Gordon MacQuarrie Award "For Telling the Conservation Story." He was named to the Milwaukee Press Club Media Hall of Fame
and the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, and as an honorary life member of the Outdoor Communications Association "in recognition
of a lifetime of service to Wisconsin's outdoors." In 2005, Johnson was honored by the Outdoor Writers Association of America
"for excellence in outdoor communication." He has received other honors from the Audubon Society, Ruffed Grouse Society, Great
Lakes Sport Fishermen, Wisconsin Newspaper Association, UPI, AP, the U.S. EPA, and the Wisconsin and Arkansas Wildlife Federations,
Click here to download a flyer with excerpts from reviews of "Summer's Song" by Don L. Johnson (Microsoft Word format)
Click here to read a feature article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about the life and death of Don L. Johnson.
Click here to read the review of "Summer's Song and Other Essays" by Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel outdoor writer Bob Riepenhoff
|Don L. Johnson (1927-2006)
Hackmatack Hollow Press
9706 24th Avenue
|Sigurd F. Olson and Don L. Johnson.
|Ruffed grouse. Photo by Don L. Johnson
|Also available . . .Grouse & Woodcock: A Gunner's Guide, by Don L. Johnson. 220 pages, $21.50.
Click here to purchase "Grouse & Woodcock" by credit
card ($21.50 price includes shipping).