Writing Wild: The Tales and Trials of a Wisconsin Outdoor Journalist


Take a deep breath, hitch up your pack, and follow me into some of the wildest country imaginable. Grab a forgotten pencil and a musty journal to guide yourself through the childhood trout streams and remembered glades of Barron County. Ride a canoe over roaring rapids and paint a colored portrait in northwestern Wisconsin’s Brule Country wilderness, where legends and lore conspire together and capture one’s soul. Jump into my adventure car for a gambled tour down the Road of Dreams. And listen closely as I whisper the secrets to be found along the suburban trails branching from my own back yard. If you don’t mind getting a bit muddy from the tales and trails of a Wisconsin outdoor journalist, follow me….

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“Luthens is a master of the written word. He pulls you time and again from the routines of everyday life and lifts you into a magical world of forests, fields, and downright fun. If Luthens is writing it, I’m reading it.”
Art Dumke, publisher of Badger Sportsman magazine

“Take a hike with John Luthens and Writing Wild. The imagery is striking, and you will swear you are on the trail through his cherished homeland or the unique boreal forest that skirts the south shore of Lake Superior. The rush of a stream’s fast water, the sweet taste of wild blueberries, the scent of a pine forest, the cleansing steam of a sauna, the flash of color from a trout on the run, and legs aching from a day well spent… All infused with memories as crystal clear as the rivers hurrying to the Great Inland Sea.”
Ross Fruen, author of Boys of the Brule

“Writing Wild is a wonderful evocation of northwest Wisconsin and is particularly vivid to one who has lived in that area in a summertime cabin. We have driven in the barrens, where driving is an adventure on sandy logging roads. We have canoed the Brule from its headwaters to the mouth. We have taken sauna with our Finnish neighbors. We have picked blueberries in the barrens, and Writing Wild is as delectable as a wild blueberry pie. Have some.”
Steven D. Fortney, author of The Cabin

“Opening the pages of Writing Wild is like sitting around a campfire and listening to the author’s stories. Luthens pulls the reader into the wildest reaches, some remote, and some hiding right in your own back yard. If you’re looking for the perfect book to crack open on vacation, this is it.”
Ron Stresing, Wisconsin outdoor journalist

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