In chronicling the Chenier Plain’s transition from a center of market hunting to one of sport hunting in his book, “Chenier Plain,” Crowell draws together over 140 illustrations. He highlights the opportunistic land purchases by a U.S. president, British and American businessmen, a university president and an illiterate French-speaking Acadian whose property became the nexus of The Coastal Club, the oldest hunting lodge in the geographic region.
These events, combined with the background of six hunting clubs established before 1929 and modern methods of waterfowl habitat conservation, illustrate how inextricably linked sport hunting is to the life and preservation of this remote Louisiana world of ridges and marsh.
Crowell is a retired attorney from Alexandria.
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