Welcome to the expanded edition of William G. Tapply’s Sportsman’s Legacy: A rich memoir of a man’s life with his great sportsman father, his beloved family, and his adored Brittany.

Bill first published Sportsman’s Legacy in 1993. Since that time, sadly, both he and his dad, H.G. “Tap” Tapply have passed away. Over those 17 years, Bill wrote numerous outdoor articles, novels and produced three collaborative novels with Philip R. Craig.

The original Sportsman’s Legacy told of an amazing father-son bond forged in the outdoors.

Bill and Tap, early 1990s

Of course, that father, Tap Tapply, was a giant among sporting writers and editors and Bill Tapply became revered in his own right as the author of more than 30 mystery novels, a dozen outdoor books, and hundreds of articles.

Yet the tale is a universal one. It speaks not just to fathers and sons, but to anyone who appreciates the bonds of family and friendship, both human and animal. The new edition expands on the original themes of cherishing nature’s fragile mysteries, of loving her wild creatures, and of how a father and son’s meaningful connection can spark a deep and profound love of family and friends. We hope you enjoy this new edition.


  1. Roger Estella
    Apr 25, 2014

    I know that I’ve written before,but it doesn’t matter.It is as if a dear friend has been lost, but my wife and I realize we now can go back to the beginning where we started,and feel as if it were the first time all over again! God Bless what he has left us to endure in his name and talent!

  2. Rocky
    Jun 2, 2014

    This is a must read book. It is near and dear to my heart because of the hunting legacy that was passed down to me as well and Tapply does an incredible job of describing it with words and pictures.

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