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Cult .44
January 28, 2009, 09:28 PM
I'm not much of a hunter, pheasants once in awhile, but I just finished reading a really good hunting narrative (and history/science book) called "American Buffalo" by Steven Rinella. Rinella becomes obsessed with Buffalo after finding the skull of one in Montana and then later draws a tag to hunt wild buffalo in Alaska.

The hunting tale is pretty intense (think of dealing with a 1,000-pound buffalo kill in a very remote area by yourself with grizzlies hanging around) and it's the main thread that Rinella hangs a whole bunch of stuff about buffalo on -- their behavior, their natural history, their relationship with humans past and present. All of which I found fascinating and much of it is surprising. (If you don't like digressions, you probably won't like this book.)

He doesn't talk whole lot about it, but his gun of choice is a .300 magnum rifle (almost certainly bolt action). He does mention putting duct tape over the end of the barrel when he's moving through brush, partly to keep debris out and partly to keep out ice and water. He says gas seeping around the bullet blows out the tape before the bullet reaches the end of the barrel.

Anyway, I enjoyed it a lot. I wonder if there are other hunting books like this where the authors weave a lot of history/natural history, ecology, etc. into the story. I've been thinking about checking out one of Teddy Roosevelt's hunting books.

January 28, 2009, 11:30 PM
Look up, Indian Creek Chronicals, its not a big book but a very good outdoor readers delight:)

Cult .44
January 29, 2009, 12:08 AM
Looks good. Just added Indian Creek Chronicles to my Amazon shopping cart. Thanks

January 29, 2009, 02:09 PM
Anything by Peter Hathaway Capstick is good.

Hemmingway had a nice book about hunting in Africa.

H.W. French
January 29, 2009, 02:50 PM
"IN DEFENSE of HUNTING", James A Swan and "ON KILLING", Robert F Jones are the two latest that I've picked up. IN DEFENSE... takes an anthropological view and ON KILLING is more of a collection of essays surrounding different aspects of the hunt and hunters. Both pretty good reads. Another classic is "BEYOND FAIR CHASE". Very short.

Cult .44
January 29, 2009, 11:19 PM
The Swan book looks like just the thing. Thanks.

January 29, 2009, 11:38 PM

I read Steve Rinella's American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon a few
weeks ago. Outstanding book. I can't say enough good about it. Very
gifted writer. I would easily use the words "young Hemingway" about
this fellow.

Jack O'Connor's books are gems. You won't regret spending time with
any of those.