American Big-Game Hunting

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(4.5 stars; 14 reviews)

The first book published by The Boone and Crockett Club founded by Theodore Roosevelt and George Grinnell, who declared in their Editors Note: "Hunting big game in the wilderness is, above all things, a sport for a vigorous and masterful people. The rifle-bearing hunter, whether he goes on foot or on horseback, whether he voyages in a canoe or travels with a dog-sled, must be sound of body and firm of mind, and must possess energy, resolution, manliness, self-reliance, and capacity for hardy self-help. In short, the big-game hunter must possess qualities without which no race can do its life-work well; and these are the very qualities which it is the purpose of this Club, so far as may be, to develop and foster."

A bit outdated as to the equipment they used, this book is nevertheless an intense look at the west in early days, and at the beginnings of the conservationist movement in America. Each chapter focuses on a different animal, from buffalo, mountain goat, elk, pronghorn sheep, grizzlies, etc., indigenous peoples, different areas like the Rockies and Yellowstone, and it still captures the essence of the spirit of the hunt.

The book ends with a list of the club's original 100 members, a veritable Who's Who of Generals, Colonels, Doctors, Senators and Representatives, amongst them that most illustrious Gen'l William T. Sherman. ( ~ Michele Fry, read by LibriVox Volunteers) (6 hr 44 min)


The Boone and Crockett Club 7:26 Read by Michele Fry
A Buffalo Story 8:10 Read by Marty
The White Goat and his Country - Part 1 22:14 Read by Amabam
The White Goat and his Country - Part 2 20:44 Read by Amabam
A Day with the Elk 15:21 Read by Marty
Old Times in the Black Hills 21:52 Read by BettyB
Big Game in the Rockies - Part 1 (Sheep and Elk) 19:26 Read by realisticspeakers
Big Game in the Rockies - Part 2 (Bears) 25:46 Read by realisticspeakers
Coursing the Prongbuck 13:21 Read by Joseph Tabler
After Wapiti in Wyoming 17:22 Read by Michele Fry
In Buffalo Days - Part 1 24:30 Read by Michele Fry
In Buffalo Days - Part 2 23:06 Read by Michele Fry
In Buffalo Days - Part 3 21:21 Read by Michele Fry
Nights with the Grizzlies 31:17 Read by Amabam
The Yellowstone Park as a Game Reservation 36:03 Read by Amabam
A Mountain Fraud 20:44 Read by Marty
Blacktails in the Bad Lands 13:38 Read by Kyle Blackburn
Photographing Wild Game 25:33 Read by BettyB
Literature of American Big-Game Hunting 10:24 Read by BettyB
Our Forest Reservations 13:14 Read by BettyB
The Club Exhibit at the World's Fair 4:06 Read by BettyB
Constitution and By-Laws of the Club, List of Members 8:22 Read by BettyB