If you’ve ever considered walking away from your mundane day job to do something reckless and conspicuously masculine—join the French Foreign Legion, live like a hermit in the Alaskan wilderness, or become a big-game hunter in Africa, for instance—you’re not alone. Peter Hathaway Capstick, one of the foremost big- and dangerous-game hunters in Africa and
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Evolution is an amazing thing. The fact that creatures can form habits and adaptations necessary for survival, and then breed them back into the population until individual species form from those adaptations, is almost incomprehensible. Life as we know it was shaped by such evolution, and few other creatures’ evolution is more baffling than that
Although the Bengal tiger is endangered today, back in the mid-1800s, it was considered premier dangerous game on the Indian subcontinent. Measuring up to 10 feet long and weighing as much as 400 pounds, these apex predators could summarily disembowel prey or its human pursuers with its four-inch-long canine teeth or retractable claws. The tiger’s
Big-game hunter John “Pondoro” Taylor developed a formula he claimed codified the “knockout” power of rifle cartridges. Is it a reliable measure of a round’s efficacy, or an antiquated theory with dubious origins? The study of ballistics has filled numerous textbooks through the ages and remains a contentious topic full of conflicting theories and mathematical
W.D.M. “Karamojo” Bell, a Scottish big-game hunter and adventurer, developed a reputation as one of history’s most preeminent elephant hunters. His unique observations and techniques provide a clear snapshot of hunting the world’s largest land animal at the turn of the last century. Most of us will never experience an elephant hunt in our lifetime.
There’s just something about bears. Something that draws us to them with our cameras in national parks, yet makes our hearts beat just a bit faster while walking through the woods. Just saying the word “bear” gets a reaction out of people. These stunning creatures seem to tug at our very ethos. Perhaps it’s because