Category: Hunting Legends

Buffalo Bill Cody, hunter of the American dream

Buffalo Bill Cody, hunter of the American dream

The concept of shaping your destiny has almost become cliché in our society. We’ve been led to believe, through the dedicated practice of a passion or talent and simple perseverance, people are able to sculpt their own future and find fortune and fame. The child obsessed with baseball can become a pitcher for the Red

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On safari with a classic big-bore double rifle

On Safari

When European settlers first arrived in Africa, they brought with them trusty muzzleloaders that, though they may have served them well in the old country, proved far too anemic to dispatch the thick-skinned, heavy-boned dangerous game native to their new home. After a few close calls with cantankerous critters the size of pickup trucks, they

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A clash of the titans: Mountain men vs. grizzly bears

A clash of the titans: Mountain men vs. grizzly bears

Long ago, before the railroads united this country; before the great wagon trains brought settlers and commerce to the new lands; and before the Indian Wars, outlaws, or cowboys; there existed a group of men who went forth alone to challenge the wilderness of the untamed West. They brought with them little more than their

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Larry Benoit: The whitetail king

Larry Benoit: The whitetail king

There’s a lot to be said about heroes. Not so much the fictional, comic-book kind, but the real-life men and women whose actions and lives influence us and shape us into who we will become. I remember perfectly one cold November day back in Vermont. I was eight years old and a friend’s father took

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John Henry Patterson and the battle with the Tsavo Man-Eaters

John Henry Patterson and the battle with the Tsavo Man-Eaters

Among the innumerable tales of close encounters with dangerous game, few send chills up the spines of hunters quite like that of the Tsavo Man-Eaters: a pair of maneless male lions that, together, terrorized the Tsavo region of Kenya in the late 1800s. Their story, and that of their eventual demise, captures the essence of

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Ishi, Pope, and Young: The history of modern bowhunting

Ishi, Pope, and Young: The history of modern bowhunting

Written by Matt Fratus, this article was originally published by Free Range American on October 12, 2020. In 1912, Ishi crouched behind a bush and put his index and middle fingers to his lips. He made a sharp, high-pitched kissing sound — a rabbit distress call. To his left, Saxton T. Pope watched in amazement as a small group of

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