Category: Hunting Legends

King Of The Wild Frontier: Davy Crockett, The Man Who Showed Us The Way.

I think almost every kid on the planet had a coonskin cap growing up. It may have been for a Halloween costume, a brief phase or, at least for me, a precursor to a life as an outdoorsman. The coonskin cap has become an iconic symbol of the frontier. A time when men and women

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Ishi: The father of modern bowhunting

Ishi: The father of modern bowhunting

When we consider the tools that helped propel mankind to the top of the food chain, there is perhaps none more influential than the bow and arrow. The bow enabled our neolithic ancestors to hunt from a distance, outside the reach of claws and teeth. It instilled confidence, providing a tool to defend against whatever

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Gordon Eastman: The man who brought hunting to the world

Gordon Eastman: The man who brought hunting to the world

I’ll never forget the first time I was introduced to the work of Gordon Eastman. I was around 10 years old and had been stuck in our family’s lake house one afternoon, unable to go fishing or wandering the mountains because of a continuous heavy rain. Having exhausted the supply of Disney movies on the

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Ben Lilly: King of the predator hunters

Ben Lilly: King of the predator hunters

The word “legend” is thrown around a little too frequently and freely. It seems that whenever any Tom, Dick, or Jane drinks a beer a little faster or catches a couple more fish, or really does anything slightly better than anyone else, their friends are quick to exclaim, “Man they’re an absolute legend!” The frequent

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Breaking boundaries: The legacy of sharpshooter Annie Oakley

Breaking boundaries: The legacy of sharpshooter Annie Oakley

One of the wonderful things about this modern age is that the deeply gouged and clearly defined dividing lines of “gender roles” are not only being blurred, but completely erased. Little boys can play with dolls, little girls can play with toy trucks, and both can safely do so with the knowledge that they truly

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Learn marksmanship fundamentals from legendary hunter Colonel Townsend Whelen

Learning marksmanship fundamentals from legendary hunter Colonel Townsend Whelen

You may recognize the name Townsend Whelen from his namesake cartridge, the thunderous .35 Whelen. Or perhaps you’ve come across one of his many articles or books on hunting and shooting. Maybe you’ve never heard of him at all, but he’s someone worth learning about. Born in 1877, Colonel Whelen was an outdoorsman, hunter, longtime

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