Joined: 13 Jan 2018
Location: North Georgia
Col. Jim Corbett's - The Temple Tiger, Maneaters of Kumaon, Jungle Lore and others. Fascinating books about his adventures in India in the early part of the 20th century; and, as difficult as they may be to believe, they are all documented events. Not todays field hunting exploits, just enjoyable reading. Still readily available through Amazon and others.
Joined: 21 Dec 2005
Location: Napoleon, MI
Man Eaters of Tsavo. By H. Patterson.
As with Corbetts stories, it seems purely ludacris, but it's all perfectly true.
Gordon Maquarry (sp) is a gem, and William H Tapply is just as wonderful.
I believe my most favorite read (and I read it at least once every fall) is Col. Townsend Wheelen's "Red Letter Days in British Columbia". Its got to be the most perfectly described account of an incredible North Woods hunting adventure. And, again, as perfectly true as the sky is blue.
No one writes anything like they did 50 years ago, and I am afraid those days were gone long before I was even born. It's hard to imagine someone who fancies the 16ga that wouldn't engage the classic outdoor adventures.
_________________ Good luck & great hunting,
However, I find I mostly dislike Gene Hill's work... he always comes across to me as a pompous aristocrat wannabee, vs. the salt-of-the-earth working man feel I get from McQuarrie. A lot of folks here seem to like his work, but I can't stop picturing Judge Schmells from Caddyshack when I read him.
Nash Buckingham was just unreadable for me--social mores have changes so much since he wrote that I found "De Shootingest Gent'eman" unpalatable, and certainly not witty or humorous.
It's a shame, as there just aren't that many authors out there of similar works. I'll have to try some of the recommendations listed up above.
Gordon Grand was a lawyer and businessman in the first half of the last century. He wrote stories to share with friends and family. I bought a book of his" Old Man" only because it was an original numbered Derrydale first edition. I had no idea what it was about. I picked it up and couldn't put it down. It is a collection of short stories primarily about fox hunting with horses and hounds, of which I knew nothing and had little interest. But his stories touch on may other rural pursuits of the time: horse racing and showing, cock fights, ratting with terriers.
But his stories and characters are incredible. They just suck you in. I searched out and found all of his published work. I just love them all. I tried reading stories from other authors about fox hunting, but they seemed dry and stuffy compared to Grand's work.
As an aside, many original sporting books are dropping in price as so many Boomers are downsizing and liquidating. I bought many sporting books on Ebay from about 2000 to 2007. Now generally these books are selling for 30 to 50% less than when I bought them.
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