American Hunter: How Legendary Hunters Shaped America
New York Times bestselling author and star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, Willie Robertson, teams up with William Doyle, the bestselling co-author of American Gun, to share the history of America’s most well known hunters.
American Hunter is the first book ever to compile a chronological history of America’s greatest hunters. Based on the powerful personalities of colorful men and women, this book begins with the Plains Indians and moves through legendary hunters like Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill, Teddy Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, Lyndon Johnson, and more. Also included are the histories of American fox, rabbit, deer, squirrel, duck, goose, and big-game hunting, as well as action biographies of classic hunting weapons.
Author Willie Robertson, famed hunter of Duck Dynasty and Duck Commander, lends his voice to share this bodacious collection of true stories that you’ll want to tell around the campfire after a long day’s hunt.
As Teddy Roosevelt put it, “The virility, clear-sighted common sense and resourcefulness of the American people is due to the fact that we have been a nation of hunters and frequenters of the forest, plains, and waters.” It’s about time we honor American hunters with a book that tells their incredible stories of skill, courage, survival, and downright bodaciousness.
American Hunter is the perfect book for everyone who enjoys amazing tales of American history and for those who love hunting, sport shooting, and wide open spaces.
hunting. They built a little cottage to serve as base camp, with a fire pit and elevated scaffold to protect the meat and hides from predators. Buckskins were most lucrative, so they focused on killing and dressing as many deer as they could find. They used buffalo and bear hides to sleep on and to wrap up the deerskins. Elk skins were fashioned into ropes. In the winter, they switched to trapping for beaver pelts. They went after all kinds of game, like otters, panthers, and turkeys. On one
wrote of a meeting on October 29, 1804, “After the council was over, we shot the air gun, which appeared to astonish the natives much.” In practice, though, the Girandoni air rifle had some fatal flaws. It was fragile and delicate. If you dropped it or knocked it hard, it was nearly unfixable. But the main problem was the mechanics of pressurizing the air. To fill a twenty-two-shot bullet reservoir, or clip, you needed to crank a hand pump over a thousand times. In the time it took to reload a
of ice-armored pines at the touch of the winds of winter; of cataracts roaring between hoary mountain masses; of all the innumerable sights and sounds of the wilderness; of its immensity and mystery; and of the silences that brood in its still depths. Teddy Roosevelt’s lifelong experiences as a hunter and hands-on naturalist helped him become the greatest conservationist America has ever known. He cofounded the Boone and Crockett Club in 1887, which ever since has fought for “fair chase” ethical
Americans’ favorite handheld weapons were throwing spears for short-range action; stone clubs used for smacking a wounded deer or bear in the head, the coup de grace; and the famous bow and arrow, made from specially chosen wood such as hickory, hemlock, or white oak. Bowstrings were fashioned from rawhide. Elk hunt (ALFRED JACOB MILLER, WALTERS ART MUSEUM) When the Sioux nation had wide access to horses in the 1700s and 1800s, a favorite weapon for killing buffaloes was the mounted hunting
tobacco pouch. Buffalo blood was dabbed on arrows to increase penetration. The dung, or buffalo chips, was used as cooking fuel. Even the tail was put to good use—as a flyswatter. “Everything the Kiowa had came from the buffalo,” said one tribeswoman, Old Lady Horse. “The buffalo were the life of the Kiowa. Most of all, the buffalo was part of the Kiowa religion.” A Plains Indian named Lame Deer explained that the natives absorbed the buffalo’s flesh and blood until it became their own flesh and