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Legendary Hunters

Legendary Hunters

Throughout history great hunters have been defined by changing standards.
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from shouldershot wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Capstick? I have read that he was a fraud, writing stories that he heard about as if he were involved. Anybody know if this has been debunked?

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from geauxlsu wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

There is a distinct difference in a legendary hunter and one is able to go on legendary hunts. This list happens to contain both.

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from Charles Roche wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

can't' argue with any of the choices.
i think will thompson might have been a good choice too. he authored THE WITCHERY OF ARCHERY way back when well before Pope and Young...maybe ishi read his book too? :)

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from trapper vic wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Pattersons hunt for ghost and darkness was made into a movie for TV but can't remember its name????

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from Ishi wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Craig Boddington is a U.S. Marine and a heck of a good guy. Very few know what he knows about Africa.

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from Erable wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

The reason I stopped buying one magazine was that limp wristed Craig Boddington writting in it.This article is about real men not pansys. I doubt there is any modern hunters that could match this group.

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from steelhead08 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Outstanding cannon of esoteric info!

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from benjaminwc wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Awesome list. These guys lived the life that most of us will only dream about. So glad that many of them took the time to write their adventures down. Also very happy to see that not one modern day "TV hunter" is on this list. With very very few exceptions most of them (hollywood hunters) are in the entertainment business, and not the hunting business. The hunters on this list were the real thing.

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from QDMGuy wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Definitely a great list and I agree with your reasoning behind some of the picks. Our mentality towards hunting and conservation today is not representative of what made you "a legendary hunter" during the 1700-1900's. And it amazes me the number of fine writers that can be found in this list.

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from Rambler88 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

This post belongs in the permanent archives. Inspiring!

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from AArk13 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Chuck Adams is awesome! I've read his book "Super Slam!" eight times lol, and Larry Benoit should also make the list.

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from toroscope wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Another legend in New Mexico was Splinter Dorris. Law Enforcement Officer, Rodeo Champ, and Hunter/Trapper for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Among other things, he removed alot of killer bear and mountain lion from Philmont Scout Ranch during his tenure. I had fortune of working for/with him on summer job during college years eradicating prairie dogs in Clovis area after bubonic plague was discovered close to populated areas there. After that, friendship included alot of great hunting and outdoor actvities, reloading ammunition, and great visits at his home when reticulated retina curbed his outdoor activities. Some of his relatives are still prominent in rodeo circuits. Splinter....you are missed my friend !!

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from Alex Robinson wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Great point djohns13,

I tried to elude to this in the intro with the "changing standards sentence." Many of these hunters would not be considered great by today's standards. Could you imagine what would happen to a hunter nowadays if he killed a few hundred bears in one year? But during each of these hunters' given time periods they were the best at what they did. In the 1800s and even early 1900s the measure of a hunter was to see how much game he could kill. Since then we've learned the importance of conservation and game management so the standard of what constitutes a great hunter has changed. That's why Aldo and Papa Bear can be on the same list as Buffalo Bill.

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from MazPower wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Excuse me OL, but where is my pic and bio on this list???

p.s. Did Percival really live to be 110??

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from djohns13 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Great list but should Buffalo Bill Cody belong on here? If you can kill 18 buffalo a day for months on end, is it great hunting or could anyone do that with a herd of millions? In my opinion, doing everything you can to wipe out a herd millions strong should take you off of the greatest hunter list and put you on the greatest killer list. As sportsmen, we all know there is a difference.

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from NYBowHunter wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Glad to see Chuck Adams made the list - definitely gets my vote!

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from smagel12 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Bob Hagel? He helped revolutionize modern reloading and bullet accuracy for big-bore rifles. Bob also was a leader in wildcat cartridges. He was, in alot cases, the first white man to hunt certain places in Alaska.

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from alanwebfoot wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Sasha absolutely!! hunting probably what is THE most dangerous big cat!!

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from MichMac wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

I second the nomination of Larry Benoit. His son Lanny ranks right up there, too.

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from tcoll378 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

It's a fine mix of professional and celebrity hunters. But missing from the mix is a legendary whitetail hunter from Vermont, Larry Benoit. The fact that Benoit has, over a lifetime, regularly harvested monster bucks by tracking them in remote northeastern forests where deer densities are quite low, is an extraordinary feat -- matched only by his sons, Lanny and Shane, who have carried on this outstanding tradition.

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from crazy canuck wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Great list Alex. Another man that could be on the list is Wally Johnson. He's the focus of Capstick's book called The Last Ivory Hunter. Also Sasha Siemel- the incredibaly ballsy jaguar spear hunter. A couple modern ones I'd suggest aside from Shockey are Craig Boddington and arguably one of the best bowhunters ever in Steve Kobrine.

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from bajcjs5 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

I'm glad to see that none of the "Hollywood" hunters that you see on all of the TV hunting shows were included in this.

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from Ishi wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Happy to see bow hunters recognized.

Many of the hunters were also fine writers.

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from jtyoung wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Great Story...I do have two others that come to mind:

Elliot Barker - legendary Game Warden for state of New Mexico for 22 years. Trapper, lion and bear hunter, game manager for Vermejo Park Ranch. One of the founders of Wildlife Federation and involved in promotion of the real Smokey Bear. Also wrote several great books and contributor to Field and Stream.

Gordon Eastman - legendary wildlife photographer and hunter.

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from Alex Robinson wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Good point buckfan ... I held off on some of the modern day hunters for now. I'd love to hear more reader suggestions though!

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from buckfan125 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Jim Shockey?

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from benjaminwc wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Awesome list. These guys lived the life that most of us will only dream about. So glad that many of them took the time to write their adventures down. Also very happy to see that not one modern day "TV hunter" is on this list. With very very few exceptions most of them (hollywood hunters) are in the entertainment business, and not the hunting business. The hunters on this list were the real thing.

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from bajcjs5 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

I'm glad to see that none of the "Hollywood" hunters that you see on all of the TV hunting shows were included in this.

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from AArk13 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Chuck Adams is awesome! I've read his book "Super Slam!" eight times lol, and Larry Benoit should also make the list.

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from jtyoung wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Great Story...I do have two others that come to mind:

Elliot Barker - legendary Game Warden for state of New Mexico for 22 years. Trapper, lion and bear hunter, game manager for Vermejo Park Ranch. One of the founders of Wildlife Federation and involved in promotion of the real Smokey Bear. Also wrote several great books and contributor to Field and Stream.

Gordon Eastman - legendary wildlife photographer and hunter.

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from crazy canuck wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Great list Alex. Another man that could be on the list is Wally Johnson. He's the focus of Capstick's book called The Last Ivory Hunter. Also Sasha Siemel- the incredibaly ballsy jaguar spear hunter. A couple modern ones I'd suggest aside from Shockey are Craig Boddington and arguably one of the best bowhunters ever in Steve Kobrine.

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from tcoll378 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

It's a fine mix of professional and celebrity hunters. But missing from the mix is a legendary whitetail hunter from Vermont, Larry Benoit. The fact that Benoit has, over a lifetime, regularly harvested monster bucks by tracking them in remote northeastern forests where deer densities are quite low, is an extraordinary feat -- matched only by his sons, Lanny and Shane, who have carried on this outstanding tradition.

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from MichMac wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

I second the nomination of Larry Benoit. His son Lanny ranks right up there, too.

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from alanwebfoot wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Sasha absolutely!! hunting probably what is THE most dangerous big cat!!

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from NYBowHunter wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Glad to see Chuck Adams made the list - definitely gets my vote!

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from Alex Robinson wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Great point djohns13,

I tried to elude to this in the intro with the "changing standards sentence." Many of these hunters would not be considered great by today's standards. Could you imagine what would happen to a hunter nowadays if he killed a few hundred bears in one year? But during each of these hunters' given time periods they were the best at what they did. In the 1800s and even early 1900s the measure of a hunter was to see how much game he could kill. Since then we've learned the importance of conservation and game management so the standard of what constitutes a great hunter has changed. That's why Aldo and Papa Bear can be on the same list as Buffalo Bill.

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from toroscope wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Another legend in New Mexico was Splinter Dorris. Law Enforcement Officer, Rodeo Champ, and Hunter/Trapper for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Among other things, he removed alot of killer bear and mountain lion from Philmont Scout Ranch during his tenure. I had fortune of working for/with him on summer job during college years eradicating prairie dogs in Clovis area after bubonic plague was discovered close to populated areas there. After that, friendship included alot of great hunting and outdoor actvities, reloading ammunition, and great visits at his home when reticulated retina curbed his outdoor activities. Some of his relatives are still prominent in rodeo circuits. Splinter....you are missed my friend !!

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from Ishi wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Craig Boddington is a U.S. Marine and a heck of a good guy. Very few know what he knows about Africa.

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from buckfan125 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Jim Shockey?

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from Ishi wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Happy to see bow hunters recognized.

Many of the hunters were also fine writers.

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from smagel12 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Bob Hagel? He helped revolutionize modern reloading and bullet accuracy for big-bore rifles. Bob also was a leader in wildcat cartridges. He was, in alot cases, the first white man to hunt certain places in Alaska.

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from Rambler88 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

This post belongs in the permanent archives. Inspiring!

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from QDMGuy wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Definitely a great list and I agree with your reasoning behind some of the picks. Our mentality towards hunting and conservation today is not representative of what made you "a legendary hunter" during the 1700-1900's. And it amazes me the number of fine writers that can be found in this list.

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from steelhead08 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Outstanding cannon of esoteric info!

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from trapper vic wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Pattersons hunt for ghost and darkness was made into a movie for TV but can't remember its name????

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from Charles Roche wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

can't' argue with any of the choices.
i think will thompson might have been a good choice too. he authored THE WITCHERY OF ARCHERY way back when well before Pope and Young...maybe ishi read his book too? :)

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from geauxlsu wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

There is a distinct difference in a legendary hunter and one is able to go on legendary hunts. This list happens to contain both.

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from Alex Robinson wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Good point buckfan ... I held off on some of the modern day hunters for now. I'd love to hear more reader suggestions though!

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from MazPower wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Excuse me OL, but where is my pic and bio on this list???

p.s. Did Percival really live to be 110??

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from shouldershot wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Capstick? I have read that he was a fraud, writing stories that he heard about as if he were involved. Anybody know if this has been debunked?

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from Erable wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

The reason I stopped buying one magazine was that limp wristed Craig Boddington writting in it.This article is about real men not pansys. I doubt there is any modern hunters that could match this group.

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from djohns13 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Great list but should Buffalo Bill Cody belong on here? If you can kill 18 buffalo a day for months on end, is it great hunting or could anyone do that with a herd of millions? In my opinion, doing everything you can to wipe out a herd millions strong should take you off of the greatest hunter list and put you on the greatest killer list. As sportsmen, we all know there is a difference.

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