A Southern Sportsman: The Hunting Memoirs of Henry Edwards Davis [NOOK Book]

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Henry Edwards Davis (1879–1966) began his hunting adventures as a boy riding in the saddle with his father on foxhunts and deer drives in the company of Confederate cavalry veterans. Born on Hickory Grove Plantation in Williamsburg County, South Carolina, Davis developed his taste for the hunt at an early age. In later years he became a renowned sportsman and expert on sporting firearms. Published here for this first time after a four-decade-long hiatus, his collection of southern hunting tales describes his many...
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A Southern Sportsman: The Hunting Memoirs of Henry Edwards Davis

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Overview

Henry Edwards Davis (1879–1966) began his hunting adventures as a boy riding in the saddle with his father on foxhunts and deer drives in the company of Confederate cavalry veterans. Born on Hickory Grove Plantation in Williamsburg County, South Carolina, Davis developed his taste for the hunt at an early age. In later years he became a renowned sportsman and expert on sporting firearms. Published here for this first time after a four-decade-long hiatus, his collection of southern hunting tales describes his many experiences in pursuit of turkeys, deer, ducks, and partridges through the fields, forests, and swamps of South Carolina’s Pee Dee region. His memoir offers a lucid firsthand account of a time before paved roads and river-spanning bridges had penetrated the rural stretches of Williamsburg and Florence counties, when hunting was still one of a southerner’s chief social activities. With a sportsman’s interest and a historian’s curiosity, Davis intersperses his hunting narratives with tales of the region’s rich history, from before the American Revolution to his times in the first half of the twentieth century. Davis, a connoisseur of fine sporting firearms, also chronicles his personal experiences with a long line of rifles and shotguns, beginning with his first “Old Betsy,” a fourteen-gauge, cap-lock muzzleloader, and later with some of the finest modern American and British shotguns. He describes as well a host of small-bore rifles, many of which he assembled himself, bedding the barrels and actions in hand-carved stocks. Edited by retired lowcountry game warden Ben McC. Moïse and featuring a foreword by outdoor writer Jim Casada, Davis’s memoir is a valuable account of hunting lore and historic firearms, as well as a record of evolving cultural attitudes and economic conditions in post-Reconstruction South Carolina and of the practices that gave rise to modern natural conservation efforts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611173574
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Ben McC. Moïse was a conservation officer with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources from 1978 to 2002. He is the author of Ramblings of a Lowcountry Game Warden: A Memoir and a frequent contributor to the Charleston Post and Courier, Charleston Mercury, Garden and Gun, and other regional publications. Moïse lives in Charleston.
Jim Casada, a retired history professor, is one of the country's most widely published outdoor writers. He has written or edited more than forty books, contributed to many others, and authored some five thousand magazine articles. Casada has edited four previous Rutledge anthologies—Hunting and Home in the Southern Heartland; Tales of Whitetails; America's Greatest Game Bird; and Bird Dog Days, Wingshooting Ways. He has been honored with more than 150 regional and national awards for his writing, including the Federation of Fly Fishermen's Arnold Gingrich Memorial Award, the National Wild Turkey Federation's Communicator of the Year Award, and the South Carolina Wildlife Federation's Harry R. E. Hampton Memorial Award. A past president of the South Carolina Outdoor Writers Association, the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association, and the Outdoor Writers Association of America, he serves as editor at large for Sporting Classics and Turkey&Turkey Hunting magazines.
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