Legendary Hunts: Short Stories from the Boone and Crockett Awards

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The Boone and Crockett Club is pleased to present Legendary Hunts — a collection of 43 short stories representing the accounts of some of the most outstanding native North American big game trophies ever taken. All of these stories appeared in Boone and Crockett Awards Books and were handpicked for the special way in which each hunter captured the essence of their hunting experiences, including their tenacity, their ethics, and their respect for the game hunted. Legendary Hunts offers a unique glimpse at the apex...
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Overview

The Boone and Crockett Club is pleased to present Legendary Hunts — a collection of 43 short stories representing the accounts of some of the most outstanding native North American big game trophies ever taken. All of these stories appeared in Boone and Crockett Awards Books and were handpicked for the special way in which each hunter captured the essence of their hunting experiences, including their tenacity, their ethics, and their respect for the game hunted. Legendary Hunts offers a unique glimpse at the apex of our hunting culture – everyday hunters who defied the odds to take an exceptional trophy. You will feel the emotion, pride, care, dedication, and excitement as you enjoy the stories of those men and women who have taken these outstanding trophies. One hunter pursued an individual buck over several seasons until he finally tagged what would become a new World’s Record. You will read the story of a dedicated bowhunter and of the meticulous preparation and tactics that resulted in his taking of an outstanding bull elk. You will share with the authors their experiences in rain, snow, sleet, and harsh conditions. Finally, and most importantly, you will see that each of these hunters embraced the concept of fair chase, and for that they should be applauded because the truth is, any animal taken fairly is a trophy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780940864542
  • Publisher: Boone and Crockett Club
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 619,612
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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The Boone and Crockett Club was founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt as a coalition of dedicated sportsmen-conservationist who provide leadership in issues that affect hunting, wildlife, and wild habitat.
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From the Bears and Cats chapter: Polar Bear Number 9 by Robert B. Nancarrow…I was now on my own, crawling the entire distance since there was nothing but smooth ice between me and the bear. On my belly, I was instantly aware that the ice was rolling under me. It seemed to intensify as the wind became stronger. I was now within 180 yards, and although my heart was hammering, I elected to take my shot from that distance. As I calmly squeezed the trigger, expecting to hit the bear, the horror of the day before became real once more. I fired the second, third, and fourth shots, all with the same results. I could not hit the bear at this distance and had to come up with a different plan. The one thing in my favor was the constant cracking of the ice, which sounded as loud as the report of my rifle. The only two options I had were to give it up completely or get within bow range, and hope for the best. I chose the latter.Only a hunter could understand my decision. As I crawled to within 70 yards, I could truly see the bear’s tremendous size. My heart was pounding out of control and I was actually starting to feel fear. At approximately 60 yards I decided to shoot, not knowing what to expect. As I pulled the trigger, I can honestly say I did not know what the results would be. I had the crosshairs on the shoulder of the huge bear, and the bullet struck three feet back from his front shoulder. The bear let loose a tremendous roar and started diagonally toward me. Seeing that the gun was that far off, I had to force myself to aim off the bear, in order to hit him again. It worked! The next bullet struck the bear in the chest. The bear turned sideways, going in the opposite direction, so I aimed at his hip, striking the bear square in the shoulder. I was out of bullets and the bear and I were now only 35 yards apart. The bear got up again. Knowing there was nothing I could do, I laid with my face on the ice, hoping he would not see me…
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Table of Contents

Introduction by Robert H. HansonEntering Your Trophy by Jack ReneauBears & CougarLean, Raw-Boned Fighter | PetersTerrified | KnaggeWorld’s Record Grizzly | PentecostPerfect Hunt | SeifertDark Timber Grizzly | WilliamsThe Granny and Andy Show | RhodesMonarch of Deadman Bay II | OrtizPolar Bear Number 9 | NancarrowA Long 27 Years | AlfordDetermined | JamesLock Tail | WilliamsElk & DeerTen Days Among the Elk | DeweeseCat and Mouse | FranklinMontana Mega Bull | AdamsTearing Up the Brush | AdamsonA Hunting Tradition | HogelandIvory Tooth Buck | ArledgeKaibab North | AdamsThe King | MillerThe Fun is Over | ThompsonDeer Diary | McGarveyLucky | HiresEnd of an Era | McDonaldA Memory To Be Kept Forever | DuperretMoose & CaribouIn the Land of Giants | SaboThe Best Present | JohnsonYou’ve Been Drawn | WoodQuest for the Giant Moose | IsbellIf You Have to Look Twice | HedgecockInuit Culture | BauerHorned GameThe Longest Night | O’HacoBig Bullets Do Big Work | ButlerMy Last Bull | RichardsonGoat-Hunting Bug | MuellerJust Shoot It! | WoberOur Way or No Way | JamesTwenty-Two Years Later | WeatherlyLady’s Day in the High Country | LorenzBighorn Vacation | JohnsoOld Flare | KishDesert Oasis | DubsPlay Hooky Ram | PeekFair Chase and Conservation by Keith BalfourdAcknowledgments
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