"The best known of all Roosevelt's outdoor books." -The Best Hunting Stories Ever Told (2010)
"The Wilderness Hunter...included a story about a hunter in Idaho who'd been attacked by a hairy monster." -Finding Bigfoot (2014)
"The third installment of Roosevelt's badlands trilogy." -Theodore Roosevelt, Naturalist in the Arena (2020)
The free, self-reliant, adventurous life of a wilderness hunter, with its rugged and wild surroundings along with the chance to observe the ways and habits of wildlife, unite to make it a life of peculiar charm, according to Theodore Roosevelt in his famous 1902 book "The Wilderness Hunter."
In connection with his personal experiences as a ranchman in the Badlands of North Dakota and as a hunter throughout the whole Rocky Mountain region, Roosevelt found himself interested in putting into print various descriptions of a ranchman's life and of a hunter's life in the Old West territory.
In those years Roosevelt often ranged far afield from his ranch on the Little Missouri, exploring and hunting. After he returned to live in the East, his fondness for hunting took him to the plains or mountains for his vacation every year; and his exciting hunting experiences and those of his many frontier hunting acquaintances are charmingly preserved.
"The Wilderness Hunter" is most famous among modern readers for its inclusion of one of the few early accounts of a possible deadly "big-foot" encounter in the American West.
In his chapter on hunting the grizzly bear, Roosevelt describes one close scrape:
"Suddenly a bear emerged from some bushes and charged among the astonished sailors, who scattered in every direction; but the bear, said Woody, 'just had it in for that Frenchman,' and went straight at him. Shrieking with terror he retreated up to his neck in the water; but the bear plunged in after him..."
Roosevelt includes a chapter on hunting the cougar in which he give one vivid example of a cougar attrack:
"They were walking home through the snow after a hunt, each carrying on his back the saddle, haunches, and hide of a deer he had slain. Just at dusk, as they were passing through a narrow ravine, the man in front heard his partner utter a sudden loud call for help. Turning, he was dumbfounded to see the man lying on his face in the snow, with a cougar..."
Regarding wolves, Roosevelt relates that "formerly wolves were incredibly abundant in certain parts of the country, notably on the great plains, where they were known as buffalo wolves, and were regular attendants on the great herds of the bison.... in the wilder portion of the far Northwest I have heard them come around camp very close, growling so savagely..."
Among American writers of the past who have attempted to describe nature, few save Thoreau and Burroughs have been as successful as Mr. Roosevelt. His words are few, strong and masterful, and the picture he dra abides.
More about the author:
Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (1858 - 1919) was an American politician, author, naturalist, soldier, explorer, and historian who served as the 26th President of the United States. He was a leader of the Republican Party.
Other books by Roosevelt include:
The Naval War of 1812
Hunting Trips of a Ranchman
Essays on Practical Politics
Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail
The Wilderness Hunter
American Big Game
The Winning of the West
Hero Tales from American History
Hunting in Many Lands
Some American Game
Trail and Campfire
The Rough Riders
The Strenuous Life
The Deer Family
Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter
African Game Trails
The New Nationalism
History as Literature
Through the Brazilian Wilderness
Scrivi una recensione per "The Wilderness Hunter An Account of the Big Game of the United States and Its Chase with Horse, Hound, and Rifle (1902)"