Professional hunting history books includes the history of African safari, with biographical information on the early African professional hunters, the countries in which they worked and the professional hunting scene at the time.
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African Trails: Big Game Safari Adventure In South Africa by Col Allison (2010). This is a large and copiously illustrated history of big game hunting in Southern Africa from the earliest days of European settlement. The author brings us up to date with accounts of his own experiences in the region hunting antelope, lion, Cape buffalo, rhino, elephant and leopard and others. A racy account by a well-known Australian sporting writer and journalist.
The Trophy Hunters: Action-Packed Tales Of Hunting Big Game Trophies Around The World - 1860 To Today by Col Allison (1979) is an anthology of articles from Kinloch, Selous and Baker to Gates, Weatherby, Swinehart, Dyer and more.
The Australian Hunter: A Comprehensive Guide To Game, Equipment, Hunting And Photography by Col Allison (1969) is a detailed guide to Australia game covering quarry of all kinds, including deer, buffalo, crocodile, kangaroo, wild pig, wild goat, fox, eagle, game birds, as well as many other trophy-winners. As well as descriptions of a wide variety of hunting methods, there is extensive coverage of hunting equipment - shotguns, rifles, the hunting bow, clothing, camping equipment and a special section on 'hunting' with a camera.
The Hunter's Manual Of Australia And New Zealand (Where, When And How To Find Game) by Col Allison (1980). This volume on "where, when and how to find game" in both countries is a valuable aid to the hunter's equipment. In addition to information on firearms and other equipment, advice on hunting methods, the main feature is the maps which show the distribution of various game animals and birds. Eleven species are listed in the general game catogory, from buffalo to wallaby, two in mountain game, 10 deer species and eight game bird types.
Big Game Shooting Records: Together With Biographical Notes And Anecdotes On The Most Prominent Big Game Hunters Of Ancient And Modern Times by Edgar N Barclay (1932) is an excellent work detailing big game shooting in Africa, India and North America with chapters on elephants, lions, tigers, bison, buffalo, elk and more. The big game hunters that are mentioned, as well as some photographed, include Arthur H Neumann, Petrus Jacobs, William Finaughty, Roualeyn Gordon Cumming, Sir Samuel Baker, Charles John Andersson, William Cotton Oswell, Capt. Cornwallis Harris, F C Selous, W D M Bell, Count Samuel Teleki, Jim Fey, Sir Alfred Pease, Maharajah of Cooch Behar, R P Cobbold, Lt Col. John Champion Faunthorpe, Lt Col. A E Ward, Col. H G C Swayne, Sir Bindon Blood, H A Bryden, J G Millais, W C Baldwin, Lt Col. Reginald Heber Percy, Count Potocki, HRH Duke Ernest II of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, W A Baillie-Grohman, J G Sutherland, St. George Littledale, Abel Chapman, Clive Phillips-Wolley, Sir Henry Seton-Karr, General Wade Hampton, W T Hornaday, G J van Heek and still many others. Free eBook
Sixty Years Of Safari: 1946 - 2006 by Miles Bredin (2006) covers the history of Ker & Downey Safaris from its founding in 1946 to publication of this book in 2006. It recounts the change from hunting to photography, from utilitarian to luxurious, from month-long walking safaris to week long heli-safaris. It is a story full of glamour, fun and excitement, illustrated with a spectacular collection of photographs.
Safari: The Romance And The Reality by Molly Buchanan (2004) chronicles the history of the great African adventure, from the exploits of Teddy Roosevelt and other privileged hunters to the innovative efforts of modern-day conservationists.
Safari: A Chronicle Of Adventure by Bartle Bull (1992) depicts both the hardships and the incongruous luxury of the classic safaris of the early 20th century and presents the legend of the great white hunter as seen by H Rider Haggard, Hemingway and Hollywood.
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Spoor Of Blood by Alan Cattrick (1959) is the story of the destruction of the herds that once roamed Africa and the early hunters and naturalists that sought them. Burchell, Harris, Gordon Cumming, Petrus Jacobs, Selous, Pretorius. Also told is the story of Stevenson-Hamilton who created the Kruger National Park.
Legends Of The African Frontier - The Life And Times Of Africa's Most Unforgettable Characters 1800-1945 by David Chandler (2008) are 1200 biographies on the most prominent hunters, explorers and adventurers of Africa. Chandler says "I've focused to a large extent on those who made their living 'off their guns' - the ivory hunters, the hide hunters and the many others who made their livelihood with a rifle." Each entry has a biographical sketch as well as the subject's hunting accomplishments and literary achievements. The inevitable controversies and contradictions in the historical record are dealt with and all of the different versions and views are fully explored.
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Campfires by Brooke Chilvers-Lubin (2003) is a book about the International Professional Hunters Association with contributions by a who's who of then international professional hunters. Edited by Brooke Chilvers-Lubin and with an overview on professional hunters by Craig Boddington.
Big Game Hunting In South Africa edited by Brooke Chilvers (1995) with photography by Sherman Hines & PH Ken du Plessis. This is a comprehensive guide to will provide every answer for first time or experienced hunter wishing to hunt in the RSA.
Legends Of The Field: Famous Early Hunters In Africa by Robert Foran (1957) is his book on the early hunters in Africa including Willian Cotton Oswell, Selous, James H Sutherland and more. It was re-published on behalf of the EAPHA in 1997.
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Tribute To Pioneers by Mary Gillett (1986). The biographies of many of the early pioneers to East Africa (before 1912), by such a pioneer herself.
Bwana Bunduki: A History Of Early East African Professional Hunters by Emily Host (2007) is an excellent collection of biographical sketches on the most prominent early hunters in East Africa. Men such as Charles Cottar, F C Selous, Walter Bell, Philip Percival, John Hunter and many more are included. Ben and Emily Host compiled this list in the 1940s and interviewed those who were still alive and those who knew those who had already died.
Horace Gordon Hutchinson (1859 - 1932) was a British journalist and author of over 50 books ranging from golf, cricket, fishing, tennis and natural history to mysticism.
Big Game Shooting by H G Hutchinson (1905) is a comprehensive two volume treatise edited by Hutchinson. Authors include Abel Chapman, Seton-Karr, C Phillipps-Wolley, C E Radclyffe, H A Bryden and C S Cumberland. Free eBook Vol II
Big Game Encounters: Critical Moments In The Lives Of Well Known Shikaris edited by Stanley Jepson (1936) chronicles the best hunting experiences by E A Smythies, Capt C R S Pitman, Col C H Stockley, Major Robert Foran and many others. Free eBook
Legends Of The Hunt by John Seerey-Lester (2010) is a collection of more than 80 stories and 120 paintings by renowned wildlife artist John Seerey-Lester. It covers the from 1850 to 1935 - the 'Golden Age' of hunting and exploration on three continents. Each exciting chapter relives the fascinating and often life-threatening exploits of Theodore Roosevelt, Jim Corbett, Charles Sheldon, Carl Akeley, Bror Blixen, John Henry Patterson and many others as they pursue dangerous game in the wildest and most remote parts of the world.
Black Poachers, White Hunters: A Social History Of Hunting In Colonial Kenya by Edward I Steinhart (2005) traces the history of hunting there in the colonial era, describing the British attempt to impose the practices and values of nineteenth-century European aristocratic hunts. This both created and enforced an image of African inferiority and subordination. Ultimately conservationists came to claim sovereignty over African wildlife, completing the transformation of indigenous hunters into criminal poachers and seeking to eliminate them altogether from the "sportsman's paradise" of Kenya.