For every hunter, conservationist, gun and sporting art collector, or history buff who has dreamed of the epic grandeur and adventure of hunting on the western frontier, a new book from the Boone and Crockett Club is a must read.
Hunting the American West explores the pursuit of big game for life, profit, and sport from 1800 to 1900.
Handsome, heavy, colorful—even this book’s look and feel reflect its larger-than-life subject. Published by Boone and Crockett Club and backed by years of research, Hunting the American West is among the few scholarly works focused on hunting in the 19th-century, from aboriginal hunters to adventurers to market hunters. Drawing extensively on vivid accounts from participants and observers—along with abundant historical photos and illustrations—this book affords rare insight to the methods, motives and character of big-game hunters in the Old West.
“It was a period in which hunting evolved from a subsistence activity to a sport of aristocrats to market-driven devastation of our wildlife resources. It’s a saga that ultimately led to the rise of the hunter-conservationist movement and the founding of the Boone and Crockett Club,” said Julie Houk, director of publications for the Club.
ORDER YOUR DELUXE EDITION BEFORE THEY ARE SOLD OUT!
Hunting the American West is also available in a very limited Deluxe Edition of 50 copies. Each Deluxe Limited Edition is bound in genuine leather with French marbled endsheets and inserted into a slipcase. Special to this edition is a signature page featuring the author Richard Rattenbury, along with Club President Lowell Baier and Publications Committee Chairman Mark Steffen.
A unique bonus feature of this deluxe edition is a replica of the albumen print taken by photographer C.D. Arnold of the Boone and Crockett Club's exhibit at the World’s Columbian Exhibition held in Chicago in 1893. The exhibit was arranged by Theodore Roosevelt for the World’s Fair to send a message that the frontier was vanishing as civilization moved westward. The replica prints will be numbered to match each edition and inserted into a specially designed back pocket.
Contact the Club’s headquarters at 406/542-1888 during regular business hours to reserve your copy before they are sold out. The Deluxe Edition sells for $350 (sorry no discounts available) and will be available in December. Trade editions of Hunting the American West can be ordered on-line through our web store, or by calling toll-free 888/840-4868, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more details about the book, visit this special section of our web site that includes a full synopsis along with a slide show of some of the images you will find in the book.