Here’s a list of ten legendary American hunters.
These legendary American hunters earned their places in history during the late 18th, 19th and early 20th Centuries. Their hunting exploits are now the stuff of legends. Many of them have been portrayed in film, written about in history books and studied by scholars and outdoorsmen. A few of them were innovators. Some of them were legends in other fields. They were all legendary American hunters and highly skilled in the field. Each one of them had a big impact on American hunting culture.
These legendary American hunters are also included on a more comprehensive list by Outdoor Life.
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One of America’s most storied writers, Ernest Hemingway was also a skilled big-game hunter and all-around outdoorsman. Hemingway was famous for hunting big game animals in the American West and Africa. Hemingway wrote about his African big-game hunting experiences in his books “The Green Hills of Africa,” “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” and “True at First Light.” He was also inspired by President Teddy Roosevelt, who was also a legendary American big game hunter.
President Teddy Roosevelt is one of America’s most legendary hunters. He hunted all kinds of big game animals throughout the American West, Africa and South America. Roosevelt was also a leading force behind establishing the National Parks system in the US, and promoting wildlife conservation in the early 20th century. In 1909, he and his son Kermit went to Africa to collect big game animal species for the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. Roosevelt once said this about hunting, “The free, self-reliant, adventurous life, with its rugged and stalwart democracy; the wild surroundings, the grand beauty of the scenery, the chance to study the ways and habits of the woodland creatures—all these unite to give to the career of the wilderness hunter its peculiar charm.”
Daniel Boone was an explorer, hunter and trapper whose exploits covered the Northeast and Appalachian regions of the United States. Boone often had to dodge Native American warriors on his hunting trips. In 1769, Boone began a two-year hunting expedition, during which he was captured by Shawnee Indians. He was released, but captured again in 1778 by Shawnee Indians who later adopted him into their tribe.
Saxton Pope is known as the father of modern bow hunting. Pope is also half of the namesake of the Pope and Young Club, North America’s foremost bowhunting organization. He developed his bowhunting skills under the guidance of Ishi, the last of the Yahi tribe. He was also famous for hunting grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park with handmade bows and steel tipped bows. Pope’s “Hunting with the Bow and Arrow” was one of the first definitive bowhunting books.
Art Young, along with Saxton Pope, was one of the founding fathers of bow hunting. Both him and Pope learned bowhunting techniques from Ishi. Of the three hunters, Young was believed to be the most skilled bowman. One of Young’s most exciting encounters was hunting Kodiak bears in Alaska. He was surrounded by four kodiak bears and managed to shoot one dead and escape with his life.
Art Young pictured on the right.
Ishi was the last of the Yahi tribe of Native Americans, and was a highly skilled bow hunter and tracker. Both Saxton Pope and Art Young took Ishi in as a refugee. In exchange, Ishi taught the pair Yahi bowhunting techniques. Ishi was well known for being a talented hunter, who could silently stalk animals through the woods and mimic several game calls.
Bowhunter William John Compton was a Nebraska bowhunter who learned his techniques from the Sioux Native Americans. Compton, also known as “Chief Compton,” worked with Saxon Pope and Art Young to advance bow hunting into the modern era.
Davy Crocket was a legendary American politician and outdoorsman. Before his career in politics and stand at the Alamo, Crockett had developed a reputation as skilled hunter. While many of Crockett’s hunting tales have been exaggerated, he was known to have killed several bears and mountain lions throughout the US.
Bridger was a legendary hunter and mountain man who explored the American West during the mid-19th century. He was known for having a strong constitution and excellent hunting, trapping and scouting skills. He is believed to be the first white man to have seen the Great Salt Lake in Utah. He also explored Yellowstone National Park. He had a reputation for telling tall tales, so nobody believed him when he said there were geysers in Yellowstone. Bridger was also involved in leading the tragic Donner party to their doom.
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