Learn From the Oldies

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Jim Zumbo, Craig Boddington, Ron Spomer and Wayne Van Zwoll are all solid contributers to the modern hunting literature. Through their gifts (both hunting and writing) they make us better hunters. Whether it is letting us learn from their mistakes or by teaching us new techniques,they help us harvest more game. But I suggest looking to the oldies, the fathers of the outdoor writing craft, to learn tricks that you might have not used. 

I chose to shoot the 270 winchester because I grew up reading every Jack O'Connor piece I could get my hands on. Magazine article, book chapter or biography I would absorb as much hunting knowledge as I could from this wise old wizard of the hunting tradition. Elmer Kieth, Robert Ruark etc are in the same boat. Their stories might be half a century old but they were taking part in the same primal pursuit that we are. The technology might have changed, the equipment might have changed, the sizes of the game populations might be different... but the drive and pursuit is the same. 

So hop on ebay and look for some of this old wisdom. You might just end up needing a bigger book shelf!


It's never to late to learn.

It's never to late to learn. Even for an old fart like me.


Always keep an open mind and absorb all you can.

groovy mike's picture

Learning from an elder -

Learning from an elder -
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes
On inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two 'wolves'
Inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance,
Self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness,
Benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:
"Which wolf wins?" 
The old man simply replied, "The one you feed." 

groovy mike's picture

Right on Hawkeye

You are right on that one too Hawkeye.  Its ironic that I just bid on three books on ebay last night from the Peter Capstick collection.  They are about African hunting but the drive is still the same.  Those old writers like Jim Corbett and J.A. Hunter really get your blood pumping when they talk about dangerous game hunts and the tips you can pick up about listening to the other animals in teh forst and playing the wind etc. still hold true for all hunting even here in our tame domestic corners of North America.

ManOfTheFall's picture

Great tip. Not only the

Great tip. Not only the oldies but people that have alot of experience out in the outdoors. They are probably one of our most overlooked and underused resource there is.

numbnutz's picture

good stuff, thanks

good stuff, thanks