“…if you properly respect what you are after, and shoot it cleanly and on the animal’s terrain, if you imprison in your mind all the wonder of the day from sky to smell to breeze to flowers – then you have not merely killed an animal. You have lent immortality to a beast you have killed because you loved him and wanted him forever so that you could always recapture the day. You could always remember how blue the sky was and how you sat on a high hill…” (Robert Ruark; Horn of the Hunter)
“Cattle-men hate sheep, because they eat the grass so close that cattle cannot live on the same ground. The sheepherders are a…melancholy set of men…with no companionship except that of the bleating idiots they are hired to guard. Intellectually a sheep is about the lowest level of brute creation; why the early Christians admired [the sheep]…is to a good cattle-man a profound mystery.” (T. Roosevelt; Hunting Trips of a Ranchman)
“It is curious to hear the nonsense that is talked and to see the nonsense that is written about the distances at which game is killed…I always make it a rule to pace off the distance after a successful shot, whenever practicable…and I was at first both amused and somewhat chagrined to see how rapidly what I supposed to be remarkably long shots shrank under actual pacing.” (T. Roosevelt. Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail)
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly…who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat”. T. Roosevelt, 1910
This may be the understatement of the century from W.D.M. ‘Karamojo’ Bell.
“The reason of the high mortality among those who hunt lions casually is, I think, the simple one of not holding straight enough…This frequently results in flesh wounds or stomach wounds which very often cause the lion to make a determined charge; and there are a great many things easier to hit than a charging lion.” The Wanderings of an Elephant Hunter
“To me still-hunting elk in the mountains, when they are calling, is one of the most attractive of sports, not only because of the size and stately beauty of the quarry and the grand nature of the trophy, but because of the magnificence of the scenery, and the stirring, manly, exciting nature of the chase itself.” (The Wilderness Hunter, pg 521, Theodore Roosevelt)
My lovely wife, Frances, suggested that I start a Blog series on quotes that have caught my attention and imagination. Since Craig Boddington has been a great mentor, I decided to begin this series with a quote from his book, Where Lions Roar.
“In today’s society, I liken hunting (Cape) buffalo to shooting lawyers: they’re dangerous, mean, nasty, ugly, treacherous, smart – and there are lots of them, they are easily replaced, and you don’t get too attached to them as individuals.” (Where Lions Roar, pg. X, C. Boddington)