Pioneer Life, Or, Thirty Years a Hunter

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Stackpole Books, Mar 1, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 173 pages
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  • The story of a western Pennsylvania settler, farmer, and hunter
  • Fire hunting, stalking, hounding, and stand hunting for white-tailed deer and elk

Known as the Pine Creek deerslayer of the Alleghenies, Philip Tome was a pioneer farmer who turned to deer hunting for survival. Hunting the headwaters of the Pine, Kettle, Sinnemahoning, and Allegheny Rivers, he shot with a .45 caliber Kentucky-style Flintlock rifle and practiced fire hunting, stalking, hounding, and stand hunting over salt licks. He also captured elk and hunted panthers and bears.

 

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This book is a must-read for anybody who loves the outdoors and is interested in the storied history of Western Pennsylvania. Philip Tome actually writes very well for being in the 18th century and the book is very easy to understand.

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Contents

Birth and Early Life
1
Hunting the Elk
7
Capturing a Live Elk
10
Face of the Country
17
Face of the Country continued
25
Danger from Rattlesnakes
31
Wolf and Bear Hunting
38
Another Elk Hunt
42
Reminiscences of Cornplanter
123
Indian Eloquence
130
APPENDIX
141
Who Was Philip Tome?
143
Tome Miscellany
151
Tomes in Warren County 1850 Census
154
Short Sketch of Cornplanter
155
Cornplanter Indians and Their Schools
157

ElkHunting on the Susquehanna
53
ElkHunting continued
63
Nature Habits and Manner of Hunting Elk
69
Elk and Bear Hunting in Winter
73
Hunting on the Clarion River
82
Hunting and Trapping
89
The Bear Its Nature and Habits
97
Hunting Deer at Different Seasons
104
Nature and Habits of the Panther Wolf and Fox
110
Rattlesnakes and Their Habits
114
Distinguished Lumbermen ETC
119
Lycoming County
158
Potter County
159
Tioga County
162
Warren County
164
Gazeteer of Towns etc
165
Gazetteer of Rivers Streams etc
166
Biographical Index
168
Tome Land Warrants for Lycoming County
170
Bibliography
173
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