Wild Sports: Rambling and Hunting Trips Through the United States of North America

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Stackpole Books, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 409 pages
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  • An exciting first-hand account of an early deer hunter's explorations of the unspoiled American wilderness
  • Voyages from New York, through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri, and as far south as Louisiana.

    Gerstacker arrived in America from Germany in 1837, drawn by stories he had heard of the immense forests, excellent for deer hunting. He wandered from Buffalo to New Orleans, visiting frontiersmen in their backwoods cabins and living off the land, eating venison, acorns, sassafras leaves, and wild honey. He found Arkansas ideal for hunting, and encountered all sorts of wildlife, including alligators, wolves, bears, and deer, in his travels. His hunting journal gives a fascinating look at the early-nineteenth century American landscape.

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    Contents

    FROM BREMEN TO NEW YORK
    1
    NEW YORK TO BUFFALO
    31
    OHIO INDIANA ILLINOIS MISSOURI
    61
    ARKANSAS AND DOWN RIVER TO NEW ORLEANS
    83
    CINCINNATI A FARMERS LIFE IN THE WOODS
    117
    A FARMERS LIFE IN THE WOODS CONTINUED
    150
    WOODLAND SPORTS CANE BRAKES MY EXAMINATION BY THE SCHOOL COMMISSION
    182
    FARMING AT FOURCHE LE FAVE A BACKWOODS FROLIC RESIDENCE AT KELFERs FARM SCHOOLS HUNTING EXCURSION
    210
    HUNTING ANECDOTES AND EXPERIENCES CHRISTMAS CONWELL AND HIS REMINISCENCES
    258
    A PERILOUS BEARHUNT A DEBATING SOCIETY PANTHER HUNT DISASTROUS EVENTS DEATH OF ERSKINE DEPARTURE
    312
    A FATAL BRAWL RETURN TO LITTLEROCK SUMMARY JUSTICE DOWN SOUTH
    350
    LOUISIANA NEW ORLEANS AND HOME
    374
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