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    Just finished re-reading African Game Trails again after first reading it about thirty years ago. An older more mature reading of the book revealed some interesting concepts on conservation and hunting that would do well to be periodically reinforced in active hunters and non hunters as well.

    Some quotes from TR that are just as valid today as when penned in 1909.

    Game butchery is as objectionable as any other form of wanton cruelty or barbarity; but to protest against all hunting of game is a sign of softness of head, not soundness of heart.

    Death by violence, death by cold, death by starvation, - these are the normal endings of the stately and beautiful creatures of the wilderness. The sentimentalists who prattle about the peaceful life of nature do not realize its utter is hard and what sentimentalists call a state of nature.

    It would not merely be silly, but worse than silly to try to stop all the killing of place after place in Africa where protection has been extended to hippopotamus, buffalo, or elephant it has been found necessary to withdraw it because the protected animals did such damage to property or became such a menace to human life.

    But to let the desire for record heads, to the exclusion of all else, become a craze, is is only when the student or collector allows himself utterly to misestimate the importance of his pursuit that it becomes ridiculous.

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    Glad you shared these thoughts. Insightful fellow this Teddy Guy. Need more like him leading the way.
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    I agree. T.R. knew what he was talking about and wasn't afraid to call a spade a spade. Too many people have views of nature straight out of a Disney movie. Lions and warthogs are not friends in real life. Lions eat warthogs and are in turn often killed and eaten by hyenas when they get too old or crippled.
    Nature is cruel, heartless, and cannot be tamed.
    The most terrifying sound in nature is not the roar of a charging lion, nor the whistle of a descending bomb; rather it is a click when you expect a bang.
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    A book every hunter should read.

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