Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunter

Discussion in 'Legends Of Big Game Hunting' started by monish, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. Phil Valliant

    Phil Valliant AH Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2016
    Messages:
    41
    Video/Photo:
    1
    Likes Received:
    32
    Location:
    new hampshire
    I'Ve been reading his books and I notice he always manages to get those in there haha
     

  2. sambarhunter

    sambarhunter AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2009
    Messages:
    423
    Video/Photo:
    17
    Likes Received:
    256
    Location:
    North Eastern Victoria Australia
    Hunted:
    Australia,Ireland,New Zealand,Sweden
    I read most of his early books then got to one in where he p0oh poohed /denigrated the one and only JIM CORBETT...wtf? PHCapstuck questioning JC.
    I stopped reading his books and since then realise that literary licence has been well used.
     
    Mlibizi 8182, Big5 and spike.t like this.

  3. Rule 303

    Rule 303 AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2015
    Messages:
    496
    Video/Photo:
    1
    Likes Received:
    337
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Hunted:
    Australia, New Zealand & Zimbabwe
    You would think he was an Aussie with his like of Beer:D
     

  4. crudeoildude

    crudeoildude AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2010
    Messages:
    160
    Likes Received:
    98
    Location:
    wyo
    Member of:
    nra bow hunters of wyo
    growing up I read everything capstick I got my hands on ,picked up some good capsticisms my granny told me at about 6 years old that if I nlearned to read well I could go anywhere in the world I wanted to even if it was only in a book.PCH fueled a fire in this young lad that has burned for 60 plus years.Rest in Peace PCH raised glass to you
     
    flat8 likes this.

  5. Mlibizi 8182

    Mlibizi 8182 AH Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2018
    Messages:
    68
    Likes Received:
    34
    Agree 100%
     

  6. superdutch

    superdutch AH Veteran

    Joined:
    May 19, 2016
    Messages:
    126
    Video/Photo:
    9
    Likes Received:
    126
    Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Member of:
    SCI, NRA life member
    Hunted:
    Tanzania ('18) Namibia ('15, '17), USA - AK, CO, ID, NM, SC, FL, GA, WI, TX
    I first discovered Capstick as a freshman in highschool - his books, thank goodness, were in the school library! I credit his writing - he is a very gifted and humorous writer - with my interest in hunting Africa.
     
    flat8 likes this.

  7. jeff

    jeff AH Legend

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2010
    Messages:
    2,004
    Video/Photo:
    21
    Likes Received:
    1,439
    Location:
    Salmon Idaho
    Member of:
    sci P&Y
    Hunted:
    Namibia, South Africa in Kwazu Natal, Limpopo, Eastern Cape , Northwest Province, USA Ariz, Nev, Mont, Ida, Ore, Cal, Mich,Wash, AlasKa
    I had a PH a few years back that worked with Capstick when they were culling buffalo and elephant in Kruger. He had some good stories about that time period.
     

  8. inyati

    inyati New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2019
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    1
    I knew Peter quite well from the early 80s untill his death,was a good friend and a great guy.One of the fastest shots ever.
     
    flat8 likes this.

  9. BenKK

    BenKK AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2018
    Messages:
    637
    Video/Photo:
    72
    Likes Received:
    631
    Location:
    Northern Territory, Australia
    I still remember buying my first ever hunting book (and first online purchase) in the desert north of Meekatharra in Western Australia, during a training placement in which I shot my first big game animal with the local Aboriginals - a 39.5” billy. That was in 2002, and in 2004 after a close call bouncing a .30-30 round of a wounded buffalo bull’s skull in the long grass, that book helped me choose a .416 Rigby when information was hard to come-by in my world (I then got a shock when I asked the price of ammo, and commenced handloading as a result). The books Peter wrote introduced me to the idea of hunting in Africa.
     

  10. Red Leg

    Red Leg AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

    Joined:
    May 19, 2009
    Messages:
    3,346
    Video/Photo:
    213
    Likes Received:
    6,439
    Location:
    Texas Hill Country
    Member of:
    SCI DSC life memberships / NRA Patron Life
    Hunted:
    Mexico, Namibia, RSA, Germany, Austria, Argentina, Canada, Mozambique, Spain, US (15 states)
    His writing is absolutely superb, and I recommend “Death in the Tall Grass” to all new African hunting readers. However, a lot of the old PH community will tell you he took enormous literary license with many of his adventures - particularly when he put himself in them. One former PH/ now a well established gunwriter who hunted with him, calls them “pretty good novels.”

    Like many writers, his early work was the best, and as he searched for new subject matter, he could offer up unusual opinions. For instance, his critique of Patterson’s efforts at Tsavo is hilarious - But his review of Corbett is seemingly uninformed and mean spirited. His biography of “Pondoro” Taylor sifts through every rumor about the man and treats them as gospel.

    His hunting stories are the best and they are wonderful. Read them as just that.
     
    Big5 likes this.

Share This Page

 
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice