Ok, so we're all up on stuff we may or may not do this summer involving the internet thing, but how about this weird concept: Walk away from the keyboard and get outside, maybe read a book outside or inside to change things up a little. So, what about some recommended summer reading? Here is a great read if you hunt or if you ever wanted to get more knowledge as to why a man might hunt. Death in the Long Grass, by Peter Hathaway Capstick. It's a compilation not only of his own exerpiences as a professional hunter, which were amazing, but also of those encounters he had with other hunters who he trusted and who recounted their own experiences for him (generally by showing him the scars to prove it). Reading about a man lying in wait to ambush a leopard that has killed a son of one of his staff, facing down charging elephants, or watching someone get taken by a huge crocodile while eating your breakfast . . . well, it's stuff you cannot imagine in our cushy little internet and tv worlds. I still can recall stuff from that book even though I've not read it in a decade (Cape Buffalo are Mbogo--though I cannot recall if that was in Fanagalo or Swahili, about ten people are dragged to death daily in sub-Saharan africa by Crocodiles, etc.), and I bet I have given two dozen copies away. He also loves to discuss myths about dangerous, man eating animals like, they only eat humans when sick or old. Qoute:
Over the next hour the lioness inscribes a large circle through the heavy riverine cover and incredibly, despite her wounds and the men following her, returns to the man she has killed and resumes feeding. Joubert, half-retching with horror and disgust, executes her with a shot from his .458 Brno, the 510-grain Winchester soft-point dropping the man-eater lifeless across the body of her victim. Inspection establishes that the lioness is in the prime of life and previously uninjured or disabled although very lean and, with macabre obviousness, hungry. A post-mortem on the body of Peter Hankin determines that, mercifully, he died instantly of a broken neck from the lioness' first bite. (p. 5)
Capstick himself was quite a character having chucked a career as a broker to hunt. Unapologetic about chain smoking and happy to have a drink, his book is full of wit and insight--the complete man's read. If you hunt much and are sick and tired of endless discussions about what caliber for what beast from your friends and in hunting rags, Capstick rarely delves into that nonsense but does at times offer plain advice and matter of fact experience. Perfect gift for hunting dads.
Note to Jazzy: none of that kinky stuff you read, this is a family board.