History of the Hunt

History of the Hunt

A podcast about the history of the hunting culture in America and beyond. Outdoor writer and historian Keith Crowley interviews experts and discusses prominent hunters, great outdoor writers, and the important conservationists of the past.Think Teddy Roosevelt, think Ernest Hemingway, think Aldo Leopold. Or maybe George Bird Grinnell, Robert Ruark, and Sig Olson. Let's not forget about Phillip Percival, Gordon MacQuarrie, and Ding Darling. Modern hunters owe those people, and a long list of their contemporaries, a debt of gratitude for the many opportunities we have today... and that's our focus. Produced by /Lodge Trail Ent., LLC. Theme music "Grip of the Black Gold" by Steve Blexrud and Thunderheads. Used by permission: https://www.thunderheadsmusic.com/store.html... Show More

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June 11, 2020 52 min

Host Keith Crowley talks with Randy Zarnke, President of the Alaska Trappers Association, about his project to record oral histories of the old-timers in the Alaska backwoods. Zarnke has spent the last 23 years tracking down these old hunters and trappers to preserve their stories. As you might imagine, there are some real characters out there in the Alskan bush. For example, one of Randy's interviewees began his career by live...

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Host and MacQuarrie biographer Keith Crowley talks with Editor Dave Evenson about two new Gordon MacQuarrie compilations taken from his newspaper columns in the Milwaukee Journal between 1936 and MacQuarrie's premature death in 1956. In these new books, titled "Right off the Reel" and "Dogs, Drink & Other Drivel", both published by the Barnes Area Historical Association, we learn more about MacQuarrie the pe...

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Host Keith Crowley talks with writer Ken Blomberg about the impact Art Hawkins had on wildlife science in the mid-20th Century. Hawkins was one of Aldo Leopold's students at the University of Wisconsin, and he went on to establish many modern methods of surveying wildlife populations including the invention of transects. Hawkins, along with Frank Bellrose  saved the American Wood Duck and Hawkins was a founding member of the Wo...

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Show Notes

  • Host Keith Crowley talks with author Roger Pinckney about "The Greatest Hunting Trip Ever"...The Lewis and Clark overland expedition to the Pacific Ocean in 1804-06.
  • Roger explains why grizzlies were the Corps of Discoveries least favorite animal, and why bison were their favorites.
  • Our guest discusses the guns of the L&C expedition, including the famous Girandoni Air Rifle.
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    More writings of R...

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    Host Keith Crowley talks with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Historian Mark Madison about J.M. "Ding" Darling, the creator of the Duck Stamp and the Director of the Bureau of Biological Survey (predecessor to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.) Darling was a Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist who had a knack for getting the most out of people when it came to conservation. Because of his leadership, his forethoug...

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  • Host Keith Crowley interviews the creator and administrator of Robert C. Ruark on Facebook. Mike Walker turned his passion for all things Ruark into a successful social media page. 
  • Walker explains where he gets his content and why Ruark is one of the best Golden Age writers. 
  • He also explains why he believes Peter Hathaway Capstick is not one of the best!
  • Related information:

  • Archive.org
  • Horn of the Hunter by Robert Ruark
  • The ...
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    Host Keith Crowley talks with Ashley Hlebinsky, Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.  Subjects include:

  • Buffalo or Bison?
  • Which guns really "won the west."
  • The history of big-bore buffalo rifles.
  • Long range shooting.
  • The total remodel of the Cody Firearms Museum.
  • Retiring at 30? 
  • Related information:

    Firearms Historian Ashley Hlebinsky - Bio
    Ashley on Instagram
    Cody Firearms Mus...

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  • Legendary outdoor writer Gene Hill captivated readers with his wit and humor for decades. 
  • Host Keith Crowley interviews publisher, editor, and writer, Steve Smith, about his close friend Gene Hill and their adventures hunting - and writing - together.
  • Hill's words about hunting dogs were the best and may be in part the result of Hill's WWII experiences. 

  • Related information:

  • Gene Hill Books
  • Pointing Dog Journal
  • Retrie...
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  • Host Keith Crowley interviews Aldo Leopold scholar and biographer, Dr. Curt Meine from the Aldo Leopold Foundation.
  • We talk about the legendary conservationist's roots in hunting, Leopold's historic book, A Sand County Almanac, and how he changed the world of wildlife management. 
  • We also talk about Leopold's love of bow-hunting with traditional, hand-made bows and arrows. 
  • We put to rest the famously misattributed "qu...
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    March 27, 2020 12 min

    Outdoor writer and historian Keith Crowley introduces you to this new type of hunting podcast. He explains the purpose behind History of the Hunt, who and what we will talk about, and what we definitely WON'T talk about.

    Theme Music: Grip of the Black Gold
    Songwriter: Steve Blexrud
    Performed by Steve Blexrud and Thunderheads

    Books by Keith Crowley

  • Gordon MacQuarrie: The Story of an Old Duck Hunter 
  • Pheasant Dogs 
  • Wildlife in the Badla...
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