The charm of ranch life comes in its freedom, and the vigorous, open-air existence it forces a man to lead.
Hunting Trips of a Ranchman
Sketches of Sport on the Northern Cattle Plains
Perhaps rivaling his passion for politics was Roosevelts passion for the wild outdoors. Hunting Trips of a Ranchman is Roosevelts ode to the beauty, vigor and challenges of the Dakota Badlands and the frontier life.
The northern cattle plains Stock-raising Cowboys, their dress and character My ranches in the Bad Lands of the Little Missouri Indoor amusements Books Pack-rats Birds Ranch life The round-up Indians Ephemeral nature of ranch life Foes of the stockmen Wolves, their ravages Fighting with dogs Cougar My brother kills one One killed by blood-hounds The chase one of the chief pleasures of ranch life Hunters and cowboys Weapons Dress Hunting-horses Target-shooting and game-shooting
Stalking wild geese with rifle Another goose killed in early morning Snow-goose shot with rifle from beaver meadow Description of plains beaver Its rapid extinction Ducks Not plenty on cattle plains Teal Duck-shooting in course of wagon trip to eastward Mallards and wild geese in cornfields Eagle and ducks Curlews Noisiness and curiosity Grass plover Skunks
Rifle and shot-gun Sharp-tailed prairie fowl Not often regularly pursued Killed for pot Booming in spring Their young A day after them with shot-gun in August At that time easy to kill Change of habits in fall Increased wariness Shooting in snow-storm from edge of canyon Killing them with rifle in early morning Trip after them made by my brother and myself Sage-fowl The grouse of the desert Habits Good food Shooting them Jack-rabbit An account of a trip made by my brother, in Texas, after wild turkey Shooting them from the roosts Coursing them with greyhounds
The White-tail deer best known of American large game The most difficult to exterminate A buck killed in light snow about Christmas-time The species very canny Two "tame fawns" Habits of deer Pets Method of still-hunting the white-tail Habits contrasted with those of antelope Wagon trip to the westward Heavy cloud-burst Buck shot while hunting on horseback Moonlight ride
The black-tail and white-tail deer compared Different zones where game are found Hunting on horseback and on foot Still-hunting Anecdotes Rapid extermination First buck shot Buck shot from hiding-place Different qualities required in hunting different kinds of game Still-hunting the black-tail a most noble form of sport Dress required Character of habitat Bad Lands Best time for shooting, at dusk Difficult aiming Large buck killed in late evening Fighting capacity of bucks Appearance of black-tail Difficult to see and to hit Indians poor shots Riding to hounds Tracking Hunting in fall weather Three killed in a day's hunting on foot A hunt on horseback Pony turns a somersault Two bucks killed by one ball at very long range
The prong-horn antelope Appearance, habits, and method of hunting Hunting on horseback Wariness, speed, curiosity, and incapacity to make high jumps Fawns as pets Eagles Horned frogs Rattlesnakes Trip on the prairie in June Sights and sounds Desolate plains Running antelope Night camp Prairie dogs Badgers Skylarks A long shot Clear weather Camping among Medicine Buttes Sunset on plateau
Spell of bitter weather News brought of mountain sheep Start after them False alarm about bear Character of Bad Lands Description of mountain sheep or big-horn Its wariness Contrasted with other game Its haunts The hardest of all game to successfully hunt Our trip Cold weather and tiresome walking Very rough ground Slippery, ice-covered crags Ram killed
Extinction of the vast herds Causes A veritable tragedy of the animal world Sentimental and practical sides Traces left by buffalo Skulls and trails Merciless destruction by hunters and by cattle-men Development of mountain race of the buffalo Buffalo-hunting Noble sport Slight danger A man killed My brother charged Adventure of my cousin with a wounded buffalo Three of my men and wounded cow Buffalo and cattle Hunting them on foot Hunting on horseback My brother in Texas I take a trip in buffalo country Wounded bull escapes Miserable night camp Miss a cow in rain Bad luck Luck turns Kill a bull A wagon-trip
Former range of elk Rapid destruction Habits Persecuted by hunters Other foes Lordly game Trip to Bighorn Mountains Managing pack-train See elk and go into camp Follow up band in moccasins Kill two Character of the deep woods Sights and sounds of the forest Blue grouse Snow Cold weather Trout Calling of bull elk Killing elk in burned timber Animals of the wilderness Kill great bull elk Kill another
Dangerous game, but much less dangerous than formerly Old-time hunters and weapons Grizzly and other ferocious wild beasts Only fights if wounded Anecdotes of their killing and wounding men Attacks stock Our hunting on the Bighorn Mountains Merrifield kills black bear Grizzly almost comes into camp Tracks of grizzly Watch for one at elk carcass Follow him up and kill him Merrifield kills one Five shot with seven bullets She and cub killed Return home