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Weatherby Stories/Big Game Hunt-Vokins, Nancy

Vol. 27 in Safari Press's 'Classics in Big-Game Hunting Series.' Each winner has submitted a story encapsulating a particularly interesting segment of his hunting life, & each entry contains an extensive bio that details the life & times of the person. Color & B&W photos; 9x11 inches, 408 pgs. 

For nearly 50 years, the Weatherby Award has been known as the Oscar of the hunting world in recognition of the achievements of the world's greatest hunters. From Herb Klein's first award in 1956 to Rex Baker's award in 2002, all the award winners have been included. Each winner has submitted a story encapsulating a particularly interesting segment of his hunting life, and each entry contains an extensive biography that details the life and times of the person. The editor spent countless hours unearthing the best hunting stories from each of the Weatherby winners, so there are some hold-onto-the-edge-of-your-seat adventures described--tales of hunting on 6 continents for stunning trophies under the most difficult (and sometimes very amusing) conditions. The stories, many never before published, are by names you will recognize: Jack O'Connor (1957 recipient), Warren Page (1958), Prince Abdorreza of Iran (1962), Dr. Frank Hibben (1964), C.J. McElroy (1969), James Mellon (1972), Rudolf Sand (1976), Valentin de Madariage (1977), Arthur Carlsberg (1978 posthumous recipient as he fell off a mountain while sheep hunting in Asai, right before he was to receive his award), Watson Yoshimoto (1980), Jesus Yuren (1995), and all the other Weatherby winners. Here is your chance to read how Mellon pursues a giant markhor in Afghanistan with dogged determination; how Carlo Caldesi shoots a gaur that gets singed in a brush fire; how Prince Abdorreza searches for a world-record Persian ibex; how Frank Hibben stalks an immense tiger, but ends up with the largest leopard ever taken in his time; how Thornton Snider (1985) finds an elephant with monster tusks; how Rudolf Sand pursues an impossible-to-get mountain nyala; and what happens on C.J. McElroy's found of SCI, last safari in Africa. The scope of the book entails a grand total of 46 interesting stories and biographies, a historical introduction as to how the Weatherby originated, hundreds of fascinating photographs, and statistical information and background on the award. This is a valuable record of hunting derring-do as well as a darned good read. In addition, this limited edition has been signed by no less than 165 living Weatherby winners, a unique feat in book publishing and sure to make this book a superb collector's item in years to come.