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A Pioneering Hunter Limited Edition


A Pioneering Hunter Limited Edition

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A Pioneering Hunter – Marsh

Marsh B. A PIONEERING HUNTER -Safari Press, 2006 Long Beach, 1st edn, 247pp, photos, ltd to 1000 signed, numbered, & slipcased copies.- Series Volume 54 in Safari Press’s Classics in African Hunting Series.- There are few names in African big-game hunting as iconic as that of Brian Marsh. This is true not only because he is a great and largely self-taught hunter who pioneered professional hunting in Zimbabwe after World War II, and not even because he personally knew such greats as John “Pondoro” Taylor, Peter Hathaway Capstick, and royalty (or obscure but equally noteworthy characters such as the onetime tracker for the great F. C. Selous), but because he has spent most of his life hunting game. The diversity of his full life is hard to grasp. He started out in the dangerous profession of hunting crocodiles for a living in Malawi in the 1950s, and then he moved on to establish hunting areas in Zimbabwe at a time when the concept was unknown and even scorned. But equally as important as Brian’s exploits has been his ability to write of his experiences and, in so doing, capturing the very essence of the Dark Continent. What is unique about Brian’s writing is his plain honesty. His exploits throughout these pages, underplayed with modesty, and his mistakes, told with sincerity, not only entertain but also teach in a way that is not quickly forgotten. Easily understood ballistics, in-depth analysis of species and how to hunt them, insight into game management and professional hunting, and even a simple description of preparing a tasty delicacy over a mopane fire in the field tell more than just a story of hunting. His experiences are real, and as his life story unfolds, one would be forgiven for believing it is a tale of two lifetimes. Some of his exciting stories include the elephant shot in the Gonarezhou with tusks that went 132 and 107. Elephant cropping, buffalo