Bear Hunter: The Life and Times of Robert Eager Bobo in the Canebrakes of the Old South
James T. McCafferty
Over a century ago readers of sporting journals in America and Europe relished the tales of Mississippi Delta bear hunter Robert Eager Bobo. Yet, in the years since, this most famous bear hunter of the late 1800s has been all but forgotten - until now. The Bear Hunter brings to the modern reader not only the true chronicles of Bobo's bear hunting but a fascinating and thoroughly entertaining picture of pioneer life in the nineteenth century wilderness of the lower Mississippi Valley sure to delight hunters, outdoor lovers, nature enthusiasts, Southern history buffs, folklore fans, and anyone who just enjoys a good book. Come now with Bobo and a variety of captivating characters - including the notorious outlaw Jesse James - on their quests for black bear in an environment that now exists only on the pages of history: the wild, trackless, Mississippi Delta canebrake. Gallop at a breakneck pace through sloughs and swamps, where a horse's stumble over a cypress knee could mean sudden disaster; thrill to the savage chorus of the hounds as they pursue their game; charge into the cane to knife the bear before it can decimate the pack; taste the fear when the tables turn and hunter becomes the hunted; relax by the campfire on a frosty November evening and listen to the tales of wolf and panther and gun and knife; laugh, too, at comical stories of old time Delta backwoods ways; and, perhaps, shed a tear, as the inevitable tragedies of life visit your newfound friends. Let us not delay! The hunters are gathered; the horses are champing at their bits; the dogs are spoiling for a fight; Bobo is sounding his horn. It is time to ride.