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American Buffalo by Steven Rinella
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Mar 12, 2009

really liked it
Read in February, 2009

This guy could have written a straight up history of the buffalo as a species (which he also does here to an extent), but he lucked out and got a chance to legally hunt a buffalo in Alaska, which makes the story all the more powerful. I've never hunted and never will, but reading Rinella's account of his own hunt gave me a whole new respect for people who do it the right way. He's no trophy hunter, and when you read about the difficult butchering process and how Rinella attempts to use as many parts of the animal as he can drag out of the wilderness, you start to realize just how hard life was for the Indians and buffalo skinners that made a living of such things. It's hard to feel too bad for the old timers, though; they did nearly exterminate an entire species, after all... Rinella was on NPR a while back, too, so search for that if this seems interesting...

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